Next HRC Conference

Propulsion Technical Specialists’ Meeting
October 29 – 30, 2019
“Theme – Powering the Future of Vertical Flight”

Hampton Roads Convention Center
1610 Coliseum Drive, Hampton, Virginia 23666

General Chair: 
Ms. Susan Gorton,
Technical Chairs:
Ms. Anastasia Kozup,


Tuesday, October 29 , 2019

Wednesday, October 30 , 2019


Advanced Turbine Engine Technologies: technology applicable to both developmental and legacy vertical lift aircraft including both manned and unmanned platforms. Topics could include:

  • advances in component technologies to enable increased performance
  • increased reliability
  • reduced operating and support costs
  • increased durability or alternative approaches to existing designs

Hybrid and Hybrid Electric Propulsion Technologies: all aspects of applying electric and hybrid electric propulsion solutions to UAV, rotorcraft, and VTOL aircraft. Technologies of interest could include:

  • electric motors
  • distributed propulsion systems
  • batteries
  • enabling control systems
  • supercapacitors
  • other enabling technologies for the advancement of hybrid propulsion solutions 

Power and Thermal Management Technologies: technologies and approaches to provide significantly higher electrical power capability to future vertical lift systems that are able to address the consequential thermal issues. Technologies could include:

  • energy storage
  • systems/approaches to provide pulse power
  • advanced heat exchangers
  • thermal management technologies
  • modeling and simulation approaches
  • test capabilities 

Advanced Powertrain Technologies: new and innovative drive system concepts, materials, and technologies applicable to vertical lift aircraft for current and future aircraft along with the challenges associated with integration into aircraft such as FVL, UAVs, and other VTOL aircraft. Recommended topics include:

  • variable/multi-speed concepts
  • weight/noise reduction technologies
  • advanced materials and processes for gears/bearings
  • technologies to reduce operations/sustainment costs
  • advances in tribology
  • alternatives to traditional rotorcraft drives system configurations


For the registration form, which includes registration fees click here.

These rates apply to Industry, Government and Speakers

Hotel Name: Embassy Suites by Hilton Hampton Hotel Convention Center & Spa
Hotel Address: 1700 Coliseum Drive
Hampton, Virginia 23666
Phone Number: 757-827-8200
We have a number of rooms at the government per diem rate of $109.16 including tax.

This rate is available only through October 14, 2019

Click here to go to the hotel web site.

If you want or need to make your reservation by phone, you may need to know the following information, which is unchanged from last year’s HELMOT technical meeting

Group Name: HELMOT
Group Code: HEL

General Questions:

Available spaces of 10′ x 10′ in the conference room at a cost of $800.00.  Click here for the exhibitors contract.  

Exhibitor questions: David Meyer


We will use VFS HQ for invited presenters to upload presentation slides.  They will be distributed to attendees after the meeting.

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.