Joint RAeS/VFS-UK Conference Concluded Successfully!

The joint RAeS/VFS-UK conference on turbulence effects have been a great success! The event was held at Shrigley Hall, Cheshire, on 24-05.

This event brought together brilliant presenters from the UK and abroad. The audience was treated with 12 extraordinary presentations over a tight day, sparking insightful discussions.

A great thank you to all presenters and participants! The presentation details will be made available to all participants soon.

VFS-UK/RAeS Conference: Technical Program Released!

The technical program and instructions for the joint VFS-UK/RAeS Conference: “Turbulence, the unseen threat to vertical flight” are now released!

This event will take place at Shrigley Hall Hotel & Spa, Pott Shrigley, Cheshire, SK10 5SB, 24th May 2023. Leading experts around the UK will gather to deliver outstanding presentations on turbulent effects.

  • Technical Program
9:30Welcome & Introduction
Federico Rovere, G. Barakos, and R. Steijl, “Brownout Modelling“, Univ. of Glasgow
Tao Zhang, George Barakos, Furqan, and Malcolm Foster, “High-fidelity Aerodynamic Modelling of the Operation of a Heavy-lift eVTOL“, Univ. of Leicester, Univ. of Glasgow, GKN Aerospace
Sam Bull, Dami Adeyemi, and Dom Wilson, “Experimental Investigation of a Mini-tab Device for Whirl Flutter Control“, Univ. of Bath
 Coffee break
Neale A. Watson, Mark Prior, Ieuan Owen, Mark D. White, “The Effect of Turbulent Wakes on Rotorcraft Recovery to an Offshore Platform“, Univ. of Liverpool
Nicholas Fernande, Christopher Dadswell, Ieuan Owen, Mark D. White, “Development of a Real-Time Piloted Simulator Framework for Rotorcraft Operations in Dynamic Environment “, Univ. of Liverpool
Dave Howson, “Development of a wind turbulence criterion for the safe operation of helicopters to offshore installations“, CAA (online presentation)
 Lunch break
V. Page and M. Jump, “Simulation of a quadcopter tethered to a fixed object in a reduced order model turbulent environment“, Univ. of Liverpool
I. C. Ardelean, D. Usov, B. Parslew, P. Hollingsworth, and A. Fillipone, “Verification of Energy-Based Path Planning Methods in Urban Wind Environment for Aerial Robotics“, Univ. of Manchester
Lars Christian Munch, Rémi Jacques Gérard Gan, Jacob Bach Meldal, and Thomas Vesth, “Characterization of freestream- and wind turbine wake-added turbulence for Rotor-Nacelle Assembly- and support structure design purposes”, Oersted
 Coffee break
Jamie M, Sayer, Merrick Stanley, “Flight Model Interaction with Airflow Disturbance Field”, QinetiQ
Terry Bullock, “Impacts of Turbulence and Thermal Plumes on Offshore Eastern Canada Helicopter Operations“, WSP
Douglas Barnes, “Regulatory Environment and Issues in relation to UAS Operation”, AAIB
16:45Summary, discussion
  • Instruction for Presenters
  • The regular presentation time is 25 minutes + 5 minutes for Q&A. Presentation as PowerPoint or PDF.
  • A laptop, projector, and microphone will be provided on-site. It is recommended that you upload/copy your presentation to the laptop before your session. If you wish to use your personal equipment, please connect and calibrate in advance before your session.
  • Virtual attendance: if you cannot attend in person and prefer a virtual presentation, please record your presentation and send to the Organising Committee by 22-05. Please make sure to connect for the Q&A session (Where appropriate, presentations will be synchronised online. Links are to be confirmed.)
  • The presentation language is English. Please prepare all your documents and slides in English.
  • There are no specifications or guidelines for the design of your slides. However, please use standard fonts such as Arial, Geneva, Helvetic or Lucida Sans in your presentation. Otherwise, we cannot exclude the possibility of unintentional text displacement in your presentation on the presentation computer.
  • Copyright Statement: the authors confirm that they and/or their company or organisation hold copyright on all original material included. The authors also confirm that they have obtained permission, from the copyright holder of any third-party material included in this paper, to publish it as part of their presentation. The authors confirm that they give permission or have obtained permission from the copyright holder to present at this event.

For more info and updates, please follow the official site of VFS-UK at and Linkedin ‘Vertical Flight Society UK Chapter’. We look forward to seeing all the attendees at the event!