6th Asian-Australian Rotorcraft Forum

The Japan Helicopter Society and the AHS International Japan Chapter are sponsoring the 6th annual Asian-Australian Rotorcraft Forum (ARF) and Heli Japan 2017 in Kanazawa city, Ishikawa prefecture, Japan, November 7-9, 2017.

This meeting offers attendees an opportunity to present and discuss the latest advances and topics in the following areas:

Advanced Rotorcraft Technology: Design; Aerodynamics; Acoustics; Dynamics; Flight Controls; Autonomous System; Unmanned VTOL Aircraft & Rotorcraft; Test & Evaluation; Structures & Materials; HUMS; and Wind Energy.

Safety Operations: Emergency Medical Service (EMS); Disaster Relief and Rescue Operations; Special Equipment for Life Saving Helicopters; Heli/Verti Port Design Requirements; Public Acceptance; International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) Activities.

Download the Call for Papers for the full details.

Final Agenda - download the Program-at-a-Glance or the Final Program for a full list of papers.



  • General Chair: Dr. Takashi Aoyama, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency,  aoyama@chofu.jaxa.jp
  • map2 Kanazawa Chair of Executive Committee: Mr. Noboru Kobiki, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, kobiki@chofu.jaxa.jp
  • Technical Chair: Dr. Yasutada Tanabe, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, tan@chofu.jaxa.jp

Key Dates & Deadlines

  • Abstract Deadline Submission: May 22, 2017

  • Notification to Authors: June 5, 2017

  • Preliminary Program & Registration Opening: July 10, 2017 

  • Final Paper Deadline Submission: Sept. 8, 2017 

Registration Information - please visit the event portal for registration, agenda, and travel and visa information. 


KKR Hotel Kanazawa: Download information on hotel access and meeting room location.

2-32 Otemachi 
Kanazawa, Ishikawa 


The HeliJapan conference started in 1998 in Gifu, and was held every four years in Japanese cities such Utsunomiya, Nagoya, and Omiya. In 2012, the conference merged with the Asia/Australian Rotorcraft Forum (ARF) and started rotating between Asia and Australia. 

From the 17th to the 19th century, Kanazawa was one of the largest cities in Japan — following Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto — and the city still preserves its historic ambience.

Planned Tour 

A one-day technical tour to a local helicopter-related facility is planned, including visiting several traditional Japanese scenic places, such as the sand beach driveway, stepped rice paddy and Zen meditation class.

   Chirihama Beach Driveway 



Stepped Rice Paddy 


Sojiji Temple Sojiji

Kanazawa Station K station