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International Workshop on Engineering for Rotorcraft Safety

Virtual Workshop 7-9 April 2021

Given the ongoing global pandemic, the workshop will be an on-line event using live video streaming and interactive sessions. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Organized by the European Commission H2020 Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions MSCA-EJD NITROS, this workshop brings together the industrial and research community working on rotorcraft development from a safety perspective.

Helicopters currently perform crucial operations in different sectors providing a valuable contribution to society. Several issues are addressed by NITROS through innovative approaches in a unique cross-disciplinary research and training program with the goal of increasing safety and, as a consequence, the use and the public acceptance of rotorcraft.

The workshop will include invited lectures as well as presentations from researchers within the H2020 MSCA-EJD NITROS research and training network.

Workshop Topics

The objective is to discuss how engineering can be used to identify ways to reduce helicopter accidents. All topics related to aircraft design, analysis of the complex flight environment and human machine interaction are of interest. Contributions are solicited addressing technologies, processes, and design methodologies to increase rotorcraft and VTOL safety, including both new design and legacy helicopters. Topics of interest are:

  • Development of new technologies to specifically address accident causal factors
  • Novel analysis methods to allow for a better design for safety of new aircraft
  • Operational procedures for accident avoidance, including procedures for pilot training
  • Certification approaches to improve safety of vertical flight, including validation and verification methodologies for aircraft and operation models

Author instructions

A short abstract of 500 words maximum should be submitted to the workshop and the following deadlines are in place

Abstract due by November 30, 2020

Notifications of acceptance will be issued by December 15, 2020.

Two-page extended abstracts will be required by March 15, 2021

Both short and extended abstracts will be included in the workshop booklet,   to  be made available to all participants and released online on the NITROS webpage www.nitros-ejd.org

Selected contributors will be invited to submit a paper to a peer-reviewed special issue of Aerospace Science and Technology journal dedicated to rotorcraft safety.

Abstract should be sent to nitros.ejd@gmail.com

Important dates

Short abstract submission November 30, 2020

Notification of acceptance December 15, 2020

Two pages extended abstract March 15, 2021

Presentations sent by April 5, 2021

Workshop April 7-9, 2021


Committee

Chair

Prof. Giuseppe Quaranta, Politecnico di Milano, IT

Technical program committee

Prof. George Barakos, University of Glasgow, UK

Prof. Marilena Pavel, Delft University of Technology, NL

Prof. Mark White, University of Liverpool, UK

Prof. Pierangelo Masarati, Politecnico di Milano, IT

Mr. Luca Medici, Leonardo Helicopter Division, IT

For further information please write to giuseppe.quaranta@polimi.it

The workshop is sponsored by the European chapters of the Vertical Flight Society (Italy Chapter, UK Chapter, Germany Chapter) and by the Associazione Italiana di Aeronautica e Astronautica (AIDAA, Italian Association of Aeronautics and Astronautics), a member of CEAS.

3nd NITROS Training School on Rotorcraft modeling for Safety

Politecnico di Milano, Department of Aerospace Science and Technology, Milano, Italy 28-31 January 2020

The Third Training Summer school will be dedicated to Rotocraft Model Validation and Verification for Certificationand will be organized by POLIMI together with Leonardo HelicopterDivision. It will be held in Milano and includes a full day at Leonardo Plants of Cascina Costa to meet several components of the Aircraft System Design department and a vistit to the experimental line and few very interesting rotorcraft, included the prototype of AW609 tiltrotor.

45th European Rotorcraft Forum

Warsaw, Poland 17-20 September 2019

The European Rotorcraft Forum is one of the premier events in the rotorcraft community’s calendar bringing together manufacturers, research centres, academia, operators and regulatory agencies to discuss advances in research, development, design, manufacturing, testing and operation of rotorcraft.

Several papers by NITROS members will be presented. Stay tuned for an exact schedule.

