First meeting of 2022! WEDNESDAY MARCH 2 ft. Erasmo Pinero

Welcome back to the 2022 dinner meeting season! Our goal this year is to host 3-4 hybrid dinner meetings throughout the year to engage with our membership. All dinner meetings will be available to join via a webinar platform as well as in person.

We are also introducing student presentations! Every meeting we will invite a student from the Southwest Region to give us a brief presentation on the research they are doing in the world of VTOL.

And with all that, we are excited to announce our first dinner meeting of the year! Please mark your calendars for WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2. We will be hearing a talk by Erasmo Pinero on the X-22. Erasmo’s presentation will cover the overall design of the Bell Aerosystems X-22A tilt-duct V/STOL research aircraft, its importance to V/STOL research, lessons learned, and contributions to the science of V/STOL flight. The presentation will include the road leading up to the X-22A from concept to contractual hurdles, to flying test bed; and how the program overcame unforeseen technical challenges to become one of the most successful X-planes in the history of V/STOL flight research. The pioneering contributions of the X-22A to more recent powered lift aircraft and vehicles of the future will be explored.

We would love to see you in person, but welcome all our virtual attendees as well! See the attached flyer for more information

 

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March 2022 Dinner Meeting – PayPal Option Now Available!

 

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February 2020 Dinner Meeting

 

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November 2019 Dinner Meeting

Pinero Tip-jets Nov 6 2019 Dinner Meeting Flyer

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Call for Abstracts – 2020 Robert L. Lichten Regional Competition

The Southwest Region of the Vertical Flight Society will hold its annual Robert L. Lichten Award regional competition on Thursday, December 5th, 2019 in Bell’s Fort Worth Headquarters Tech Auditorium from 4:00-6:30 pm.

The purpose of the Lichten competition is to promote the exchange of technical information by encouraging VFS members to write and present papers dealing with all areas of rotorcraft technologies. This competition is especially tailored to provide new presenters an opportunity to be recognized for their contributions to the field. All VFS members who have not previously presented a paper at a national or regional meeting of the VFS or other technical societies are eligible. Please refer to the Procedures and Eligibility Statement for the official rules.

Candidates for the regional competition will make a 20-minute presentation in front of judges and other VFS members. The winner of the regional competition will receive a $250 honorarium from the VFS Southwest Region and will be nominated to the international competition. A $100 and $50 honorarium will be presented to 2nd and 3rd place respectively from the VFS Southwest Region.

The winner of the regional competition will write a paper due no later than February 29, 2020 to be judged at the international level. The winner of the international Lichten Award will be invited to present his/her paper at the Vertical Flight Society’s 76th Annual Forum & Technology Display, May 19-21, 2020 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and receive a travel reimbursement stipend of up to $1500 to attend the Forum, complimentary registration and lodging, and a $500 honorarium.  The international Lichten Award first runner-up will also be invited to present his/her paper, and will receive complimentary registration.

If you are interested in competing for the VFS Southwest Region Lichten Award, submit an approved* abstract/outline of your presentation and the Lichten Eligibility Checklist by C.O.B. Thursday, November 14, 2019, to Southwest Region Lichten Award Coordinator Nathan Wu at email nwu@bellflight.com .  The Lichten Eligibility Statement and guideline is available for download at: Lichten Eligibility Checklist.

*All abstracts and presentations must go through company/institution management approvals for public release. Authors are solely responsible for obtaining these approvals.

The award was established in 1975 to honor the memory of Robert L. Lichten, an outstanding rotary–wing engineer and the Society’s 22nd president. Robert Lichten was a skilled and dedicated worker who spent much of his career championing early tilt–wing and tiltrotor concepts until his unfortunate death in an automobile accident. Many who knew him called him the “Pioneer of Tilt Rotor Technology.”

UT Arlington Student Chapter Raffle

 

The student chapter of the Vertical Flight Society at the University of Texas at Arlington is raffling off a signed copy of Franklin D. Harris’ 3 volume set,  “Autogyros, Helicopters, and Other V/STOL Aircraft.”

Tickets are $5 each and the proceeds will benefit the student organization by allowing them to continue hosting presentations from vertical flight industry professionals. These interactions teach students about the exciting challenges rotorcraft exhibit, a perspective they are not currently exposed to in core curriculum classes.

Please visit the June 20th Networking Event registration page to purchase raffle tickets.

June 20th Networking Event

UAM June 20 2019 Dinner Meeting Flyer

Prepayment is required to register for this event. Cancellations must be received by the registration deadline to receive a refund.

We are also holding a raffle to support the VFS Student Chapter at UT Arlington. Click here to find out more!

Bell payroll deduct: 

Use this link to register for this event.

Credit Card or Paypal:

  1. Select number of tickets and click “Register”
  2. Input registration information
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  4. Once you are directed to the PayPal site, you can either pay by credit card as a guest or through your PayPal login

 

Save the Date: June 20th

Save the date! On Thursday, June 20th,NASA’s Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Grand Challenge Lead, Starr Ginn, will talk to us about the future of UAM.

Details coming soon.

See Starr Ginn’s bio on LinkedIn here.

Learn more about NASA’s UAM Grand Challenge here.