CEAS Rotorcraft Committee (RC)

The new CEAS has been founded in 2006 as a European Association under Belgium law with its seat in Brussels. The committees are a major element of CEAS in order to establish aerospace knowledge and experience in Europe, prepare technical papers in different areas of technology, organize exchange of knowledge, support the European industrial and scientific community, establish meetings and conferences and foster communication and motivation for young engineers and scientists.

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The Rotorcraft Committee is a group of individuals from a broad range of rotorcraft industries, research establishments, operators, governmental agencies and universities of the constituent member state societies. Most of the members are holding leading positions within the organisations where they are employed.


The Rotorcraft Committee has been formed with the aim of promoting the importance of rotorcraft and to encourage & foster interest in this field.


The scope of topics covered by the Rotorcraft Committee includes typical rotorcraft related design issues (like aero-, flight mechanics, dynamics & acoustics), airworthiness (review of new legislation), flight & mission operations (ranging from flight safety to accident investigations), maintenance support (covering health & usage monitoring) & pilot training (both knowledge based & skills driven).

The committee supports the organisation of the European Rotorcraft Forum ERF and the publication of peer-reviewed ERF papers in its CEAS journal. Furthermore, special interest is focused on the motivation of young people to be further engaged in rotorcraft related activities.

Future trends

An increasing number of rotorcraft is entering into service. European rotorcraft industry is a worldwide market leader. To continue the success and competitiveness of our world class industry, we need to increase the public acceptance and strengthen the European rotorcraft design & research infrastructure.

A number of challenges face the rotorcraft community at present:
- Improvement of integration of rotorcraft into civil airspace.
- Greening of rotorcraft and its operations (achievement of the Vision 2020 targets): rotorcraft fuel burn, noise & emissions significantly have to be reduced.
- Condition based in-service support & maintenance.
- European rotorcraft licensing regulations and zero flight time training.
- Improvement of rotorcraft safety records as compared to safety records of the fixed wing community.

Information on rotorcraft is provided to CEAS members through the society's newsletter and journal.

Committee Membership

NameSocietyAffiliationEmail Address
Joost HakkaartNVvLNLRjoost.hakkaart@nlr.nl
Fabio NanoniAIDAAAgustaWestlandfabio.nannoni@agustawestland.com
Tomasz Krysinski3AFAirbus Helicopters S.A.Stomasz.krysinski@airbus.com
Blanche Demaret3AFONERAblanche.demaret@onera.fr
Klausdieter PahlkeDGLRDLRklausdieter.pahlke@dlr.de
Richard MarkiewiczRAeSDsTLrhmarkiewicz@dstl.gov.uk
Ruslan MirgazovTsAGITsAGIspintest@tsagi.ru
Zenon WitkowskiCo-optedAgustaWestlandzenon.witkowski@agustawestland.com
Janusz NarkiewiczCo-optedWarsaw University of Technologyjnark@meil.pw.edu.pl
Alan IrwinCo-optedAgustaWestlandalan.irwin@agustawestland.com
Philipp KrämerDGLRAirbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbHphilipp.kraemer@airbus.com
Alexander OkhonkoCo-optedJSC Russian Helicopters,a.okhonko@rus-helicopters.com

European Rotorcraft Forum ERF

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

The ERFs are special events for the international rotorcraft community and many of us might even remember past ERFs as significant milestones in our careers – maybe the first public presentation for a PhD student, or a report on a multi-national collaborative research venture, the description of new technologies or operational capability for a development programme or the first announcement of new draft regulations. All these things and more can be found in the rich portfolio of a typical ERF. The ERF International Committee, responsible for the technical programme of the Forum, aims to provide a window on the rotorcraft world, to stimulate discussion and even provoke innovation.

The Forum takes place annually across Europe, rotating around the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Russia. The ERF is being organized by the various national aeronautical societies and co-batched by CEAS. The first ERF was held in Southampton, England, in 1975.


A briefing of the 2016 event held in Lille on 6-8th September 2016 and the announcement the next ERF, to take place in Milano (Italy) from 12th to 15th September 2017 can be downloaded here.


During the Forum sessions cover typical aspects of rotorcraft and will be held simultaneously in various conference rooms.

