Aeromechanics Design for Transformative Vertical Flight

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 AHS International Technical Meeting

Aeromechanics Design for Transformative Vertical Flight


The 5th Transformative Vertical Flight Workshop

Jan. 16–19, 2018

Holiday Inn at Fisherman's Wharf
San Francisco, California

Sponsored by AHS San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

Scope: The 2018 AHS Technical Meeting on Aeromechanics Design for Transformative Vertical Flight, taking place Jan. 16–18, provides a forum to discuss newly emerging aeromechanics challenges of transformative vertical lift vehicle concepts and configurations, and how they influence design methodologies and decisions. Aeromechanics encompasses the technical disciplines of dynamics, aerodynamics, acoustics and flight mechanics, all of which are strong drivers in the design process. The conference is being held in conjunction with the 5th Annual Transformative Vertical Flight Workshop on Jan. 18–19. The conference will feature technical paper presentation on aeromechanics related to transformative vertical flight, while the workshop will feature invited presentations, panel sessions and discussions on the subject, with a focus on urban air mobility. 

The General Chair for this conference is Mr. Barry Lakinsmith, U.S. Army Aviation Development Directorate – Aeroflightdynamics Directorate, 650-604-4264, and the Technical Chair is Dr. Colin Theodore, NASA Ames Research Center, 650-604-1180,


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Registration Conference Workshop Conf + Wrk
AHS Member $525 $175 $550
AHS Non-Member $625 $175 $650
Retired/Student/Military $250 $175 $325


Agenda: The conference runs from Tuesday morning to Thursday at noon — download full agenda (PDF). The workshop runs from Thursday at 1 pm to Friday at 5 pm. Lunch will be provided on Tuesday and Wednesday during the conference and Friday during the workshop. There is no lunch service on Thursday. There will be coffee and soda available at the breaks. Conference attendees will receive an electronic copy of the technical paper proceedings; registrants for the workshop only may purchase the conference proceedings onsite for $50. 


Aeromechanics Design for Transformative Vertical Flight Technical Meeting
Tuesday, January 16th

Welcome and Plenary Government Panel: Transformative Vertical Flight (Moderator: Dr. Bill Lewis, US Army Aviation Development Director)

10:00-12:00 Industry Panel: Envisioning Urban Air Mobility (Moderator: Dr. Ashish Bagai, University of Maryland)
12:00-1:30 Lunch
1:30-3:00 Vehicle & Missions I Aeromechanics: Applications
3:30-5:00 Vehicles & Missions II Aeromechanics I
Wednesday, January 17th
8:00-9:30 Aerodynamics Tilt-Rotor: Optimization Cycloidal Rotors
10:00-12:00 Design & Analysis I Coaxial Rotor Aerodynamics
12:00-1:30 Lunch
1:30-3:00 Design & Analysis II Tilt-Rotor: Aeromechanics I CFD Dev & Applications
3:30-5:00 Mars Helicopters Tilt-Rotor: Aeromechanics II Aeromechanics: Experimental
7:00-9:00 Banquet: Pacific Ballroom (Guest Speaker: Mr. Jeff Holden, Chief Product Officer, Uber Technologies)
Thursday, January 18th
8:00-9:30 Design & Analysis III Aeromechanics: Aerodynamics
10:00-12:00 Design & Analysis IV Aeromechanics: Design
5th Annual Transformative Vertical Flight Workshop
1:00-1:30 Welcome and AHS kick-off presentation: eVTOL: Promise and Progress (Mike Hirschberg, AHS Executive Director)
1:30-5:30 Presentations from Uber, Aurora and Piasecki; Industry Roadmapping Status Outbrief
5:00-5:30 eVTOL Tools Framework: Dr. Rob MacDonald, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
6:00-7:30 Uber-Sponsored Reception
Friday, January 19th
7:45-8:30 Kick-off and Invited Presentation
8:30-9:30 Panel: Challenges of Airspace
10:00-11:00 Panel: Challenges of Operation
11:00-11:30 Overview: Challenges of Certification
11:30-12:30 Panel: Challenges of Ground Infrastructure
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30-2:30 Panel: Challenges of Acoustics
2:15-3:15 Overview: Challenges in Safety & Reliability
3:45-4:45 Innovative Concepts Invited Briefings
4:45-5:00 Closing Remarks & What's Next

Hotel: A special group rate has been arranged at the Holiday Inn Fisherman's Wharf for the meeting. The group rate is $169 per night, excluding tax and occupancy charges. The discounted meeting rate is available until December 8, 2017, after this date reservations requests will be honored based on availability at prevailing rates. Hurry, the room block at this special early-bird rate is selling out fast!

The hotel is surrounded by the attractions and diverse dining options of Fisherman’s Wharf, and is just a few blocks from Pier 39, historic North Beach (San Francisco’s Italian District), and Chinatown. Cable Cars bound for world-class shopping in Union Square originate just a few blocks from the hotel, in addition to tours which include other fun and historical San Francisco sites like Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Because there is so much to do within walking distance of the hotel, some guests forgo renting a car, opting to take a cab or airport shuttle from the airport. For airport transfers, the hotel recommends the Super Shuttle (650-558-8500) or Airport Express (415-775-5121). 

Parking: Holiday Inn Fisherman's Wharf offers guest parking for overnight guests at the special AHS rate of $43.00/day plus prevailing taxes (currently 14%), with in and out privileges. 

Authors must submit completed papers by Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. See Call for Papers for details.

Aeromechanics Design for Transformative Vertical Flight Papers

Are you a presenter? Please enter the event passcode to upload your paper. Papers will be accepted from Nov 9, 2017 8:00:00 AM until Jan 15, 2018 5:00:00 PM.