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8th Biennial Autonomous VTOL Technical Meeting & 6th Annual Electric VTOL Symposium

Last year’s event sold out so don’t delay — register today!
8th Biennial Autonomous VTOL Technical Meeting & 6th Annual Electric VTOL Symposium takes place in Mesa, Arizona January 28th – February 1st. This biennial meeting is an excellent opportunity to learn about and discuss with researchers and leaders in academia, industry, and government agencies from around the world the latest advancements in manned/unmanned, electric/hybrid/turboshaft-powered, and civil/military autonomous VTOL aircraft technology.
The meeting will feature three days of technical presentations, Jan. 29-31, plus 2 short courses on eVTOL taught by industry experts. These courses fill up fast so register today!

  • Short Course on eVTOL Design: Mon, Jan. 28
  • Short Course on eVTOL Acoustics: Thurs/Fri, Jan. 31-Feb. 1

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7 December 2018 – Holiday Mixer at Dave and Busters

DATE CHANGED FROM THURSDAY TO FRIDAY!  The Arizona Chapter of the Vertical Flight Society will be hosting a holiday mixer family event at Dave and Busters in Tempe Marketplace on Friday, December 7, 2018.  Appetizers will be provided, so bring the whole family for a cash bar, social networking, games, and a Bell 407 model raffle!

Tickets are on sale below or available at the door.  All RSVPs need to be made by November 30th by purchasing a ticket or sending an email to  All proceeds go to the Dr. Fredrick Straub Memorial Scholarship fund.  The flyer is available here.

14 May 2018 – The 6th Annual Micro Air Vehicle Challenge at Forum 74

Our Chapter sponsored the 6th annual Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) Competition which was held during Forum 74 at the Phoenix Convention Center on May 14th, 2018.  Three University teams competed In the Autonomous Category with Vaughn College (Aerial Robotics) receiving $1000, University of Maryland (TerpCopter) received $500 for their package delivery system, and Penn State (Nittany Jugaadus) received honorable mention for their image recognition.  Two teams competed in the Manual Category with Vaughn College (UAV Club) recieving $2000 for “Best Remote Target Search” and University of Maryland (RC Flying Terps) winning $1500 for their “Innovative Design”.  Stay tuned for the 7th annual MAV Competition to be held January 19th, 2019 during the VTOL Symposium held in Mesa, Arizona.

11 April 2018 – An Evening with Moses Koyabe’s “The Sky’s the Limit”

On April 11th, 2018 our monthly chapter dinner presentation was provided by Moses Koyabe, Vice President of Business Development at Ideal Aerosmith Inc.  Moses provided a dynamic and enlightening presentation on the future use of drones to carry out services critical for rural and urban communities.  His presentation entitled “The Sky’s the Limit, the UAS Industry in Arizona” showed the enormous possibilities that lie ahead for the unmanned air vehicle systems.