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Forum 74

Phoenix, Arizona, USA   |   May 14-17, 2018

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Held May 14-17 2018 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona, AHS's 74th Annual Forum and Technology Display featured more than 250 technical paper presentations, as well as nearly 50 invited VIP presentations, from civil and military experts and leaders. The presentations covered all aspects of vertical flight and related technologies. Highlights included talks by executives of the world’s leading rotorcraft manufacturers and military leaders from the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy/Marine Corps and U.S. Special Operations Command.

Forum 74 had a strong emphasis on the emerging electric-powered VTOL aircraft (eVTOL) industry and included a full day of sessions on eVTOL technology on Thursday, May 17. In addition, the Vertical Flight Society held a “Short Course on Electric VTOL Technology” given by leading technical experts in VTOL and electric power.

At the Society’s 74th Annual Grand Awards Banquet, more than 20 individual and group awards were presented to recognize the vertical flight community’s greatest accomplishments. At the Banquet, the Society presented 25 scholarships totaling $90,000 as part of its educational mission; in addition, some 75 student volunteers attended the forum at no charge to assist in administering the technical conference.

Alfred Gessow Best Paper of Forum 74
Avoiding Obstacles during Approach: DVE-Mitigation Flight Trials and Beyond
Michael Zimmermann, Martin Gestwa, DLR - German Aerospace Center
Stephanus Klasen, Andreas Lederle, HENSOLDT Sensors GmbH
Best Papers
Estimating Helicopter Noise Abatement Information with Machine Learning
Eric Greenwood, NASA Langley Research Center
Advanced Vertical Flight
A Truly Biomimetic Hover-Capable Flapping Wing Robot
David Coleman, Moble Benedict, Texas A&M University
Unsteady Boundary Layer Transition Measurements on a Rotor in Forward Flight
Austin Overmeyer, NASA Langley Research Center
J.T. Heineck, NASA Ames Research Center
Christian Wolf, German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Aircraft Design
Heuristic Discovery of Improved Rotor Designs
Jeffrey D. Sinsay, U.S. Army
Juan J. Alonso, Stanford University
Avionics & Systems
Avoiding Obstacles during Approach: DVE-Mitigation Flight Trials and Beyond
Michael Zimmermann, Martin Gestwa, DLR - German Aerospace Center
Stephanus Klasen, Andreas Lederle, HENSOLDT Sensors GmbH
Crew Stations & Human Factors
ARSAD: An Augmented-Reality Spatial Auditory Display for Obstacle Avoidance during all Phases of Flight
Joel D. Miller, Martine Godfroy-Cooper, SJSURF/NASA ARC HSI
Elizabeth M. Wenzel, NASA ARC HSI
Automated Operational Modal Identification of a Rotor Blade
Daiju Uehara, Marc Eitner, Jayant Sirohi, The University of Texas at Austin
Rotary Inspection Tracking System
M. Rob Cooke, Mandy Kramer, Traci Webb, GS Engineering Inc.
Corey D. Packard, Zachary J. Edel, ThermoAnalytics Inc.
Handling Qualities
Piloted Simulation Evaluation of Tracking MTEs for the Assessment of High-Speed Handling Qualities
David H. Klyde, Sean P. Pitoniak, P. Chase Schulze, Systems Technology Inc.
Paul Ruckel, James Rigsby, Bell Helicopter
Cody E. Fegely, Hong Xin, William C. Fell, Sikorsky a Lockheed Martin Company
Roy Brewer, Frank Conway, Ray Mulato, The Boeing Company
Joe Horn, The Pennsylvania State University
Carl R. Ott, Chris L. Blanken, U.S. Army RDECOM
Manufacturing Technology
Utilization of Factory Physics in Reducing Span and Variation in Production
Chandrashekhar Tiwari, Gregg Skinner, Bell
Modeling & Simulation
Full-Envelope Stitched Simulation Model of a Quadcopter Using STITCH
Eric L. Tobias, Frank C. Sanders, Mark B. Tischler, U.S. Army Aviation Development Directorate (AMRDEC)
Development of Powered-Lift Airworthiness Standards as Applied to the AW609 Tiltrotor Certification Basis
William Fraser, David King, Joseph M. Schaeffer, Dan Wells, AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corp.
Structures and Materials
Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator Fuselage Proof Test
Dennis K. McCarthy, Dan Solari, Jasmina Maack, The Boeing Company
Darryl Toni, Sikorsky A Lockheed Martin Company
Matt Spies, US Army AMRDEC
Test & Evaluation
Experimental Evaluation of Multi-rotor UAV Operation under Icing Conditions
Sihong Yan, Tomas Opazo, Jose Palacios, Jack W. Langelaan, The Pennsylvania State University
Louis-David Germain, Transport Canada
Unmanned VTOL
A System for Autonomous Rotorcraft Dual-Lift Flight Research
Marc D. Takahashi, Matthew S. Whalley, Marcos G. Berrios, US Army Aviation Development Directorate AvMC
Gregory J. Schulein, NASA Ames Research Center
Image Galleries
Forum 74 Tour of Boeing Mesa
Tour of the Boeing Vertical Lift facilities in Mesa, Arizona on Friday, May 18, 2018, after Forum 74
Forum 74 Awards
The 74th Annual Grand Awards Banquet was held at the Phoenix Convention Center on May 16, 2018.
Forum 74 VFF Reception
Vertical Flight Foundation (VFF) Reception before the 74th Annual Grand Awards Banquet at Forum 74, May 16, 2018, Phoenix, Arizona. VFS photos by Kenneth Krehbiel. CC BY-SA 3.0
Forum 74 Exhibit Hall
The Sikorsky Exhibit Hall Reception was held Tuesday evening, May 15, 2018, after the first day of technical presentations of Forum 74 at the Phoenix Convention Center.
Forum 74 MAV Competition & Short Courses
The 6th Annual Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) Student Challenge was held on Monday, May 14, 2018 as part of the 74th Annual Forum & Technology Display, at the Phoenix Convention Center (see Two short courses were also held that day: one on electric VTOL aircraft and one on rotorcraft simulation.
Forum 74 Opening General Session
Forum 74 Opening General Session, Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Forum 74 Sessions
Forum 74 included a record 41 technical paper sessions for 251 papers, two short courses and more than 40 invited talks and panel presentations.


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