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Virtual   |   October 5-8, 2020

Forum 75 logo The Vertical Flight Society's 76th Annual Forum & Technology Display was a great success! World's leading international technical event on vertical flight technology. More than 1,600 people experienced the "Future of Vertical Flight" at Forum 76, held Oct. 5-8, 2020, virtually.

More than 228 technical papers were presented plus special sessions with invited presentations and panel discussions by experts and decision makers in industry, academia, government agencies and research institutions.

After months of waiting and weeks of preparations, the virtual 76th Annual Grand Awards Ceremony video was broadcast on YouTube on Sept. 30, almost exactly 76 years after the First Annual Dinner awards were given on Oct. 7, 1944. More than 20 individual and group awards were presented to recognize the vertical flight community's greatest accomplishments. The Society presented 29 scholarships totaling $100,000 as part of its educational mission; in addition, many student volunteers attended the forum virtually to assist in administering the technical conference.

Alfred Gessow Best Paper of Forum 76
Development and Validation of Generic Maneuvering Flight Noise Abatement Guidance for Helicopters
James H. Stephenson, US Army CCDC AvMC
Michael E. Watts, Analytical Mechanics Associates Inc.
Kyle A. Pascioni, NASA Langley Research Center
Eric Greenwood, Pennsylvania State University
Best Papers
Development and Validation of Generic Maneuvering Flight Noise Abatement Guidance for Helicopters
James H. Stephenson, US Army CCDC AvMC
Michael E. Watts, Analytical Mechanics Associates Inc.
Kyle A. Pascioni, NASA Langley Research Center
Eric Greenwood, Pennsylvania State University
Advanced Vertical Flight
Design, Development and Flight Testing of a Gun-Launched Rotary-Wing Micro Air Vehicle
Hunter Denton, Moble Benedict, Texas A&M University
Hao Kang, US Army CCDC ARL
Vikram Hrishikeshavan, University of Maryland
Numerical and Experimental Investigation into the Aerodynamic Benefits of Rotorcraft Formation Flight
Mark Voskuijl, Jan de Vries, Finbar van der Veen, Netherlands Defence Academy
Ramon Duivenvoorden, Delft University of Technology
Lars Moree, Royal Netherlands Air Force
Aircraft Design
Investigation of BERP-Shape Tip Design on an Apache Rotor Blade
Ronny Widjaja, Defence Science and Technology Group
Rohit Jain, Joon W. Lim, Mark Potsdam, US Army Combat Capability Development Command AvMC ARC
Avionics and Systems
Stability Augmentation System for Coaxial Ultralight Helicopters
Tobias Richter, Walter Fichter, Benjamin Rothaupt, Alexander Steinwandel, University of Stuttgart
Benedikt Grebing, edm aerotec GmbH
Crash Safety
Crashworthiness of a Lift plus Cruise eVTOL Vehicle Design within Dynamic Loading Environments
Jacob Putnam, Justin Littell, NASA Langley Research Center
Crew Stations
Multisensory Cueing to Resolve Helicopter Drift Detection in DVE
Angus Rupert, DRIP
J. Christopher Brill, Air Force Research Lab
Braden McGrath, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Bruce Mortimer, Engineering Acoustics Inc.
Tiltrotor Conversion Maneuver Analysis with RCAS
Hyeonsoo Yeo, US Army CCDC AvMC
Hossein Saberi, Advanced Rotorcraft Technology Inc.
Electric VTOL
Wind Tunnel Testing and Analysis of a Rigid, Variable Speed Rotor for eVTOL Applications
William Staruk, Evan Bonny, Lauren Butt, Cody Gray, Garrett Hennig, Diego Represa, Richard Toner, Aurora Flight Sciences - A Boeing Company
Handling Qualities
Outer-Loop Control Design and Simulation Handling Qualities Assessment for a Coaxial-Compound Helicopter and Tiltrotor
Tom Berger, Mark B. Tischler, US Army CCDC AvMC
Joseph Horn, Pennsylvania State University
The Aircraft, the Rotorcraft and the Life of Walter Rieseler 1890-1937
Berend G. van der Wall, German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Bell 525 Relentless - Using Tail Rotor Torque Measurements for Maintenance Credit
Brian Tucker, Drew Waller, Ankit Patel, Bell Textron Inc.
Manufacturing and Technology
Bell 505 Automation at Final Assembly - Project Octopus
Cédric Roche, Bell Textron
Modeling and Simulation
Enhancement and Validation of VPM-Derived State-Space Inflow Models for Multi-Rotor Simulation
Matthew Gladfelter, Chengjian He, Chongseok Chang, Advanced Rotorcraft Technology Inc.
Mark B. Tischler, Mark J. S. Lopez, US Army CCDC AvMC
Ondrej Juhasz, US Naval Academy
Dragonfly : Defining Environments for Rotorcraft Flight on Titan
Ralph D. Lorenz, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
Product Support
Leveraging Additive Manufacturing for Low-Volume, Out-of-Production Spare Parts
Thomas G. Reilly, Bell Textron Inc.
Development of a Brushless DC Motor Sizing Algorithm for a Small UAS Design Framework
Farid Saemi, Moble Benedict, Texas A&M University
Nathan Beals, Army Research Laboratory
Status and Way Forward on Rotorcraft Lightning Protection
Sonia Zehar, Marc Meyer, Bernard Tagliana, Airbus Helicopters
Structures and Materials
Structural Integrity Challenges for Future Rotorcraft Programs
Robert E. Benton Jr., US Army CCDC AvMC
Systems Engineering
Advances in Property Model Methodology (PMM)
Louis Fabre, Christian Gaurel, Nicolas Martignago, Pascal Pandolfi, Pascal Paper, Thomas Razafimahefa, Airbus Helicopters
Patrice Micouin, Micouin Consulting
Test and Evaluation
GPS-BASED Airspeed Calibration for Rotorcraft: Generalized Application for All Flight Regimes
Denis Hamel, Alexander Kolarich, Airbus Helicopters Inc.
Unmanned VTOL
Atmospheric Sampling in Urban Areas and Complex Terrain using UAS Swarms
Jared Cooper, David Neal, Barron Associates Inc.
Alex R. Andrekanic, Matthew S. Paulini, Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate
Stephan De Wekker, University of Virginia
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Forum 76 Awards 2020
Award winners honored at VFS Annual Forum 76 - Virtual October 5-8, 2020


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