Hundreds of rotorcraft engineers met in Phoenix this week for the American Helicopter Society (AHS) International’s Forum 69. Displays from AgustaWestland, Bell, Boeing, Eurocopter, Lockheed Martin, MD Helicopters and Sikorsky anchored a show floor that also featured a number of exhibits from companies such as AVX Aircraft, Advanced Turbine Engine Company, Applied Composites Engineering, Continuum Dynamics, Teletronics Technology and others.
Forum attendees at the Boeing display. Photos by Andrew Parker
Following an introduction by current AHS Chairman Steve Mundt, vice president of business development for EADS North America, attendees had a chance to ask leaders from various OEMs about their take on vertical lift technology with a CEO panel moderated by Andrew Drwiega, International Bureau Chief for Rotor & Wing. The panel consisted of James Wang, vice president of research and technology for AgustaWestland; Bell President and CEO John Garrison (who will take over as AHS chairman on July 1); Leanne Caret, vice president of vertical lift for Boeing Military Aircraft; Eurocopter’s Yves Favennec, vice president of research and innovation; Dan Schultz, vice president of ship and aviation systems for Lockheed Martin; and Sikorsky President Mick Maurer. (Look for more about the panel discussion next week at www.rotorandwing.com)