ERF 2019 Website

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2nd NITROS Training School on Environmental Factors on Rotorcraft Safety

University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, UK 4-8 March 2019

The Second Training School on environemental factors will be held in University of Glasgow and will have lectures by several recognized experts form Leonardo Helicopter Division and CAA.  The program will include several practical experience exploting the capabilities of the Glasgow Flight Simulator to model wakes and envirnmental effects.

NITROS 2nd Training School Agenda

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1st NITROS Training School on Human Factors in Rotorcraft

Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, The Netherlands 12-17 September 2018

The First Training Summer school on Human factors in rotorcraft is coming. It will be held in TU Delft and will have lectures by several internationally recognized experts on Human Factors in Aerospace together with several practical experience exploting the capabilities of the TUD SIMONA Flight Simulator.

NITROS – 1st Trainig school Agenda

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44th European Rotorcraft Forum

Delft, The Netherlands 18-21 September 2018

The European Rotorcraft Forum is one of the premier events in the rotorcraft community’s calendar bringing together manufacturers, research centres, academia, operators and regulatory agencies to discuss advances in research, development, design, manufacturing, testing and operation of rotorcraft.

Several papers by NITROS members will be presented. Stay tuned for an exact schedule.

https://www.erf2018.org

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74th American Helicopter Society Forum

May 14-17, 2018 Phoenix, Arizona, USA

AHS International’s 74th Annual Forum & Technology Display is the world’s leading international technical event on vertical flight technology. The three-day meeting will include over 250 technical papers on every discipline from Acoustics to Unmanned Systems, as well as dozens of invited presentations and discussions by leaders in the military, government agencies and industry.

NITROS will present a paper during the Safety Session Wed. May 16, 2018 – 08:00 to 12:15

We will be happy to meet and discuss with all interested people during the conference.

https://vtol.org/forum

EASA

11th Rotorcraft Symposium

Cologne, Marriott Hotel, 5th & 6th December 2017

The Rotorcraft Symposium, organized by EASA European Aviation Safety Agency, is the European reference event which provides a forum to discuss developments in the rotary wings domain and their safety objectives and achievements.

NITROS will participate to this event with a presentation on the objectives of the Network.

We will be happy to meet and discuss with all interested people during the conference.

https://www.easa.europa.eu/newsroom-and-events/events/11th-rotorcraft-symposium#group-easa-downloads

January 2018 Update: you can watch a video of the presentation on the conference website and a pdf copy of the slides

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43rd European Rotorcraft Forum

September 12-15 2017 Milano, Italy

The European Rotorcraft Forum is one of the premier events on the rotorcraft community’s calendar. It brings together manufacturers, research centres, academia, operators and regulatory agencies to dicuss about research, development, design, manufacturing, testing and rotorcraft operations.

This Forum will be the 43rd in a series of meetings which take place annually across Europe, rotating around the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, The Netherlands and Russia. The first ERF was held in Southampton, England, in 1975 and the most recent in Lille, France, in 2016.

The NITROS project will participate to the exhibition. We will be happy to meet and discuss with all interested people during the conference.

http://www.erf2017.org

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73rd Annual Forum and Technology Display

May 9-11, 2017 Fort Worth, Texas, USA

AHS International’s 73rd Annual Forum & Technology Display is the world’s leading international technical event on vertical flight technology. The three-day meeting will include over 250 technical papers on every discipline from Acoustics to Unmanned Systems, as well as workshops, invited presentations and discussions by nearly 50 leaders in industry and government.

The Technology Display, running concurrent with the Forum, is the most extensive exposition of cutting-edge vertical flight technologies in the world, and also includes other technologies more broadly applicable to aerospace in general. Leading manufacturers, service providers, defense agencies, universities, and research and development organizations will showcase the very latest in vertical flight technology.

The NITROS project supervisor will participate to the Forum to disseminate the objectives of NITROS project to the Rotorcraft Community.

https://vtol.org/forum