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Forum 75

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA   |   May 13-16, 2019

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The Vertical Flight Society's 75th Annual Forum & Technology Display was a great success! More than 1,400 people experienced the "Future of Vertical Flight" at Forum 75, held May 13-16, 2019, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. More than 280 technical papers were presented, plus more than 75 invited presentations and panel discussions by experts and decision makers in industry, academia, government agencies and research institutions.

This year's 75th Annual Forum & Technology Display spans four days and bridges 75 years of historical perspective with a vision for the "Future of Vertical Flight."

At the Society’s 75th 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 28 scholarships totaling $100,000 as part of its educational mission; in addition, some 80 student volunteers attended the forum at no charge to assist in administering the technical conference.

Alfred Gessow Best Paper of Forum 75
Helicopter Rotor Boundary Layer Transition Measurement in Forward Flight Using an Infrared Camera
Anthony Gardner, Christian Wolf, Miles Barnett, Markus Raffel, German Aerospace Center (DLR)
JT Heineck, NASA
Best Papers
Regarding the Perceptual Significance and Characterization of Broadband Components of Helicopter Source Noise
Andrew Christian, Jarrett Caston, Eric Greenwood, NASA Langley Research Center
Advanced Vertical Flight
Development of a Gun-Launched Rotary-Wing Micro Air Vehicle
Hunter Denton, Moble Benedict, Texas A &M University
Hao Kang, US Army CCDC AvMC
Vikram Hrishikeshavan, University of Maryland
Helicopter Rotor Boundary Layer Transition Measurement in Forward Flight Using an Infrared Camera
Anthony Gardner, Christian Wolf, Miles Barnett, Markus Raffel, German Aerospace Center (DLR)
JT Heineck, NASA
Aircraft Design
VTOL Concepts for Unmanned Payload Delivery Applications
Michael Avera, US Army Research Lab
Avionics and Systems
Advanced Technology, Lightweight, Multifunctional Micro-avionics for Manned and Unmanned Rotorcraft Enhance Operational Capability of Future Vertical Lift Platforms
RaNae Contarino, V. Michael Contarino, R Cubed Engineering LLC
Richard Healing, Air Safety Engineering LLC
Crash Safety
Hydrodynamic Ram Compliant and Self-Sealing Fuel Cell Structures
Dennis McCarthy, Lisa Chiu, Christopher Gatley, Clark Andrews, Jamie Childress, Boeing Co.
Mark Robeson, US Army CCDC AvMC - ADD
Crew Stations and Human Factors
A Strategy for Determining Optimal Crewing in Future Vertical Lift: Human-Automation Function Allocation
Katie Ernst, Laura Militello, Christen Sushereba, Julie DiIulio, Scott Wonderly, Applied Decision Science LLC
Emilie Roth, Roth Cognitive Engineering
Scott Scheff, HF Designworks Inc.
Devorah Klein, Marimo Consulting
Grant Taylor, US Army CCDC
Advanced Rotorcraft Aeromechanics Simulations Using HPCMP CREATE™-AV Helios
Beatrice Roget, Jay Sitaraman, Ryan Blumenstein, Mina Taheri, Hossein Saberi, Advanced Rotorcraft Technology Inc.
Handling Qualities
Flight Test Evaluation of Proposed High-Speed Break Turn MTE
James C. Bumbaugh, NAVAIR Flight Dynamics
John Tritschler, Christopher Mattei, Michael Mosher, Robert Barthelmes, US Naval Test Pilot School
Health and Usage Monitoring Systems (HUMS) - CBM
Diagnostic Features from Aircraft Propulsion Bearings in Accelerated Aging Experiments
Brian Dykas, Adrian A. Hood, Edward Zhu, US Army CCDC ARL
Nenad G. Nenadic, Rochester Institute of Technology
Manufacturing Technology and Processing
Additive Manufacturing (AM) of a Rotorcraft Gearbox Housing Independent Research & Development (IRAD) Project
Gerald M. Cross, Robert R. Filler, Boeing Research and Technology, The Boeing Company
Modeling and Simulation
Linearized Inflow and Interference Models from High Fidelity Free Wake Analysis for Modern Rotorcraft Configurations
Jeffrey D. Keller, Robert M. McKillip Jr., Daniel A. Wachspress, Continuum Dynamics Inc.
Mark B. Tischler, Ondrej Juhasz, US Army ADD CCDC AvMC
Speed and Maneuverability Benefits of Sikorsky's X2 Technology versus Air-Defense Artillery
Bjorn C. Foote, Jordan A. Kaye, Alexander Q. Weintraub, Sikorsky a Lockheed Martin Co.
Mark E. Robeson, Jay P. Kiser, Daniel V. Camp, US Army ADD
Product Support Systems Technology
RFID Solution for Tracking Components Life for Rotor Head Assembly
Maciej Zawodniok, Sohel Patel, Missouri S&T
Nagaraja Iyyer, Technical Data Analysis-I Inc.
Kishan Goel, Nam D. Phan, NAVAIR
Lessons Learned in Fabrication of a High-Specific-Torque Concentric Magnetic Gear
Zachary Cameron, Thomas Tallerico, Justin Scheidler, NASA Glen Research Center
System Safety for Vertical Flight
John E. Hewitt, Sikorsky Aircraft
Structures and Materials
An Alternative Probabilistic Approach for Reliability Assessment of Rotorcraft Structures
Thomas A. Frewen, Mark R. Gurvich, Bob LaBarre, United Technologies Research Center
Systems Engineering
Intelligent Black Box Verification, Validation, and Accreditation for Rotorcraft Performance Modeling
William McCandless, US Army Futures Command
Ian Dettwiller, US Army Corps of Engineers - ERDC
Test and Evaluation
Advanced AH-64 Compound Wind Tunnel Testing Overview
Edward Brouwers, Richard Deresz, The Boeing Company
Michael Fillman, AeroVironment Inc.
Unmanned VTOL Aircraft and Rotorcraft
Helicopter Formation Control Algorithm for Manned-Unmanned Teaming
Alexander Donkels, Andreas Voigt, German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Image Galleries
Forum 75 Awards Reception
Banquet reception preceding the Forum 75 Grand Awards Banquet, Wednesday evening, May 15, 2019. (VFS photos by Kenneth I. Swartz. CC-BY-SA 4.0)
Forum 75 Awards Banquet
Forum 75 Grand Awards Banquet, Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Pioneers Panel & Reception (Forum 75)
Franklin Institute panel and reception, Monday evening, May 13, 2019, “Memoirs of our Pioneers: A Celebration of Their Life and Times”
Forum 75 Exhibits
Forum 75 Technology Display, May 14-15, 2019
Forum 75 General Sessions
General Sessions, May 14, 2019.
Forum 75 Special Sessions
Special Sessions of invited presenters, May 13-16, 2019 at Forum 75


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