Chapter Meetings

Hampton Roads Chapter Virtual Luncheon Meeting – August 24, 2022

The Hampton Roads Chapter of the Vertical Flight Society hosted a Lunch and Learn on August 24th, 2022 at 12 PM at “County Grill & Smokehouse” in Yorktown, Virginia. Our speaker was LTC Keogh, Chief of Flight Test for the Flight Test Division of TDD-A/AVMC/DEVCOM.

Hampton Roads Chapter Virtual Luncheon Meeting – April 23, 2021

Guest Speaker Ms. Susan Gorton

The presentation provided an overview of NASA’s new Advanced Air Mobility Mission with particular emphasis on research for eVTOL vehicle technologies and included an update on the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter.

Ms. Susan Althoff Gorton has been with NASA for 22 years and has been the NASA Revolutionary Vertical Lift Technology Project lead for the past 15 years.  The project mission is to develop and validate tools, technologies and concepts to overcome key barriers for vertical lift vehicles.  Ms. Gorton is responsible for the work in this area that is conducted at NASA Ames, Armstrong, Glenn and Langley Research Centers.  Prior to joining NASA, she was a researcher in the Army’s Aeroflightdynamics Directorate, now known as the Technology Development Directorate, for 15 years.

Ms. Gorton is an Honorary Fellow of the Vertical Flight Society and Associate Fellow of the AIAA.

Virtual attendance was 106 persons.


Hampton Roads Chapter Virtual Luncheon Meeting – December 9, 2020

Another Hampton Roads Chapter virtual luncheon was held at noon on December 9, 2020.  The speaker was Dan Newman; Senior Technical Fellow / Chief Engineer, Boeing Phantom Works, Advanced Vertical Lift.  His topic was the NATO Next Generation Rotorcraft. Over the past years NATO has been setting the conditions for the Next Generation Rotorcraft (NGR) and identifying NGR Capabilities (NGRC), through a series of studies by the NATO Science and Technology Office (STO), the NGRC Team of Experts (TOE), and an ongoing series of studies by the NATO Industry Advisory Group (NIAG). This presentation reviewed the background and need, the ongoing activities and emerging results, and the recent agreements among NATO Member Nations toward an NGR. Thanks to Mr. Newman for an excellent presentation and to Sierra Semel, chapter Vice President/Program Chair for organizing it. The event was held in cooperation with the VFS Delaware Valley chapter.  Approximately 40 persons attended.

First Hampton Roads Chapter Virtual Luncheon Meeting, July 14, 2020. 

Hampton Roads Chapter held a virtual Hampton Roads Chapter luncheon meeting on July 14, 2020 via Microsoft Teams. The speaker was Mr. David Friedmann, Deputy PM, Development & Test, FARA CP, who briefly described the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft Competitive Prototype (FARA CP) program.  The software worked very well with no problems in signing in, hearing or seeing the presentation.  It also provided the opportunity for those who had microphones to ask questions of which there were several.  The subject matter is of great interest across the industry so the attendance of approximately 75 persons included many from outside the domain of the chapter.  Attendance was significantly greater than would have been  expected for a sit down luncheon meeting.  Thanks to the speaker and to those who set the system up to work so well.

Hampton Roads Chapter FREE Luncheon, February 20, 2020

This luncheon, originally scheduled for January 16, was held at the County Grill & Smokehouse, 1215 George Washington Highway, Yorktown, Virginia, at 11:30 a.m. on 2/20/2020. Can you remember that date? The luncheon was free for VFS members who were up-to-date with their dues. David Pullman, Chief Structural Engineer from Advanced Technologies Incorporated (ATI) (Standing), discussed “Blade Section Analysis Using the Variational Asymptotic Beam Section (VABS) Analyzer.”