44th European Rotorcraft Forum

Call for papers
Delft, The Netherlands 18-21 September 2018

Call for abstracts

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. The Forum takes 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. In 2018 the 44th European Rotorcraft Forum will be organised in Delft, The Netherlands from September 18-20.

The vital importance of safety in rotary wing operations is highlighted by the Helicopter Safety Workshop on the final day of ERF, hosted by the EASA Rotorcraft Sectorial Committee (RSC) and the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST). On September 20th, the morning sessions of the workshop will focus on scientific developments and the afternoon on operational aspects. ERF participants have free entrance to the workshop.

Best Paper Awards

The Cheeseman Award for Best Paper prepared for and presented at the European Rotorcraft Forum ERF has been established to recognize the author(s) who has/have prepared and presented the most significant technical paper as judged and selected by his/her peers. While the quality of the archived paper is paramount in the selection process, the quality of the presentation of the material at the Forum will also be taken into account.
The selected paper is presented at the 75th Forum of the American Helicopter Society AHS.
The Author(s) not older than 30 years of age with the best paper in this age-group will receive the Padfield Award.

Abstract Submission

Abstracts can be submitted online at the Forum registration website.
The website offers the possibility to directly upload the author's contribution. The abstract, in English with a length between 500 and 1000 words. The online mask requests additional information from the author, age (if less than 30), new or significant aspects of their work and a proposal for session assignment of the paper.
Forum Organisation will apply the rule: "no paper no podium". If a clearance is needed, the author is responsible to obtain the relevant authorization before submitting the full paper. In case of questions, do not hesitate to contact the Forum Organisation.

Key Dates & Deadlines

9 March 2018 (extended)

Abstract submission deadline

10 April 2018 (shifted)

Notification to authors

30 April 2018

Preliminary program and registration open

06 July 2018

Full paper submission

18-20 September 2018

ERF 2018 Conference

21 September 2018

Technical tours

Social Events & Technical Visits

The forum registration fee will include a welcome reception and the Forum banquet (except for reduced registration rates). Technical visits will be organized on September 21st.


Delft has a lot to offer!


Delft University of Technology,
Aula Conference Centre,
Mekelweg 5, 2628 CC Delft

Correspondence & Enquiries

For more information please contact Netherlands Association of Aeronautical


Delft has a lot to offer! The city is well-known for its ties with the Netherlands Royal family (tombs of William of Orange and members of the Royal family) and the famous painter Vermeer. Delft is also world renowned for its Delft Blue earthenware and its lovely canals. Delft has a pleasant, well-preserved, lively historical centre, with characteristic canals, ancient merchant houses, old churches and the splendid city hall. Delft is more than 750 years old. The city owes its name to the word 'delving', digging the oldest canal, the Oude Delft. In 1246, Delft received its city franchise from the Dutch Earl Willem II. Delft is nicknamed 'de Prinsenstad' (the Prince's City), because William of Orange, the first in the Dutch royal line, held court in Delft in the 16th century. In 1842 the Royal Academy for Civil Engineers was founded. The Academy used the building vacated by the artillery school. The Academy of then is the TUDelft of today, which is also the largest employer in Delft.

Delft is synonymous with ceramics - 'Delft Blue' has been produced in this city for many centuries. At the end of the 16th century Flemish potters started to make imitations of southern European pottery. Because of the Spanish occupation, some of them fled from Antwerp to Delft and they provided the origins of the Delftware industry. Between the years 1600 and 1800 Delft was one of the most important ceramics producers in Europe.

Some Fun Facts

International Committee

*country representative



Mr. P. Beaumier (Philippe)

Chemin de la Huniere,
F-91761 Palaiseau Cedex, France

Mr. T. Krysinski* (Thomasz) Airbus Helicopters,
F-13725 Marignane Cedex, France



Mr. R. Heger (Rainer)

Airbus Helicopters GmbH,
Industriestraße 4-6,
86607 Donauwörth, Germany

Dr. K. Pahlke* (Klausdieter) DLR,
Lilienthalplatz 7,
38108 Braunschweig, Germany



Mr. L. Medici* (Luca)

Leonardo Helicopters
Via G. Agusta, Cascina Costa,
21017 Samarate – Varese, Italy

Prof. P. Masarati (Pierangelo)

Politecnico di Milano,
Dept. of Aerospace Science and
Technology, 20156 Milano, Italy

The Netherlands

The Netherlands

Mr. J. F. Hakkaart* (Joost)

Netherlands Aerospace Centre NLR,
P.O. Box 90502, 1006 BM Amsterdam,
The Netherlands



Prof P. Bibik* (Przemysław)

Warsaw University of Technology,
Power and Aeronautical Engineering,
Warsaw, Poland

Roger Garfield

Russian Federation

Mr. R. Mirgazov (Ruslan)

1 Zhukovsky Street, Zhukovsky, Moscow
Region, 140180, Russian Federation

Mr. A. Okhonko* (Alexander) JSC Russian Helicopters
Entrance 9, 12 Krasnopresnenskaya emb.,
Moscow, Russian Federation

Roger Garfield

United Kingdom

Mr. A. Irwin (Alan)

Leonardo Helicopters
Lysander Road, Yeovil,
Somerset BA20 2YB, United Kingdom

Dr. R. Markiewicz* (Richard) DSTL
Portsdown West, Fareham,
Hampshire, PO17 6AD, United Kingdom


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Exhibitor and Promotional opportunities

The conference will be held in the Aula Conference centre of the Delft University of Technology. The combination of a Technical University, a pleasant old town, good accessibility and perfect equipment, makes the Aula Conference centre an outstanding location for this event.

There will be an opportunity for a variety of (inter)national companies, institutions and other relevant organizations to present themselves at the very spacious Foyer and support the conference. Interested in becoming an exhibitor or sponsor at the 44th European Rotorcraft Forum in Delft?

The organizing committee is pleased to offer various promotion or sponsoring packages that include opportunities to exhibit products and services. Of course also specific requests can be worked out to generate the best value for money for your company.

Sponsoring packages

€ 1.500,-

  • One conference ticket
  • Logo on the event website (www.ERF2018.org)
  • Post registration list

€ 2.500,-

  • Silver package plus:
  • Exhibition booth
  • Exhibitor advertisement in final program

€ 5.000,-

  • Gold package plus:
  • Name and logo on all printed and electronic matter issued for the event

Sponsoring package 'silver': € 1.500,-
• One ticket to the conference, including welcome reception and the Forum banquet.
• Company/Organization listing with logo on the event website (www.ERF2018.org).
• Post registration list (PDF Format).

Sponsoring package 'gold': € 2.500,-
Silver package plus:
• Exhibition booth (6 m2) to present your company/organization to the audience during the event.
• Exhibitor advertisement in final program (1 page).

Sponsoring package 'platinum': € 5.000,-
Gold package plus:
• As main sponsor your company/organization name and logo will be included on all printed and electronic matter issued for the event, including the conference bag, USB-stick with the proceedings, etc.

Other options for sponsoring the forum include (partly) financially hosting the welcome reception, conference dinner, symposium bag, logo on batch or keynote presentations.

We welcome and are grateful for any support and will ensure that your organization’s support is properly acknowledged in all conference materials and press releases.

Please complete the registration form to indicate you exhibition and\or promotional requirements.

Please do not hesitate to contact the conference chair Christophe Hermans or deputy chair Joost Hakkaart (erf2018@nlr.nl) if you have any questions or need any clarification in relation to becoming a sponsor and/or a supporting organization.