Forum 74 Program Overview

Below is a schedule of the major events at Forum 74 (details subject to change). For more information, please download the Forum 74 Final Program.

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You can also download a pdf of the Forum 74 Technical Sessions at A Glance, or the Full Technical Sessions Schedule.

Monday, May 14, 2018
Registration Open 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
AHS Technical Council Meeting 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Short Course on Electric VTOL Technology (additional registration required)

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Short Course on Rotorcraft Modeling (additional registration required)

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Registration Open 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.                    
Technical Session A
  • Adv. Vertical Flight I/ Aircraft Design I
  • Aerodynamics I
  • Crash Safety
  • Dynamics I
  • HUMS I
  • Manufacturing Tech. I
  • Modeling & Simulation I
  • Propulsion I
8:00 a.m. – 12 noon                       
Special Session: US Army Aviation Program Briefings
Moderated by Mr. Lars Ericsson, Assistant PEO,  Engineering and Technology
  • Mr. Bob Sheibley, Deputy Project Manager, Aviation Turbine Engines (ATE)
  • Mr. Richard Tyler, Deputy Project Manager, Apache Attack Helicopter
  • Mr. Tom Neupert, Tech Chief, Cargo Helicopter
  • Mr. Mark Jeude, Tech Chief, Future Vertical Lift (FVL)
  • Mr. Dennis Sparks, Tech Chief, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)
  • Mr. Ben Wimberly, H-60M Futures Team Lead, Utility Helicopters Project Office (UHPO)
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Spouse/Guest Coffee — Meet at the Novelty Desk (fun excursions TBA) 9:00 a.m.
Technical Session A Refreshment Break (Sponsored by Angelus Corporation) 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Exhibit Hall Open 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Luncheon (sponsored by Bell) 12 noon – 1:30 p.m.
Opening General Session  
Welcome
  • Mike Hirschberg, AHS International Executive Director
  • Dave Koopersmith, Chair of the AHS Board of Directors and VP/GM, Boeing Vertical Lift
1:30 p.m. – 1:40 p.m. 
Keynote Address:
Brig. Gen. John R. Evans, Jr., Commanding General, US Army Special Operations Aviation Command
 
1:40 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Straight Talk from the Top: CEO Panel
Moderated by Elan Head, Vertical Magazine
  • Tomasz Krysinski, VP Research & Innovation, Airbus Helicopters
  • Glenn Isbell, VP Rapid Prototyping & Manufacturing Innovation, Bell
  • Dave Koopersmith, VP/GM, Boeing Vertical Lift
  • Roberto Garavaglia, SVP, Competitive Analysis & Strategy, Leonardo Helicopters
  • Dan Schultz, President, Sikorsky Aircraft, a Lockheed Martin Company
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
General Session Refreshment Break (sponsored by GE Aviation) 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

38th Annual Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship
"Small UAS and Delivery Drones: Challenges & Opportunities"
Dr. Inderjit Chopra, University of Maryland

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Exhibitor/Industry Reception
Sponsored by Sikorsky, A Lockheed Martin Company

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Registration Open

7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Special Session: US Navy/Marine Aviation Program Briefings
Moderated by Timothy E. Gowen, Assistant PEO for Engineering, PEO(A)
  • Jaimie Grubb, CH-53K IPT Lead for PMA-261, H-53 Heavy Lift Helicopters
  • Joe Ferguson, Assistant PM for Test & Evaluation, Lead for CH-53K flight test
  • LCDR Mark Summerlin, Mission Systems Co-Lead, PMA-274, Presidential Helicopters
  • Dave Baden, Deputy PM for Future Vertical Lift, PMA-276, USMC Light/Attack Helicopters
  • Blaine Summers, IPT Lead for Future Capability, PMA-299, H-60 Multi-Mission Helicopters
  • CAPT Craig Grubb, PM, PMA-299, H-60 Multi-Mission Helicopters
8:00 a.m. – 12 noon                                                 
Technical Session B
  • Adv. Vertical Flight II 
  • Aerodynamics II 
  • Dynamics II
  • Handling Qualities I
  • Manufacturing Tech. II
  • Modeling & Simulations II
  • Safety
  • Systems Engineering
8:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
AHS Board of Directors Meeting 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon
Exhibit Hall Open 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Technical Session B Refreshment Break
(sponsored by ATEC - Advanced Turbine Engine Company)
9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Exhibit Hall Luncheon (sponsored by Bell) 12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Special Panel Session: Advanced VTOL Flight Test and Certification
Moderated by Rick C. Simmons, Aircraft Certification Flight Test (ACFT)

  • Major Michael L. Osmon, US Army Aviation Development Directorate
  • David G. Stephan, Associate Director for Technology, US Army Aviation Engineering Directorate
  • Dr. Paula J. Dempsey, Deputy Project Manager, Revolutionary Vertical Lift Technology (RVLT), NASA Glenn Research Center
  • FAA Advanced VTOL Flight Test and Certification Team:
    - Gary Horan, Electric Propulsion Focus
    - David Sizoo, Flight Test Focus
    - John Strasburger, VTOL Systems Focus
    - David Webber, VTOL Project Officer/Flight Test Engineer
 1:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Technical Session C
  • Aerodynamics III/Dynamics III
  • Adv. Vertical Flight III
  • Crew Stations & Human Factors 
  • Handling Qualities II
  • Propulsion II
  • Structures & Materials I
  • Test & Evaluation
  • Unmanned VTOL I
1:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Technical Session C Refreshment Break (sponsored by Automated Dynamics) 3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Award Recipient Dry Run (By Invitation Only) 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Vertical Flight Foundation Cocktail Reception*
(Sponsored by The Boeing Company)
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

AHS International Grand Awards Banquet*
(Sponsored by The Boeing Company)
*Tickets are included for all 3-Day registrants or may be purchased for $95 each. A portion of the cost goes to support the VFF Scholarship Program.

7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Registration Open
7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Special Session: Promise & Progress of eVTOL
Moderated by Michael J. Duffy, The Boeing Company

  • Carl Dietrich,Terrafugia
  • Jon Rimanelli, AirspaceX 
  • Ilya Khanykov, Bartini
  • Fritz Langford, Aurora Flight Sciences
  • TBA, To Be Announced
  • Mark Moore, Uber Technologies
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Technical Session D
  • Acoustics I (½)/HUMS II (½)
  • Aerodynamics IV
  • Aircraft Design II
  • History
  • Manufacturing Tech. III/Structures & Materials II
  • Operations
  • Propulsion III
  • Unmanned VTOL Aircraft II
8:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Open 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Technical Session D Refreshment Break (sponsored by Applied Avionics) 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Break for Lunch (sponsored by Bell) 12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Special Panel Session: Challenges of eVTOL
Moderated by Christopher Silva, NASA Ames Research Center

  • Juan Alonso, Stanford University
  • Leandro Maia, Embraer
  • Daniel Newman, The Boeing Company
  • Robert Scott, US Army Aviation Development Directorate (ADD)
  • Monica Syal, A³ by Airbus
1:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Technical Session E 
  • Acoustics II
  • Aircraft Design III
  • Avionics & Systems
  • Dynamics IV
  • Modeling & Simulation III
  • Product Support
  • Structures & Materials III
  • Unmanned VTOL III
1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Technical Session E Refreshment Break  3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday, May 18, 2018
 Tour of Boeing Mesa Production Facilities (pre-registration required)  7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
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Updated 2018-05-01