AHS International‘s 73rd Annual Forum and Technology Display The Future of Vertical Flight May 9-11, 2017 Fort Worth, Texas, USA

AHS International's 73rd Annual Forum & Technology Display is the world's leading international technical event on vertical flight technology. The three-day meeting will include over 250 technical papers on every discipline from Acoustics to Unmanned Systems, as well as workshops, invited presentations and discussions by nearly 50 leaders in industry and government.

The Technology Display, running concurrent with the Forum, is the most extensive exposition of cutting-edge vertical flight technologies in the world, and also includes other technologies more broadly applicable to aerospace in general. Leading manufacturers, service providers, defense agencies, universities, and research and development organizations will showcase the very latest in vertical flight technology.

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Forum 73 is the longest running and most established rotorcraft event in the industry. It's the best way to interact and share ideas with over 1,100 of the world's leading vertical flight professionals.

Why should you attend Forum 73?

  1. Technical papers! Learn from experts in their fields as they discuss the latest theories and breakthroughs in vertical flight technology.
  2. See the latest technologies from leading manufacturers, service providers, defense agencies, universities, and research and development organizations in our extensive technology display.
  3. Hear from the leaders in industry, government, and academia to gain perspective on the future of vertical flight technology.
      Keynote presentation by Lt Gen Jon Davis, Deputy Commandant for Aviation, USMC
      CEO Panel with the leaders of major helicopter manufacturers and suppliers
      US Army and US Navy/Marine Corps aviation military program managers
      • Other vertical flight science and technology leaders in government and industry.
  4. Recognition of AHS award winners and scholarship recipients at the Vertical Flight Foundation Reception and the Grand Awards Banquet.
  5. Special pre-Forum activities on Monday, May 8, including the MAV Student Challenge and a Rotorcraft Modeling short course.
  6. New Book Release and Book Signing by the authors of Practical Methods for Aircraft and Rotorcraft Flight Control Design: An Optimization-Based Approach
  7. Industry tours at the Fort Worth Safran and Airbus Plants


In response to the Call for Papers, more than 265 abstracts have been selected and authors were notified in mid-November. Forum 73 final papers are to be submitted to the Mira submission site by Monday, March 27, 2017. The following author information is now available for downloading here and on the Mira submission site:

  1. Forum 73 Author Guide
  2. Paper format template in Word and LaTeX
  3. Call for Papers (PDF)



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Why Fort Worth?

Share ideas with vertical flight professionals from around the world at the state-of-the-art Fort Worth Convention Center, accessible via the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Fort Worth boasts a robust aerospace presence with over 125,000 aviation professionals at 1,300 organizations located in Texas, which hosts aviation giants such as Bell Helicopter Textron, The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin, Safran Turbomeca, The Triumph Group, and many more. Key VTOL programs in Texas include the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey, Bell UH-1Y Venom/AH-1Z Viper, Bell 525 Relentless, Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, and Airbus Helicopters assembly/support.

Come for Forum 73 and stay to enjoy lively downtown Fort Worth. Plan your visit to Forum 73 by visiting our travel page. Please book your room here at one of the excellent official Forum 73 hotels.

Thank you, and see you in Fort Worth!