Forum 74 Program Overview

Below is a schedule of the major events at Forum 74 (details subject to change). 

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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 (additional registration required)

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Short Course on Rotorcraft Simulation (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 Briefing
U.S. Army, Program Executive Officer, Aviation
  • COL Joseph Hoecherl, Project Manager, Apache Attack Helicopter
  • COL Mathew Hannah, Project Manager, Aviation Systems
  • COL Greg Fortier, Project Manager, Cargo Helicopter
  • COL Steve Clark, Project Leader, Future Vertical Lift
  • COL Roger Kuykendall, Project Manager, Aviation Turbine Engines
  • COL Courtney Cote, Project Manager, Unmanned Aircraft Systems
  • COL William Jackson, Project Manager, Utility Helicopters
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 Helicopter) 12 noon – 1:30 p.m.
Opening General Session  

Welcome:

  • Mike Hirschberg, AHS International Executive Director
  • David Koopersmith, Chair of AHS Board, VP/GM, Boeing Vertical Lift
 
Keynote Address:
Brig. Gen. John R. Evans, Jr., Commanding General, US Army Special Operations Command
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Straight Talk from the Top: CEO Panel
  • Tomasz Krysinski, VP Research and Innovation, Airbus Helicopters
  • Mitch Snyder, President/CEO, Bell Helicopter
  • Dave Koopersmith, VP/GM, Boeing Vertical Lift
  • Gian Piero Cutillo, Managing Director, 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 Program Briefings
Moderated by Rear Adm. G. Dean Peters, U.S. Navy
Program Executive Officer for Air ASW, Assault & Special Mission Programs, PEO(A)
  • Col Hank Vanderborght, PM, PMA-261, H-53 Heavy Lift Helicopters
  • Col Robert Pridgen, PM, PMA-274, Presidential Helicopters
  • Col Matthew Kelly, PM, PMA-275, V-22 Joint Program
  • Col David Walsh, PM, PMA-276, USMC Light/Attack 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 Meetings 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon
Exhibit Hall Open 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Technical Session B Refreshment Break (sponsored by the Automated Dynamics) 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Exhibit Hall Luncheon (sponsored by Bell Helicopter) 12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Special Session:
Testing and Certification of Advanced VTOL Aircraft

 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: 
The Promise & Progress of Electric VTOL
Moderated by Ken Swartz, Aeromedia Communications

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 Helicopter) 12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Special Panel Session:
The Challenges of Electric VTOL
Moderated by Dr. Ashish Bagai, University of Maryland

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.
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Updated 02/09/2018