VFS Philly Next Dinner Meeting!

Please join us for our next dinner meeting on Wednesday February 28th at the American Helicopter Museum and Education Center! We are very excited to announce that this dinner meeting will be jointly hosted with The AIAA Greater Philadelphia Section!

We will hear from Kaydon Stanzione, CEO of LogistiWerx Inc and VFS Membership VP. In addition to his extensive experience in advanced technology development, Kaydon has aided both VFS and AIAA in varying capacities – especially in expanding student outreach and programs.  

 We ask that you please RSVP by Monday, February 26th.

Please see our Upcoming Events page for more information!

We look forward to seeing you on the 28th!

Thoughts from the Vertical Flight Society Executive Director

VFS Philadelphia had the great opportunity to hear from VFS Executive Director Angelo Collins at our January 24,m 2024 dinner meeting at the Inn at Swarthmore! We want to give a big thank you to our sponsor, Insight Global, for a great night!

Boeing Vertical Lift: Past, Present, and Future

VFS Philly had a great dinner meeting a Widener University, sponsored by Boeing! Attendees heard from many great Boeing Vertical Lift employees, including Bob Beggs, Keith Conaron, and Mark Osborne. They discussed Past, Present, and Future of Boeing Vertical Lift!

“Seeing the Unseen: A Smart Image-Based Framework for In-Flight Long-Range Atmospheric Visibility Estimation” and “The FAA Perspective on eVTOL”

VFS Philly hosted another great dinner meeting near Rowan University in Glassboro New Jersey on September 19th, 2023 with two impressive presentations! We were very excited to host the dinner meeting at a new location, as well as had the opportunity to interact with one of our newest student chapters of Rowan University.

Both presenters gave impressive discussions, with Dr. Giuseppina Carannante’s topic of “Seeing the Unseen: A Smart Image-Based Framework for In-Flight Long-Range Atmospheric Visibility Estimation”, and Cliff Johnson presenting on “The FAA Perspective on eVTOL”.

“The Current State of Powered-Lift Training and the Implications for Advanced Air Mobility” at Leonardo Helicopters

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!

US Naval Academy Midshipmen “AURORA – Vertical Lift Student Design Project” and “Investigation of Helicopter Performance in Confined Areas”

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!

Thoughts from the VFS Executive Director

On Tuesday, December 13, 2022, VFS Philly had the incredible opportunity to hear from the Executive Director of the Vertical Flight Society, Mike Hirschberg!

Aurora Technology Demonstrators and Boeing Modernization of Legacy Technologies

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.

PA-890 EVTOL Slowed Rotor Winged Compound and USNA Students

The Philly Chapter of VFS hosted a dinner meeting on April 12, 2022 and was held at the Town Hall in Media, PA. The dinner meeting included two presentations, one by Fred Piasecki on the PA-890 EVTOL Slowed Rotor Winged Compound, and the second by USNA Students on the Design of a VTOL UAS for Environmental Survey Above the Arctic Circle.