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4th Workshop on eVTOL Infrastructure for Urban Air Mobility (UAM) – Virtual

March 2 - March 4


VFS is hosting its virtual 4th Workshop on eVTOL Infrastructure for Urban Air Mobility (UAM). This three-day meeting is the fourth in a series of solution-focused workshops.

Register here – https://vtol.org/infrastructure?utm_source=Complete+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=ac7b4a8d5d-AHS_Email_sent__8_22_2017_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_909a4ec120-ac7b4a8d5d-50799045

This 4th Workshop is dedicated to addressing the identified policy challenges in eVTOL Infrastructure and plotting out a plan of action in collaboration with the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), State, Regional and Local government to advance eVTOL Infrastructure development. The workshop schedule will include updates from the FAA Tech Center, presentations from key players from the industry and facilitated discussions to set the roadmap.

In the 1st workshop in Sept. 2019, industry representatives and regulators focused on the “defining challenges” of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, identifying key stakeholders and strategies for moving forward.

The 2nd Workshop on eVTOL Infrastructure, held virtually (due to COVID-19) in a series on sponsored webinars in April and May 2020, covered foundational elements needed to support the development of safe, functional and economically viable infrastructure to support UAM applications.

The 3rd Workshop on eVTOL Infrastructure, held virtually (due to COVID-19) in a series was held in September 2020, covered foundational elements needed to support the development of safe, functional and economically viable infrastructure to support UAM applications. A virtual tour of the FAA Technical Center in Atlantic City was also part of the program.  The output of the workshop was captured via audience inputs and used to set the content for the 4th workshop.


  • Provide an open forum to stakeholders and interested parties from industry and applicable government and regulatory bodies to discuss policy requirements as they relate to UAM technology and infrastructure.
  • Conduct facilitated discussions concerning key policy challenges as they pertain to UAM infrastructure to understand prioritization and time constraints.
  • Identify collaborative research and development opportunities necessary for creating common sense infrastructure standards based on aircraft performance criteria.


  • Build upon existing safety data to identify pre-competitive areas where proactive industry collaboration would be valuable in accelerating adoption.
  • Identify collaborative opportunities between industry and government agencies thatwill benefit the UAM industry.
  • Draft consensus-based strategies to advance policy at key Federal, State and Local levels.


  • Rex Alexander, 5-Alpha
  • Cliff Johnson, FAA
  • Michael Hertzendorf, HAI
  • Anna Dietrich and Yolanka Wulff, CAMI
  • Zach Shuman, Woolpert
  • Scott Cary, NREL
  • Matt Metcalfe, Deloitte
  • Dawn Zoldi, P3 Tech Consulting
  • Michael Dyment, NEXA Advisors
  • Jim Sherman, VFS

In order to maximize the educational opportunity and the diversity of attendees, we have set the registration rates very low.

Register now! (Microsoft’s Internet Explorer/Edge browser is not compatible with our registration site. First time users, be sure to click the popup to “Allow Cookies.” You do not need to be a member to register but you need an account.)

  • Federal, state and local government employees: $100 (must verify government employment)
  • Speakers: $100 (you will be provided with a registration code)
  • VFS Members: $200 (must be current)
  • Non-Members: $300 (includes 1 year of VFS membership)

Notes: Since this is a working meeting, members of the press are welcome to attend, but attributions made by FAA employees must be reviewed by the FAA Communications team.

Workshop Gold Sponsors:

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Contact VFS to become a sponsor!

Infrastructure for Urban Air Mobility Workshop
March 2-4, 2021 | GoToWebinar
All times are in EDT (UTC-5)
March 2, 2021
1000 – 1030 Welcome and Introductions
Jim Sherman, Vertical Flight Society
1030 – 1200 High Level Policy Challenges: Session 1 / Industry Perspective Moderator: Anna Dietrich, CAMI
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1200 – 1300 Networking Lunch with Exhibitors
1300 – 1430 High Level Policy Challenges: Session 2 / Local Perspective Moderator: Todd Petersen, Ellis & Associates
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1430 – 1445 Short Break
1445 – 1615 High Level Policy Challenges: Session 3 / Putting It All Together Moderator: Yolanka Wulff, CAMI
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March 3, 2021
1000 – 1200 State & Municipality Strategic Considerations: Session 1 / Learning From Past Experiences With Airports

From site selection to construction many players are needed to develop a Vertiport. Funding, zoning, airspace, and community engagement all play into the entire development and operation of a facility. Understanding the many political hurdles of a vertiport has rarely been explored. This session will bring together leaders from around the industry in planning, policy, airspace, and finance to discuss the steps needed to select and build a vertiport.

