Hampton Roads Chapter 2019 Scholarship Competition

As it has for many years,the Hampton Roads Chapter is conducting a competition for two $1000 scholarships. For useful general information, an application checklist and the application form please click here 2019 VFS Scholarship Application..  Applications must be postmarked Not Later Than March 15, 2019.  To see the 2018 scholarship winners click on the We Support tab.

Robert L. Lichten Award

VFS Southeast Region Competition Update

The Robert L. Lichten Award is presented annually for the best technical presentation by a VFS member who has not previously  presented at the Forum or regional technical meetings.  The competition is carried out first at the regional level with the regional winners traveling to the Annual Forum for final presentations. The chapters in the Southeast Region include: Aberdeen Proving Ground; Cherry Point; Federal City; Hampton Roads; and Patuxent River. Two abstracts were received.  The regional competition was conducted  January 22, 2019,  at the York County, Virginia,  location of Karem Aircraft.  Ms. Emily Fisher from the University of Maryland was judged to be the regional representative after her presentation entitled “Fundamental Characterization of Lithium Sulfur Batteries for Electric Aviation.”  The Forum will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. May 13 -16, 2019.  

Emily Fiisher congratulated by Southeastern Regional Vice President Susan Gorton

Thanks to our competition judges: David Meyer (The Boeing Company), Anastasia Kozup (U.S. Army Aviation Development Directorate), Dr.James Baeder (University of Maryland) and Dr. Rajneesh Singh (U.S. Army Research Laboratory)

Helicopter Military Operations Technology, HELMOT 2018


The subject of the meeting was “Transformational Technologies and their Application to the Vertical Battlespace.” It was was held October 24 -25,2018 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center, Hampton, Virginia .  Presentations were given in sessions entitled: Unmanned Operations; Operational Enablers; and JMR Program.This conference was the most popular technical meeting sponsored by the Hampton Roads Chapter in a number of years with a total registration of 128, 56 of whom were from the Government and the remainder from industry and academia. .  The program included a keynote address from BG Walter Reugen, a welcoming overview by VFS Executive Director, Mike Hirschberg and 19 technical presentations. All presentations were unclassified.  Thank you to those who participated,especially to those who presented and updated the community on the latest research in the vertical lift community. Look for a detailed review of the meeting written by Frank Colucci in an upcoming edition of Vertiflite Magazine.