Vertical Flight Society to hold world’s largest eVTOL symposium

Archer Aviation Midnight evTOL aircraft parked on the flightline.
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The Vertical Flight Society (VFS), the world’s leading non-profit organization working to advance vertical flight technology, announces today that its annual conference on electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft will be the world’s largest event ever on the emerging industry.

This 11th Annual Electric VTOL Symposium — being held Feb. 6–8 in Santa Clara, California, as part of the VFS Transformative Vertical Flight 2024 — is the world’s largest and longest-running event focusing on the promise, progress and challenges of eVTOL aircraft.

TVF 2024 Overview

The upcoming 11th Annual Electric VTOL Symposium, part of the VFS Transformative Vertical Flight 2024 event, is poised to be the world’s largest gathering dedicated to the burgeoning eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) aircraft industry.

Scheduled for February 6–8 in Santa Clara, California, the TVF 2024 event is not only the largest but also the longest-running occasion spotlighting the promise, progress, and challenges of eVTOL aircraft.

This comprehensive event will cover a spectrum of advanced air mobility (AAM), including eVTOL, drones, helicopters, and advanced rotorcraft.

A Glimpse at the Agenda

With nearly 150 speakers across three tracks and 37 exhibitors, TVF 2024 is set to be an immersive experience.

The agenda includes the 6th Decennial VFS Aeromechanics Specialists’ Conference, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the VFS San Francisco Bay Area Chapter’s first forum on emerging aeromechanics challenges and solutions for future VTOL aircraft.


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Aeromechanics: The Heart of Development

Angelo Collins, VFS executive director, emphasizes that TVF 2024 will spotlight the latest eVTOL developments and the persistent challenges faced by the industry.

In aircraft development, aeromechanics plays a pivotal role, encompassing dynamics, aerodynamics, acoustics, and flight mechanics—all critical drivers in the vehicle design process.

Approximately 70 technical papers will be presented, addressing crewed and uncrewed rotorcraft/VTOL aeromechanics using both conventional and electrified propulsion systems.

This event stands as the sole occasion dedicated to advancing the understanding of aeromechanics in helicopters and other vertical flight aircraft.

An Archer Aviation Midnight eVTOL aircraft on the tarmac.
Photo Credit: Archer Aviation

Notable Speakers

More than 600 attendees are expected to join the event, with a stellar lineup of speakers from industry, academia, and government.

The opening plenary session boasts leaders from the US Army, NASA, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), ONERA, and top engineers at AIBOT, Archer Aviation, and Joby Aviation.

The 11th Annual eVTOL Symposium will feature VIP talks by key figures in the industry, including Robert A. Pearce (NASA), Howard McKenzie (The Boeing Company), Dr. Brian Yutko (Wisk Aero), and Daniel I. Newman (Honeywell AAM).

Sessions will cover insights from top executives and government representatives, ensuring a well-rounded exploration of the eVTOL landscape.

The Electric VTOL Revolution

For over 80 years, VFS has been the world’s largest technical community dedicated to engineers, technologists, and specialists developing vertical flight aircraft.

With a growing number of professionals entering the vertical flight industry, VFS offers opportunities to expand knowledge and foster idea exchange.

Since 2014, VFS has been at the forefront of the “Electric VTOL Revolution,” catalyzing the development community with the world’s first meeting on eVTOL.

Initially met with skepticism, the progress in technical advancements, flight demonstrations, and investments has transformed perceptions.

The vertical flight market is now poised for substantial expansion as eVTOL aircraft promise lower operating costs, reduced noise, and enhanced design safety.

As of today, VFS has cataloged over 950 eVTOL concepts from 400 companies and innovators, reflecting the dynamic growth of the sector.

The society’s authoritative World eVTOL Aircraft Directory is a testament to the evolving landscape, hosting over 380 in-depth articles from Vertiflite magazine.

Founded in 1943 as the American Helicopter Society, VFS played a crucial role in supporting the early helicopter industry.

Today, it repeats history by contributing to the advancement of revolutionary eVTOL aircraft.

The 80th Annual Forum & Technology Display

Be sure to also mark your calendars for VFS’s 80th Annual Forum & Technology Display, scheduled for May 7–9, 2024, in Montréal, Québec, Canada.

This event will further VFS’s commitment to fostering innovation and collaboration in the vertical flight domain.

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