Moderator: Zach Shuman, Woolpert
Adrienne Lindgren, State and Local Partnerships, Hyundai
Rick Day, Principal, 6DOTS
Keri Lyons, Airport Certification and Safety Specialist, FAA
1200 – 1300 Networking Lunch with Exhibitors
1300 – 1430 State & Municipality Strategic Considerations: Session 2 / Neighborhood Grids & Power Sources Moderator: Scott Cary, NREL
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1430 – 1445 Short Break
1445 – 1615 State & Municipality Strategic Considerations: Session 3 / Local Engagement / The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Early engagement with local decision makers is vital to the success of any new project. Nowhere is this more evident than in the development of transportation infrastructure. “What they don’t know, will scare them!” This holds true for planning commissions, zoning commissions, city councils, city utilities, environmental services, etc… Before you issue your first press release you need to engage local policy makers and community stake holders, providing them with the facts they need to make informed decisions. If on the other hand community leaders hear about your project on the evening news first, there are not enough facts in the world to trump public opinion when its driven by pure emotion. This panel will provide an overview of lessons learned as it applies to local policy, community outreach, and engagement strategies.

Moderator: Rex Alexander, Five-Alpha
Harry Osborne, Senior Director, PS&S
Chuck Clauser, Senior Architect, PS&S
Cade Clark, Vice President of Government Affairs, Helicopter Association International (HAI)
1615 – 1715 Happy Hour with Sponsors and Exhibitors
March 4, 2021
1000 – 1200 Advancing Technology Through Policy: Session 1 / Community Engagement and Unlocking Scaled Advanced Air Mobility

Urban Air Mobility represents an exciting paradigm shift, taking aviation from a predominantly long-distance public transportation mode to an integral component of regional and local mobility. While industry and governments mature Urban Air Mobility capabilities there is recognition that it will to bring new aviation operations closer to communities than ever before. Experience has shown that communities have a strong interest in any changes to their neighborhoods including those above them. The experience of the aviation over the last 30 has generated many invaluable lessons about the importance of effective community engagement, that have the potential to enable or constrain scaled UAM operations. This panel explores what we can learn from past community engagement best practices, what different or new approach’s might be possible now, and how and when we start?

Moderator: Matt Metcalfe, Deloitte Consulting
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1200 – 1300 Networking Lunch with Exhibitors
1300 – 1430 Advancing Technology Through Policy: Session 2 / Vertiport Infrastructure: A Case Study – Practical and Legal Considerations
This panel will use a real-world patented vertiport product as a “case study” to discuss go-to-market legal challenges and provide the audience with practical tips to navigate these hurdles at the state level. The panel will discuss potential holistic solutions including whether the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) model rule-making procedure is a viable option for consistent regulations and approaches.
Moderator: Dawn Zoldi, P3 Tech Consulting
Lydia M. Hilton, Of Counsel, Berman Fink Van Horn PC
Mike DiCosola, CEO, Drone Industry Systems Corp
Grant Guillot, Partner, Adams and Reese LLP
Joseph Corrao, Civil Aviation Attorney
1430 – 1445 Short Break
1445 – 1615 Advancing Technology Through Policy: Session 3 / Hydrogen – Policies, Technologies and Future Infrastructure.

Hydrogen-powered propulsion is now considered both feasible and a game-changer for future electric flight.  In this panel, a select group of experts having a perspective on the future of hydrogen — production, distribution and use for flight – will provide their thoughts and take questions from the Vertical Flight Society audience.

Moderator: Michael Dyment, NEXA Capital Partners
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1615 – 1715 Happy Hour with Sponsors and Exhibitors

There are limited number of sponsorships available. Fill out this eVTOL Workshop Sponsor Application to apply for a sponsorship.

  • Gold Sponsorship (5 max): $2,500 — includes logos/signage, flyer, three complimentary registrations and a 20-minute speaking slot. (Subject to approval and availability.)
  • Silver Sponsorship (5 max): $1,500 — includes logos/signage, flyer, one complimentary registration and a 10-minute speaking slot. (Subject to approval and availability.)
  • Advertiser (10 max): $500 — includes logos/signage. (Subject to approval and availability.)


The Vertical Flight Society, founded in 1943 as the American Helicopter Society, is the world’s leading professional organization working to advance vertical flight. VFS has been a leading advocate and supporter of what we call “The Electric VTOL Revolution.” We held the world’s eVTOL technical meeting in 2014 and our 7th Annual eVTOL Symposium was held in Jan. 2020 in Silicon Valley; we now have 100+ hours of informative and educational videos on electric VTOL. A summary of the work that VFS and its partners have done, along with information on previous events and activities, can be found on this webpage.


Please contact Jim Sherman for more information.


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