The Ver­ti­cal Flight Soci­ety (VFS) is hold­ing its 2nd Annu­al H2-Aero Sym­po­sium on 28–30 March 2023 at Long Beach, Cal­i­for­nia, with events that include the SAE Inter­na­tion­al air­port fuel­ing stan­dards meet­ing.

“Last year’s event was the first con­fer­ence in North Amer­i­ca on hydro­gen for avi­a­tion, with pio­neer­ing pre­sen­ta­tions from the gov­ern­ment, avi­a­tion and hydro­gen indus­try that led to the devel­op­ment of a ground­break­ing whitepa­per,” said Mike Hirschberg, VFS Exec­u­tive Direc­tor. The Mul­ti­modal Hydro­gen Air­port Hub whitepa­per brings ground and air­port trans­porta­tion togeth­er with a hydro­gen hub con­cept.

Jesse Schnei­der, VFS H2-Aero Chair and CEO of ZEV Sta­tion, added: “This year’s H2-Aero Sym­po­sium fea­tures pre­sen­ta­tions includ­ing two fuel-cell air­craft pro­grams now tak­ing flight. This year’s theme is tak­ing hydro­gen to the next lev­el of accep­tance, from pol­i­cy to inte­gra­tion devel­op­ments in air­craft and air­ports.”

The H2-Aero whitepa­per pub­lished last year is being used as a base­line for dis­cus­sions on hydro­gen in aero­space, from the Fed­er­al Avi­a­tion Admin­is­tra­tion (FAA) in Wash­ing­ton DC to Hydro­gen Hub dis­cus­sions in Cal­i­for­nia. The evo­lu­tion of the fuelling por­tion of the whitepa­per is SAE AIR 8466 stan­dard­iza­tion. Sym­po­sium atten­dees are invit­ed to attend SAE’s first meet­ing ded­i­cat­ed to aero­space hydro­gen.

The 2nd Annu­al H2-Aero Sym­po­sium will fea­ture pre­sen­ta­tions from Air­bus, Bell, Bar­ti­ni, Hydroplane, Piasec­ki Air­craft and ZeroAvia, and hydro­gen infra­struc­ture com­pa­nies Shell, Uni­ver­sal Hydro­gen and ZEV Sta­tion. In addi­tion, the Ger­man Aero­space Cen­tre (DLR) BALIS project will be pre­sent­ed by AVL List.

Also fea­tured are talks from the Nation­al Renew­able Ener­gy Lab­o­ra­to­ry (NREL), Depart­ment of Defense (DoD), FAA, NASA and the UK Civ­il Avi­a­tion Author­i­ty (CAA), as well as the non-prof­it Hydro­gen Fuel Cell Part­ner­ship (H2FCP) and Fuel Cell Hydro­gen Ener­gy Asso­ci­a­tion (FCHEA).

Fol­low­ing the Sym­po­sium, SAE Inter­na­tion­al will hold the first face-to-face meet­ing of its new AE-5CH Hydro­gen Air­port Taskgroup. The goal is to work towards stan­dard­i­s­a­tion of the hydro­gen val­ue chain at the air­port, start­ing with SAE International’s AIR8466 ‘Hydro­gen Fuel­ing of Air­craft, in both gaseous and liq­uid form’ under devel­op­ment.

The SAE meet­ing will also fea­ture a demon­stra­tion on NREL’s H2FILLS tool that is pro­posed to be used to sim­u­late a wide vari­ety of hydro­gen air­craft fuel­ing.

The VFS H2-Aero Sym­po­sium is spon­sored by Bar­ti­ni and SAE Inter­na­tion­al, with Toray Advanced Com­pos­ites, ZeroAvia, Piasec­ki and ZEV Sta­tion sup­port­ing the event. The agen­da and details are post­ed at