EVTOL and AAM: What You Should Know
6 maart 2022 08:00 - 12:00
Professional Education Course (PEC)
Tracks: Pilot, Safety
Instructor: Rex J. Alexander, Mike Hirschberg, Jim Sherman, and Ken Swartz, Vertical Flight Society
Price by Jan. 14: $345 Member | $505 Nonmember
Price after Jan. 14: $480 Member | $705 Nonmember
This course will provide participants a basic understanding of the electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) and advanced air mobility (AAM) industries. Participants will leave with fundamental knowledge of the two industries, including the business and carrier opportunities they offer.
Learning Objectives: By the conclusion of the course, participants will have learned:
- AAM and eVTOL concepts
- Who the key stakeholders are
- The aircraft concepts being considered
- How eVTOL aircraft are being certified
- Infrastructure design, development, and integration considerations
- The timeline for AAM.
Mike Hirschberg has served as the executive director of the Vertical Flight Society since 2011. Previously, he worked 20 years in the aerospace industry, primarily on the development of advanced technology drones and vertical flight aircraft for various government agencies. Mike was also a principal aerospace engineer with CENTRA Technology, providing technical and program management support for more than 10 years to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Office of Naval Research (ONR) on advanced aircraft and rotorcraft concepts.
Jim Sherman joined the Vertical Flight Society (VFS) in 2019 as the organization’s director of strategic development, responsible for setting and executing the society’s strategy for promoting membership development and growth. Prior to joining VFS, Jim worked for SAE International as a technical conference developer and for BAE Systems in various engineering and business development positions.
Ken Swartz, a Vertical Flight Society board member and senior editor of Vertiflite magazine and the eVTOL.news website, is the founder of Aeromedia Communications in Toronto, Canada. He has more than 30 years of experience in the aerospace industry as a market analyst and strategist, working with helicopter operators, regional airlines, and a leading manufacturer of turboprop and regional jet passenger aircraft. In 2010, he won HAI’s Communicator of the Year award for his work in media.
Rex Alexander joined the Vertical Flight Society in 2019 and is the organization’s vertical flight infrastructure advisor. He has more than four decades of experience as a rotary- and fixed-wing pilot and A&P technician in military, general, and commercial aviation. He is the founder and president of Five-Alpha (5α), a globally recognized aeronautical consultancy specializing in vertical lift infrastructure, education, research, and development. Rex also currently serves as chair of the National Fire Protection Association’s Standard for Heliports, NFPA 418, and as co-chair of the US Helicopter Safety Team’s Infrastructure Working Group.