Call for Abstracts – 2024 Robert Lichten Regional Competition

VFS Southwest Region

2024 Robert L. Lichten Award Competition

The Southwest Region of the Vertical Flight Society will hold its annual Robert L. Lichten Award regional competition on Tuesday, December 5th, 2023 in Bell’s Fort Worth Headquarters Tech Auditorium from 4:00 – 6:30 PM. Competitors will be invited to present in person or via live stream/webinar platform.

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.

Competitors 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 28, 2024 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 80th Annual Forum & Technology Display, May 7-9, 2024 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and receive a travel reimbursement stipend of up to $1,500 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 their 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. Wednesday, November 15, 2023, to Southwest Region Lichten Award Coordinator Loren Ahaus at email The Lichten Eligibility Statement and guideline is available for download at: Lichten Eligibility Checklist.

*All abstracts and presentations must go through company management and government approvals. Authors are solely responsible for obtaining these approvals.