Transformative Vertical Flight Workshop


Transformative Vertical Flight Concepts:

Third Joint Workshop on Enabling New Flight Concepts

Through Novel Propulsion and Energy Architectures

This workshop is being held in conjunction with the International Powered Lift Conference (IPLC)
and the SAE International Aerospace Systems and Technology Conference (ASTC)


Thursday, September 29, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm | Friday, September 30, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Registration for the SAE ASTC/IPLC/TVF is now open:

Workshop Only registration available: $50 if registered before Aug 26, $75 thereafter

Find out more about the joint Transformative Vertical Flight (TVF) initiative and past events

Joby S2Location:

Connecticut Convention Center

100 Columbus Blvd.

Hartford, CT 06103



SAE International (SAE)

American Helicopter Society International (AHS)

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)


Objective: Engage industry, academia, and government agencies in developing a preliminary road map that will aid in the advocacy and pursuit of emerging technologies and approaches, such as electric/hybrid power and distributed propulsion, that offer the potential to fundamentally transform Vertiport capable flight configuration designs and operational concepts. As these new configuration types cannot be modeled adequately by conventional analytical tools modeling, and do not inherently fit into the existing rotorcraft certification framework (Part 27), they require new conceptual design tools and regulations able to capture the fundamental differences in approach. This workshop will bring together interested parties to establish a foundation from which investment can fill the gaps to achieve successful new aviation products.

Workshop Approach: Combine the mutual interests of technical organizations, government laboratories (NASA, DARPA) and industry to collaboratively explore and exploit the potential for new opportunities for Vertiport capable flight. The workshop is focused on achieving participation from all stakeholders, including new and small companies aggressively focused on this topic, as well as mature aerospace companies for whom this could enhance or augment their conventional Vertiport capable flight products.

Desired Outcomes:

1. Establish and document common stakeholder needs, areas of collaboration, and advocacy to establish methods to encourage the future success of unconventional Vertiport-capable flight concept solutions that are newly enabled by technologies.

2. Assemble a community to collaborate on new conceptual design and analysis tools that permit new configuration paths with far greater multi-disciplinary coupling (i.e. aero- propulsive-control) to be investigated.

3. Establish a community to develop and deploy regulatory guidelines with potential formation of an ASTM F44 Committee Subgroup for the development of consensus-based certification standards for General Aviation scale Vertiport-capable flight systems that provides fixed wing approaches that don't fit within existing FAA Part 27 certification.

4. Launch an information campaign to ensure key U.S. Government agencies understand the potential benefit and industry interest in establishing new Vertiport-capable flight markets.

NASA Greased Lightning GL-10

Technical Chair:

Mike Duffy, Boeing 

Administrative Chair:

Tom Gunnarson, Zee.Aero

Society Sponsor:

Mike Hirschberg, AHS International


Registration for the SAE ASTC/IPLC/TVF is now open! Go to: for details.

Workshop Only registration available: $50 if registered before Aug 26, $75 thereafter.



Jim Sherman, SAE Technical Program Developer

Phone: 724-772-4034 | Mobile: 724-612-3214


September 29

1:00 pm – 1:10 pm     Welcome (Mike Dudley)

1:10 pm – 1:45 pm     Elevating Cities: Piecing Together On-Demand Mobility (Alexandra Hall)


1:45 pm – 3:15 pm     NASA On Demand Mobility (ODM) Roadmap

  • ODM Missions and Market Opportunities (Mark Moore/NASA)
  • Simplified Vehicle Operations and Airspace (Ken Goodrich/NASA)

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm      Break

3:30 pm – 5:15 pm      NASA ODM Roadmap Outbrief

  • Electric Propulsion (Mark Moore/NASA)
  • Manufacturing Integrated Structures Community Acceptance (Michael Patterson/NASA)

5:15 pm – 5:30 pm   Day 1 Wrap Up (Mike Duffy) 


5:30 pm – 7:00 pm   Hosted Reception with Surprise Announcement


September 30  

8:30 am – 8:45 am       GAMA Electric Propulsion Innovation Committee Update (Greg Bowles)

8:45 am – 9:00 am       SAE Electric Activities Update

9:00 am – 9:30 am       Aurora Flight Sciences' LightningStrike Hybrid Propulsion Demonstrator (Dr. Carl Schaefer)

9:30 am – 9:45 am       Break

9:45 am – 10:30 am     Transformative Vertical Flight roadmaps out brief (Mike Dudley)

10:30 am – 11:30 am   Roadmap breakout sessions (Mike Duffy)

  • Missions/Operational Concepts (Moderator – Moore/Vascik)
  • Prioritized Technical Challenges (Moderator – German/Goodrich)

11:30 am – 12:30 pm  Lunch: Los Angeles Urban VTOL Air-Taxi Study (Parker Vascik)

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm    Roadmap breakout sessions (Mike Duffy)

  • Regulatory Roadmap (Moderator – Gunnarson)
  • Market/Business Opportunities  (Moderator – Duffy)

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm      Breakout session panel, working group formation (Mike Dudley)

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm      Day 2 Wrap Up – Mike Duffy  


This workshop is presented by:

  • SAE International (SAE)

  • American Helicopter Society International (AHS

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

With support from the following committees:

  • AHS Advanced Vertical Flight Technical Committee

  • AIAA V/STOL Aircraft Systems Technical Committee

  • AIAA Transformational Flight Program Committee

  • SAE Power Systems, Propulsion, Electric Powertrain and Energy Storage Committees

  • ASTM F44 Committee on General Aviation Aircraft

Updated August 22, 2016

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