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The 6th Vertical Flight Society Infrastructure Workshop Addresses the Critical Issue of Vertiport Site Selection

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS) is in the final stages of preparing for the latest in a series of highly successful workshops focused on Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) infrastructure. The 6th AAM Infrastructure Workshop will be held September 20-22, 2022 in Dayton, Ohio at the University of Dayton Marriott.

VFS is the only technical company in the world dedicated to the advancement of helicopters and other rotorcraft, drones, electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) and other AAM aircraft, and related technologies. As a global leader in eVTOL for nearly a decade, VFS recognized eVTOL infrastructure as a defining challenge in 2019 and provided foundational support in defining requirements and promoting understanding of key challenges in infrastructure and the means to solve them.

According to Rex Alexander, VFS Infrastructure Advisor, “The overall theme of this year’s two-day infrastructure workshop will center on NASA’s recently released white paper, ‘Advanced Air Mobility Vertiport Considerations: A List and Overview. ‘” The white paper, which is a direct product of NASA’s highly successful AAM Ecosystem Working Groups (AEWG) program, outlines over 500 different considerations for evaluating and determining vertiport site selection that have been developed and compiled by nearly a hundred subject matter experts.

In its continued quest to provide the industry with tangible and actionable insights, and unique to this year’s workshop, VFS will host six small group brainstorming sessions on Day 1. These high-intensity audience engagement sessions and fast-paced, led by industry leaders and subject matter experts, are designed to take a deep dive into six critical areas. These areas include infrastructure cybersecurity, equity considerations, vertiport configuration, security management systems, vertiport architecture and engineering programming, and vertiport airspace.

On Day 2, participants will receive a full debrief on each of the six brainstorming sessions from the session facilitators. “We hope, based on the results of the Day 1 brainstorming sessions, to provide insight and guidance on what our priorities for AAM infrastructure should be and where research funds should be directed going forward. said Alexander. Additionally, on Day 2, the workshop will feature several panel discussions moderated by industry leaders on topics such as Battery Charging Infrastructure, Local Perspectives, International Perspectives, and Hydrogen Infrastructure at airports and vertiports.

According to Alexander, the target audience for the workshop is quite broad but at the same time strongly geared toward federal, state, and local decision makers who will be responsible for developing AAM infrastructure policies, regulations, ordinances, and codes. This includes groups such as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), state departments of transportation, local planning and zoning commissions, and city transportation officials.

On day three, VFS will host a tour of the Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport. Tour highlights include the Beta Technologies Portable Vertiport, Beta Technologies Simulator, FlyOhio Community Vertiport Challenge, Ohio UAS Center, Agility Prime program display, and Moog SureFly eVTOL aircraft.

To register for the workshop or to learn more, go to http://www.vtol.org/infrastructure. A discounted group rate is available at the hotel on the website.

The event sponsors are Woolpert, Parallax Advanced Research, PS&S and VPorts.

About Vertical Flight Company:

VFS was founded as the American Helicopter Society in 1943 by helicopter industry visionaries, who believed that technological cooperation and collaboration was essential to sustaining this new type of aircraft. Today, history is repeating itself, with the VFS playing a similar role in helping to advance today’s revolutionary eVTOL aircraft.

Since VFS began supporting the electric VTOL revolution in 2013, the company has been the leading voice for the eVTOL community in industry, academia and government. VFS hosted the world’s first eVTOL Technical Meeting in 2014, launched the world’s first eVTOL eNewsletter in 2016, the world’s first dedicated eVTOL website in 2017, the world’s first eVTOL Short Course in 2018, and the first eVTOL Symposium. hydrogen aviation in North America in March 2022.