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Forum 73

Fort Worth, Texas, USA   |   May 8-12, 2017

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AHS International's Annual Forum & Technology Display is the world's leading international technical event on vertical flight technology. The 73rd Forum, held May 8-12 in Forth Worth, Texas, included more than 250 technical papers on every discipline from Acoustics to Unmanned Systems, as well as invited presentations and discussions by leaders in industry and government.

The Technology Display, running concurrent with the Forum, featured an extensive exposition of cutting-edge vertical flight technologies. It also included other technologies more broadly applicable to aerospace in general. Leading manufacturers, service providers, defense agencies, universities, and research and development organizations showcased the very latest in vertical flight technology. 

 Forum 73 Highlights

  • More than 250 technical papers presented by experts in their fields on the latest theories and breakthroughs in vertical flight technology.
  • Perspectives from leaders in industry, academia and government on the future of vertical flight technology. 
  • The latest technologies from leading manufacturers, service providers, defense agencies, universities, and research and development organizations in our extensive technology display.
  • Interaction and sharing ideas with more than 1,000 of the world's leading vertical flight professionals.
  • Recognition of AHS award winners and scholarship recipients at the Vertical Flight Foundation Reception and the Grand Awards Banquet.
  • Special Forum-related activities on Monday, May 8 and Friday, May 12, that included short courses, tours and the MAV Student Challenge.

Alfred Gessow Best Paper of Forum 73
Analysis and Testing of Boundary-Layer-Ingesting Pusher Propeller for High Speed Rotorcraft
Blake Moffitt, Patrick Bowles, Jongwook Joo, Byung-Young Min, Brian Wake, UTRC
Best Papers
Analysis and Testing of Boundary-Layer-Ingesting Pusher Propeller for High Speed Rotorcraft
Blake Moffitt, Patrick Bowles, Jongwook Joo, Byung-Young Min, Brian Wake, UTRC
Aircraft Design
Probabilistic Methodology for Multi-Fidelity Model-Based Robust Preliminary Design of Rotorcraft
Dominik Wirth, Manfred Hajek, Technical University of Munich
Avionics and Systems
Benefits and Limitations of Reliance on an Open Architecture Technical Standard to Meet Expectations of an Open System
Thomas A. DuBois, The Boeing Company
Scott A. Wigginton, US Army AATD
Michael C. Orlovsky, Lockheed Martin
William P. Kinahan, Sikorsky a Lockheed Martin Company
Crash Safety
Demonstration of Aviation Mishap Reconstruction with On-Board Crash Recording Technologies
Brandon Hall, Robert Willis, Lindley Bark, NAWCAD
Crew Stations and Human Factors
Degraded Visual Environment Mitigation (DVE-M) Program, Yuma 2016 Flight Trials in Brownout
Zoltan Szoboszlay, Brian Fujizawa, Joe Minor, Michael Osmon, Zachariah Morford, US Army ADD
Bradley Davis, US Army Research Lab
Experimental Validation of Multi-Mode Tailboom Passive Vibration Control Using Fluidic Flexible Matrix Composite Tubes
Matthew Krott, Edward C. Smith, Christopher D. Rahn, The Pennsylvania State University
Handling Qualities
Interpreting Time-Frequency Analyses of Pilot Control Activity in ADS-33E Mission Task Elements
John K. Tritschler, John C. O'Connor, John M. Holder, US Naval Test Pilot School
David H. Klyde, Amanda K. Lampton, Systems Technology Inc.
Regime Recognition Accuracy
Jason Hull, Jeffrey Monaco, Spire Innovations LLC
Mark Davis, Raymond Beale, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
Roberto Semidey, Mark Glucksman-Glaser, Naval Air Systems Command
'Larsen's Goon' - The Forgotten History of Pitcairn's PA-36 Autogiro
Dr. Bruce H. Charnov, Hofstra University
Manufacturing Technology and Processing
Affordable Design and Manufacturing of the V-280 Wing
Ryan Decker, Andrew Baines, Dave Carlson, James Kooiman, Keith Stanney, Doug Wolfe, Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
Modeling and Simulation
Aeroelastic Analysis for Highly Flexible Flapping Wing in Hover
Xuan Yang, Aswathi Sudhir, Atanu Halder, Moble Benedict, Texas A&M University
An Investigation of Emergency Flight Operations with Vertical Flight Aircraft in Class B Airspace
Kaydon A. Stanzione, Praxis Technologies Inc.
Michael Baiada, ATH Group Inc.
Richard Ruff, Boston Area HAAO
Product Support
Demand Forecasting: Cross-Functional, Cross-Disciplinary Analytics
Ping Liu, Sikorsky a Lockheed Martin Company
Hybrid Ceramic Bearing Fatigue Testing for the Future Advanced Rotorcraft Drive System Program
Cody Anderson, Roozbeh Kiamanesh, Bell Helicopter Textron
Lars Ponten, CEROBEAR GmbH
Jason Fetty, Treven Baker, US Army ADD
Structures and Materials
Progressive Fatigue Damage Simulation in Composites based on Explicit Finite Element Formulation
Yuri Nikishkov, Guillaume Seon, Andrew Makeev, Dean Nguyen, University of Texas at Arlington
System Engineering
Modeling, Analysis, and Optimization of Rotorcraft and Fleet Availability
Salkath Bhattacharya, Vidhyashree Nagaraju, Bentolhoda Jafary, Karthik Katipally, Lance Fiondella, University of Massachusetts
Eric Spero, Anindya Ghoshal, US Army Research Laboratory
Test and Evaluation
Very High Altitude Flight Testing of the H145 Helicopter
Carl Ockier, Christian Kolb, Adeline Berthe, Airbus
Unmanned VTOL Aircraft and Rotorcraft
Hover Flight Control Design for UAS Using Performance-based Disturbance Rejection Requirements
Marcos G. Berrios, Tom Berger, Mark B. Tischler, US Army ADD
Ondrej Juhasz, Frank C. Sanders, San Jose State University Research Foundation
Sound Diffraction Modeling of Rotorcraft Noise Around Terrain
James H. Stephenson, Ben W. Sim, US Army
Subhashini Chitta, John Steinhoff, Wave CPC Inc.
Advanced Vertical Flight
Using Redundant Effectors to Trim a Compound Helicopter with Damaged Main Rotor Controls
Jean-Paul Reddinger, Farhan Gandhi, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Image Galleries
Forum 73 Awards
Photos from the Forum 73 Awards Banquet
Forum 73 Industry Tours
On Friday, May 12, 2017, about 50 Forum 73 attendees took tours of Airbus Helicopters, Inc., Safran Helicopters Engines USA, and Safran Electronics & Defense USA. All three companies are in adjacent facilities in Grand Prairie, Texas.
Forum 73 Opening General Session
The Forum 73 Opening General Session, on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, included a welcome address by the AHS Executive Director, an announcement by the Army, a keynote speaker from Headquarters Marine Corps, the annual CEO Panel, "Straight Talk from the Top", and the Annual Nikolsky Lecture.
Forum 73 Sessions
Photos taken during the technical sessions and special sessions of Forum 73, May 9-11, 2017


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