Next HRC Technical Meeting

Next Technical Meeting

HELMOT XIX, December 7 – 8, 2022

The Southeast Region and Hampton Roads chapter are sponsoring the HELMOT meeting on December 7-8, 2022. The theme is Vertical Lift Capabilities for Multi-Domain Operations.

The conference will consist of 1.5 days of unclassified, unrestricted presentations held at the Newport News Marriott at City Center, Newport News, Virginia. HELMOT XIX will combine interest in manned and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), vertical/rotorcraft research and development enabling increased warfighter capability.

Topics will focus on how advancement in vertical lift mission technologies will prepare the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security manned rotorcraft and UAS for the future multi-domain operational environment around the world and will include a review of how modernization will transition our current force to the next generation platforms.

US Army DEVCOM Classified Future Battlefield Briefs

US Army DEVCOM AvMC will host the Classified Informational Briefing on the “Future Battlefield Briefs (CFBB) and Air Launched Effects/Autonomous Teams (ALE/A-Team)” on Tues., December 6 and Wed. morning, December 7 at the Jacobs Conference Center, Ft. Eustis, VA. Please download the DEVCOM AvMC Classified Future Battlefield Briefs for all information, including security contact information to request attendance.

HELMOT Program

All meeting activities will take place at the Newport News Marriott at City Center in the Pearl Ballroom: there is plenty of free parking for attendees. The sessions will be a half-day on Wednesday, December 7 and a full-day on Thursday, December 8 -download the full agenda above.

Wed. Dec. 7: 12:00 to 5:00 pm
9:00 am – 4:00 pm: Registration Open
12:00 – 1:30 pm: Light Lunch for Attendees
1:30 – 2:00 pm Keynote Speaker: Multi-Domain Operations, COL Larry Geddings, US Army Futures Command G3, Futures and Concepts Center

1:30 – 5:00 pm: Session 1 – Modernization Updates

Refreshment Break @ 3:00 pm

6:00 pm: Social Networking Opportunity (Venue TBD)
Thurs. Dec. 8: 7:00 to 4:30 pm
7:00 – 8:00 am: Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 11:00 am: Session 2 – Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA)

Refreshment Break @ 9:30

11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Lunch on your own

1:00 – 4:30 pm: Session 3 – Human Machine Interface

Refreshment Break @ 2:30


Exhibit Opportunities

Exhibit space is available for industry and military organizations. Each exhibit will be located in the Pearl Ballroom where the meeting will take place. The cost of 10’x’10 unit is $800 USD – download the HELMOT exhibit contract for more information. If you have questions, please contact David Meyer, Exhibit Chairman, VFS Hampton Roads Chapter.


Please register online, or submit completed registration form (PDF) to VFS HQ. Registration rates apply to Industry, Government/Military and Speakers and include lunch and social on Wednesday, continental breakfast on Thursday, and refreshment breaks. The rates are as follows:

VFS Member: $275 USD
Non-Member: $375 USD (includes 1-year of VFS membership)
VFS Student Member: $75 USD (Non-members must join first)
$50 cancellation fee – no refunds after Nov. 29, 2022

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Past Technical Meetings

Rotorcraft Structures and Survivability Technical Specialists’ Meeting, October 27 – 28, 2021, Theme – “Innovative Structures and Survivability Solutions for Vertical Lift”

The theme for the two day conference is “Innovative Structures and Survivability Solutions for Vertical Lift.” The meeting will consist of unclassified, unrestricted presentations to be held in person at the Hampton Roads Convention Center, Hampton Virginia. In case of unexpectedly prolonged COVID restrictions, the conference will be moved to a virtual format. The meeting will highlight research and development efforts, both current and planned, related to manned and unmanned rotorcraft structures, crash safety, and vulnerability reduction. Lodging is available at the adjoining Embassy Suites by Hilton Hampton Roads.

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

The technical meeting was held at the Hampton Roads Convention Center, Hampton, Virginia. Organizers included General Chair: Ms. Susan Gorton, and Technical Chair: Ms. Anastasia Kozup. 

Presentations were invited on the following topics:

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

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

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. 

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.

To view the program agenda click here. Copies of the presentation slides were distributed to attendees after the meeting.

To view the summary of the meeting prepared for January-February 2020 Vertiflite Magazine click here.

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.