Session subjects will include: Acoustics, Engines & Propulsion, Aerodynamics, Flight Mechanics, Aircraft Design, Manufacturing, Aircraft Systems, Avionics, Operational Aspects, Sensors, Test & Evaluation, Airworthiness, Safety, Cost Reduction, Simulation & Training, Crew Station & Human Factors, Structures & Materials and Dynamics.

Social events & technical visits

The forum registration fee includes a welcome reception and the Forum banquet. A programme of sightseeing events for accompanying guests and technical visits for delegates to interesting places in the vicinity of the Forum location is also offered.

English is the official language for the Forum. There is no simultaneous translation during each session.

Best paper award

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 must also be taken into account. The selected paper is presented at the next Forum of the American Helicopter Society AHS.

The award consists of a plaque from the European Rotorcraft Forum and an honorarium that will pay for travel by one author from a point within Europe to the site of the AHS Forum. The Honorarium is provided by the subject national organizing committee. Complimentary registration and accommodations for the selected author are provided by the AHS.

The Padfield Award has been established to recognize the author(s) not older than 30 years of age who has/have prepared and presented the most significant technical paper as judged and selected by his/her peers. The award consists of a plaque from the European Rotorcraft Forum.


All registered participants to the ERF will receive a digital copy of all papers presented. Copies of earlier Forum papers can be ordered from the society, responsible for organising the subject event.


In order to allow: - member societies (on behalf of CEAS) to publish individual papers and/or conference proceedings and/or place papers on the internet.
- authors to have their papers published in one of CEAS Journals and to further use their own material in other publications, below CEAS copyright statement is applicable to each CEAS conference paper.

Copyright Statement

The author(s) confirm(s) that he/she/they, and / or their company or organisation, hold copyright on the original material included in the paper. The author(s) also confirm(s) that he/she/they has/have obtained permission, from the copyright holder of any third party material included in the in this paper, to publish it as part of their paper. The author(s) confirm(s) that he/she/they give permission, or have obtained permission from the copyright holder of this paper, for the publication and distribution of this paper as part of the CEAS conference proceedings, as individual off-prints from the proceedings and for inclusion in a freely accessible web-based repository.

Publication in CEAS aeronautics journal

The top 10 best papers, being selected on the basis of the paper rating (Cheeseman / Padfield award process) by the session chairs, will be proposed for publication in the CEAS journal. These papers will be peer reviewed by members of the CEAS Rotorcraft Committee, being subject matter experts in the field.

Members of the ERF International Committee
Prof C. L. Bottasso
Dept. of Aerospace Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, I-20156 Milano, Italy

Dr. Markiewicz
Dtsl Portsdown West, Portsdown Hill Road, Fareham, Hampshire PO17 6AD, UK

Mrs. B. Demaret
ONERA, BP 80100, Chemi de la Hunière F-91123 Palaiseau Cedex, France

Mr. F. Nannoni
Agusta S.p.A., Cascina Costa, I-21017 Samarate - Varese, Italy

Mr. T. Krysinski
Airbus Helicopters S.A.S.,
F-13725 Marignane Codex, France

Mr. K. Pahlke
DLR Program Directorate Aeronautics, Lilienthalplatz 7, D-38108 Braunschweig, Germany

Mr. J. Hakkaart
National Aerospace Laboratory NLR P.O. Box 90502, NL- 1006 BM Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Mr. A. Okhonko
JSC Russian Helicopters, Entrance 9,,
12 Krasnopresnenskaya emb., Moscow, RUSSIA

Mr. A. Irwin

Westland Helicopters Ltd., Yeovil, Somerset BA20 2YB, UK

Mr. P. Krämer
Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH,
Industriestraße 4,
D-86609 Donauwörth, Germany


Mr. R. Mirgazov

TsAGI, 1 Zhukovsky Street, Zhukovsky, Moscow Region, 140180, Russia

Prof. J. Narkiewicz

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


ERF Archive
Below you will find an overview of all Forums organized. Please contact the subject society if you would like to receive a specific papers.
#YearTownCountryOrganizing Society
101984The HagueNLNVvL
151989Amsterdam NLNVvL
262000The HagueNLNVvL
332007KazanRKazan Helicopters
372011Cascina CostaIAIDAA
392013Moscow RRussian Helicopters