Past Vertiflite Commentaries

Past Vertiflite Commentaries

Read Commentary from AHS International Executive Director Mike Hirschberg on critical issues facing industry, academia and government:

  • Nov-Dec 2014: Transforming Vertical Flight Technology"The global helicopter industry is undergoing a significant transformation, as are customer demands and the capabilities offered by cutting-edge technologies."[Industry outlook and the AHS Forum]
  • Sep-Oct 2014: Innovation Outpaces Regulation"Government regulators must work collaboratively with industry to help the regulatory environment keep pace with innovation – allowing vertical flight to reach its full potential, while ensuring safe skies around the world." [Regulation and technology]
  • Jul-Aug 2014:  Investing in Tomorrow’s Civil Rotorcraft. "If AHS International is successful in convincing Congress to restore NASA’s vertical flight budget, then research into new technologies to meet the forecasted long-term demand for civil rotorcraft will be ongoing worldwide." [Industry outlook and NASA research cuts]
  • May-Jun 2014: Celebrating 70 Years of International Cooperation in Vertical Flight Technology. "Just as the international helicopter industry has expanded through 70 years of cross-border cooperation, so too has AHS expanded across the globe.... AHS is intently focused on its role and responsibility as the world’s Vertical Flight Technical Society." [AHS history and legacy]
  • Mar-Apr 2014: The Best of Times, The Worst of Times"As 2013 fades behind us and year-end reports remind us of the difficulties that were encountered, it is important to take stock of how vibrant and exciting the future of vertical flight technology is." [Industry outlook]
  • Jan-Feb 2014: ITEP: The Next Leap in Capability and Affordability"ITEP will provide game-changing performance and efficiency, ensuring that today’s legacy fleet will remain capable until it is replaced by Future Vertical Lift (FVL) in the middle of the century. Furthermore, ITEP may be well positioned to be the propulsion system basis for FVL-Medium and/or FVL-Light." [Propulsion]
  • Nov-Dec 2013: Remembering Our History As We Look to the Future"As AHS International celebrates its 70th year of working to advance the state of the art of vertical flight technology, we can look back at an inspiring heritage of accomplishments by industry, academia and government – a proud legacy that we need to preserve and recognize, and build upon for the future of vertical flight." [AHS history and legacy]
  • Sep-Oct 2013: Educating the Future"We have a proud legacy of educating and inspiring the next generation of vertical flight engineers and leaders, and we will continue to expand our role in educating the future with your support. Be part of it." [AHS student programs]
  • Jul-Aug 2013: AHS International is the Forum for Vertical Flight. "Since the American Helicopter Society was founded 70 years ago, the Annual Forum has provided an unequalled opportunity for government, industry and academia to work together to tackle the toughest challenges in vertical flight." [AHS Annual Forum]
  • May-Jun 2013: U.S. Government Actions: A False Economy in a High-Tech World"The cost [to the government] of conference attendance is fairly low – a few thousand dollars, including travel expenses, and much more cost effective than individual trips to multiple industry and university sites – but the cost of ignorance during a new acquisition program is much higher – measured in billions." [US Goverment employee restrictions]
  • Mar-Apr 2013: Advancing Vertical Flight Technology in Demanding Environments. "To learn the latest about vertical flight technology and the current markets and budgets for its application, go to our website, www.vtol.org/forum, to register for Forum 69 today. To be prepared for the 'Demanding Environments' of today and tomorrow, you can’t afford to miss it!" [AHS Annual Forum]
  • Jan-Feb 2013: Invest in the Future"Given the challenges our industry faces, your contribution to the Vertical Flight Foundation is needed now more than ever." [VFF Scholarships]
  • Nov-Dec 2012: The Value of Face-to-Face"... the Wakefield Research Fourth Annual Business Travel Survey (2012) noted that 'Travelers estimated that 1 hour of face-to-face contact equaled 5 video conferences, 10 telephone calls, or 20 emails.' Often the unplanned discussions at meetings are much more valuable – for industry, academia and government – than the formal planned presentations." [US Government employee restrictions]
  • Sept-Oct 2012: Still Need a New Scout. "The time for procurement of a new armed aerial scout is now. With the sundown of all current U.S. military production less than a decade away, there will be significant excess capacity in the industrial base, and a risk that its capabilities will degrade." [US Army Scout]
  • Jul-Aug 2012: A Civil Discourse on Noise and Safety. "Attempts to legislate solutions to noise and safety concerns are ill conceived and uninformed approaches to satisfy a small, vocal community, and will likely result in more harm than good to the very communities that are complaining." [Noise and Safety]  
  • May-Jun 2012: Unintended Consequences. "The amendments [restricting U.S. government employee travel] as passed have significant unintended consequences that will be detrimental to AHS and the U.S. government." [US Government employees]
  • Mar-Apr 2012: U.S. Rotorcraft Research Under Attack. "The impact of these latest reductions in funds to NASA and NRTC, if not reversed, will continue to reverberate in the years and decades to come." [US Government research funding]
  • Jan-Feb 2012: The Crisis in U.S. Army Aviation. "The V-22 Osprey is the only new combat rotorcraft that DoD has fielded in more than 25 years." [FVL]
  • Winter 2011: Wanted: Leadership. "The Europeans are showing leadership in their pursuit of next generation rotorcraft technologies. If America is to remain competitive, it must do the same." [NASA and DoD R&D programs]
  • Fall 2011: September 11th – 10 Years On"The September 11th attacks instigated a decade of unparalleled contributions by rotorcraft to national strategy objectives, but more investments in technology are still needed." [FVL]