The Ver­ti­cal Flight Soci­ety (VFS) is hold­ing its 7th Work­shop on Advanced Air Mobil­i­ty (AAM) Infra­struc­ture on 26–28 Sep­tem­ber 2023 in New Jer­sey. AAM air­craft may be pow­ered by bat­ter­ies, hybrid elec­tric sys­tems or hydro­gen fuel cells.

The first day will be led by the Com­mu­ni­ty Air Mobil­i­ty Ini­tia­tive (CAMI) fol­lowed by a deep dive into impor­tant and time­ly AAM infra­struc­ture top­ics through noon on the last day. Atten­dees also have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to sign up for a tour of the FAA William J. Hugh­es Tech­ni­cal Cen­ter on Thurs­day after­noon.

The event includes keynotes from Paula Noura­gas, Chief Sci­en­tist and Tech­ni­cal Advi­sor at the FAA Tech­ni­cal Center’s Office of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­o­gy Inte­gra­tion, and Had­don Antonuc­ci, Pol­i­cy Direc­tor, office of local Con­gress­man Jeff Van Drew, advo­cate for the FAA Tech Cen­ter and AAM.

Work­shop ses­sions cov­er the fol­low­ing top­ics: infra­struc­ture data integri­ty; per­for­mance-based infra­struc­ture; per­for­mance-based fire pro­tec­tion in AAM; FAA AAM infra­struc­ture update; AAM infra­struc­ture and insur­ance; AAM oper­a­tions at air­ports; AAM dig­i­tal infra­struc­ture; drone and droneport inte­gra­tion; and micro grids for AAM.

Mod­er­a­tors include rep­re­sen­ta­tives of eVTOL devel­op­ers, archi­tec­ture and engi­neer­ing firms, infra­struc­ture com­pa­nies, AAM thought lead­ers and FAA offi­cials.
VFS has been active­ly devel­op­ing con­sen­sus-based solu­tions through its high­ly suc­cess­ful work­shop series to shape the future.

Those who should attend include eVTOL man­u­fac­tur­ers, fed­er­al and state depart­ment of trans­porta­tion (DOT) offi­cials, FAA offi­cials, munic­i­pal­i­ty lead­ers, Depart­ment of Defense (DOD) lead­ers, infra­struc­ture design­ers, archi­tec­ture and engi­neer­ing firms, insur­ance com­pa­nies, FAA Part 135 cer­tifi­cate hold­ers, build­ing and fire code pro­fes­sion­als, land-use pro­fes­sion­als, and every­one else inter­est­ed in learn­ing more about Advanced Air Mobil­i­ty.

The first four AAM Infra­struc­ture Work­shops were held semi-annu­al­ly from Sep­tem­ber 2019 to Sep­tem­ber 2021, and have been held annu­al­ly since then. These are the only work­shops in the world that address this impor­tant defin­ing chal­lenge of advanced air mobil­i­ty.

VFS was found­ed as the Amer­i­can Heli­copter Soci­ety in 1943 and has been a major force in the advance­ment of ver­ti­cal flight. VFS is the glob­al resource for infor­ma­tion on ver­ti­cal flight tech­nol­o­gy. For more than 80 years, it has pro­vid­ed glob­al lead­er­ship for sci­en­tif­ic, tech­ni­cal, edu­ca­tion­al and leg­isla­tive ini­tia­tives that advance the state of the art of ver­ti­cal flight.

The VFS 6th Work­shop on AAM Infra­struc­ture was held on 20–22 Sep­tem­ber 2022 at the Mar­riott in the Uni­ver­si­ty of Day­ton, Ohio.