2019 Robert L. Lichten Award Competition

On December 6th, the Vertical Flight Society Southwest Chapter will host the 2019 Robert L. Lichten Award Competition. 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 vertical lift technologies. This competition is especially tailored to provide new presenters an opportunity to be recognized for their contributions to the field.

One presenter from Texas A&M is slated to present on the following topic:

• Semi-Empirical Modeling of Group 1 UAS Electric Powertrains

VFS members are invited to attend the presentation. The presenter will be allotted 30-minutes; 25-minutes for presentation and 5-minutes for Q&A by the Judges Panel and audience.

Location: &TECH AUDITORIUM Bell Helicopter Plant 1, B26, Level1
Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm

If you are NOT a Bell employee and would like to attend this event, fill out this contact form by Monday, December 3rd.

Call for Abstracts – 2019 Robert Lichten Award Regional Competition

The Southwest Region of the Vertical Flight Society will hold its annual Robert L. Lichten Award regional competition on Thursday, December 6th, 2018 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 28, 2019 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 75th Annual Forum & Technology Display, May 13-16, 2018 in Philadelphia, PA 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 15, 2018, to Southwest Region Lichten Award Coordinator Rick Mullen at email rmullen@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.”

Re-branding AHS

AHS International will now be known as the Vertical Flight Society. Read about the change here.

Also, check out the history of “Hovey” the hummingbird here.

October 2018 Dinner Meeting

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Call for Abstracts – 2018 Lichten Competition

On Thursday, December 7th, the American Helicopter Society International Southwest Region will host the 2018 Robert L. Lichten Award Competition. The purpose of the Lichten competition is to promote the exchange of technical information by encouraging AHS 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 AHS members who have not previously presented a paper at a national or regional meeting of AHS International or other technical societies are eligible.

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

Abstracts and presentation outlines are due to the contact below by C.O.B. Wednesday, November 15th.

Location: &TECH AUDITORIUM, Bell Helicopter (Plt 1, Bldg 26)
Time: 4:00pm-6:30pm

To submit abstracts/outlines and for additional information, please contact us by Wednesday, November 15th at 5:00 p.m.