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The Vertical Flight Society held its 75th Annual Forum & Technology Display, the world’s leading international event on vertical flight technology, on May 13-16, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This special 75th anniversary event spanned four days and included a record 280+ technical papers, plus 75 presentations and discussions by leaders in industry, the military, government agencies and academia. Forum 75 was a spectacular success with a record 1,400 attendees celebrated 75 years of advancing vertical flight. Find out more about Forum 75 proceedings papers, photos and more!

The Annual Forum again featured an entire day of in-depth invited talks on electric VTOL/urban air mobility (UAM) and were video recorded. The videos of these sessions (4 videos totaling 6.5 hours) have been processed and are now available for viewing at no cost to VFS members. (Check out the VFS Vertical Flight Video Library for other eVTOL videos!) PDFs of the special session presentation files are available for purchase from the VFS Vertical Flight Library.

Individual presentations and session videos for the following have been posted:

Urban Air Mobility Innovations [90 minute video]
Moderated by Dr. Ken Rosen, ASTA

Challenges in Electric VTOL  [2 hour video]
Moderated by Chris Silva, NASA Ames Research Center

Electric VTOL System Safety Panel [90 minute video]
Moderated by Jonathan Hartman, Disruptive Technology Lead, Sikorsky

  • Patrick Darmstadt, Drive Systems Engineer, Boeing
  • Sean Redfern, Director Sales & Business Development, Associated Aircraft Group
  • Brandon Keene, Chief Technology Officer, BLADE
  • Ife Ogunleye, Acting Mgr, Regulations & Policy, Rotorcraft Standards Branch, FAA

Progress in Development of Electric VTOL [90 minute video]
Moderated by Jim Sherman, Vertical Flight Society

  • Misconceptions of eVTOL Aircraft for UAM,” Mark Moore, Director of Aviation Engineering, Uber Technologies
  • The Nexus Air Taxi,” Scott Drennan, VP Innovation, Bell
  • “Boeing’s Passenger Air Vehicle & Cargo Air Vehicle eVTOL Demonstrators,” Brian Yutko, Aurora Flight Sciences, a Boeing Company

Save the date: The Vertical Flight Society’s 76th Annual Forum & Technology Display will be held May 19-21, 2020, in Montreal, Canada. Plan now to attend as we continue to explore “The Future of Vertical Flight”.

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