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ROTORCRAFT BUSINESS


STORY AND PHOTOS BY BRAD MCNALLY


held its 67th Annual Forum and Technology Display from May 3-5, 2011 at


The American Helicopter Society (AHS) the Virginia


American Helicopter Society 67th Annual Forum eral session was held that


titled “Straight Talk from the CEOs.”


Beach Convention Center. As this year’s edition of the Forum was held just minutes away from Virginia Beach and the waves of


the Atlantic


Ocean it was appropriately themed “Catching the Wave of New Vertical Flight Technology.” The event was a rousing success with more than 1,400 participants. The Forum was preceded by a short course on Rotorcraft Flight Dynamics Model Identification and Flight Control Design, given on May 2nd by Dr. Mark Tischler of the Army Aeroflightdynamics Directorate (AMRDEC) in Moffet Field, CA. The official kickoff was on the morning of May 3rd with the first of five technical sessions. The opening gen-


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afternoon and was This panel


discussion featured the leaders of Boeing Military Systems, Sikorsky Aircraft, Bell Helicopter Textron, American Eurocopter, Lockheed Martin Systems Integration, Kamov and Augusta Westland North America.


The first day concluded with the


Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship. The Nikolsky Lectureship is awarded to “an indi- vidual who has a highly distinguished career in vertical flight aircraft research and development and is skilled at communicating their technical knowledge and experience.”


This year’s presen-


ter was Mr. William Bousman, formerly of the U.S. Army Aeronautical Laboratory at Moffett Field, CA and the NASA Ames Research Center. His presentation was titled, “Full-Scale


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Rotor Airloads Measurements – Extraordinary Costs, Extraordinary Benefits.” More than 70 exhibitors were present in the


convention hall for the Technology Display. Included in this group were representatives from academia, rotorcraft manufacturers, suppliers and government entities.


In addition to the five tech-


nical sessions, special sessions were held with the International Helicopter Safety Team and Program Managers from the United States Army, Navy and Marine Corps. Some of the highlights of this year’s Forum were fly-ins by a United States Marine Corps V-22 Osprey and a United States Army UH-72 Lakota. Both aircraft landed in the parking lot adjacent to the convention center and were made available for tours and discussion with the flight crews. Other highlights of the Forum


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