We are soliciting volunteers for a STEM outreach event with the Boy Scouts of America on Saturday June 3rd, 2023. VFS Philly will be setting up a booth with promotional materials and STEM education activities. Some further details about the event are included in the attached flyer. We will forward more information about the VFS booth closer to the event.
The event runs from 9AM-2PM. We are looking for volunteers to help man the booth during some or all of the event. If you are interested and available to lend your time during any part of the event, please fill out the form linked below:
VFS Philadelphia Chapter had a very special dinner meeting at Leonardo Helicopters in Northeast Philadelphia on April 19, 2023 that included a presentation by Kevin Semler, Leonardo Instructor Pilot, and included tours of the Leonardo Helicopters facility. The presentation discussed the implications of the new Powered-Lift category and how it effects operator training, especially in relation to Advanced Air Mobility (AAM). The tours included Leonardo’s production and flight lines, including AW119s, TH-73As, AW139s, and static displays of the AW609 and MH139. No photos were allowed inside the facility, so be sure not to miss out next time!
AIAA GPS welcomed Jim Cavera, Senior Engineer with Blue Origin, as he presented: “Future Propulsion: Nuclear Fission, Fusion, and Beyond”. In his talk, the theoretical underpinnings of nuclear propulsion, the historical experiments, and the prospects for the future were discussed.
VFS Philly had the opportunity to hear from US Naval Academy midshipmen as they presented two of their capstone projects. The presentations were about AURORA, Arctic Unmanned Rapid Oil Response Aircraft, a design, build, and fly project to help track oil spills in Alaska, and Investigation of Helicopter Performance in Confined Areas, a further analysis of recent flight test activity completed at Pax River Test Pilot School to analyze the impact of confined spaces on operational safety.
The midshipmen traveled to Piasecki Aircraft and Boeing earlier in the day to tour the facilities and hear more about the history of vertical flight in Philadelphia.
The dinner also had a special guest, Angelo Collins, Vertical Flight Society’s new CEO, to replace Mike Hirschberg officially in May at the Forum.
A big thank you to Piasecki Aircraft for sponsoring the dinner meeting, as well!
The most recent dinner meeting was presented by Matt Hutchison on Tuesday October 18, 2022 at the Towne Hall in Media, PA. The meeting had a large audience with employees from all over the Philadelphia region, including Boeing, Piasecki Aircraft, Leonardo, DFI, and many others.