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Forum Organisation Executive Secretary


6 rue Galilée, 75116 Paris, France
Phone: +33 (0)1 56 64 12 30, Fax: +33 (0)1 56 64 12 31

Executive Secretary 3AF
Phone: +33 (0)1 56 64 12 30

Organizing Committee



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This event is sponsorized by the Region Hauts-de-France

The Hauts-de-France Regional Council is the name given to the deliberative assembly of the Hauts-de-France Region.
The Hauts-de-France Regional Council, created by the law on the delimitation of regions, regional and departmental elections and amending the electoral calendar of 16 January 2015 with effect from 1 January 2016, is the result of the merger of the councils of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Picardie regions.

It was called Regional Council of Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie before the vote of the regional councilors on March 14, 2016 on the name of the new region, after consulting the high school students and apprentices. However, this new name had to be confirmed by the French Government and the Council of State by decree of 28 September 2016.
Lille is the capital of the new Hauts-de-France Region. This choice was made final by a decree issued by the Council of State on 28 September 2016.





Teaching and Research are at the core of Centrale Lille Missions :

  • Centrale Lille trains responsible engineers and doctoral students to be fully aware of the role they have to play in society, for the world of tomorrow :
    Three engineering training programmes, eight master’s degrees including three international programmes, 1 PhD programme, 5 research laboratories, 3 endowed Chairs. For more than 160 years, Centrale Lille has been training high-level engineers and researchers. The ambition of Centrale Lille is to develop skills and assist all students in cultivating their individual talents.
  • From fundamental to applied research and innovation, Centrale Lille follows a high quality scientific policy in perfect harmony with the European strategic approaches implemented by the Horizon 2020 programme.
    Thanks to its five research laboratories and the researchers team working there, Centrale Lille makes advances a wide variety of scientific fields and aims to develop innovatory approaches in collaboration with industrial partners. In 2014, Centrale Lille registered 10 patent families.
    Centrale Lille also contributes to the training of researchers offering 5 Research Masters programs both to its ownstudent engineers and to students recruited abroad.

At Centrale Lille, research is conducted in several main fields:

  • Nanotechnologies, Micro-technologies, Optroelectronics
  • Mechanics, Civil engineering

  • Electronics, Electrotechnics
  • Information processing, Acoustics
  • Automatic control, Robotics
  • Complex systems Engineering
  • Catalytic Processes Engineering
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ONERA is the French aerospace and defense research center. Under the supervision of the French Ministry of Defense, it is a public institution that employs around 2,000 people distributedbetween 8 sites in France. ONERA is atypical, which is its strength and what makes itessential in its sector.

• It works for both the state and industry. Its business model is based on around 50% of contractual activities.

• It conducts fundamental and applied research. Its low TRL work enables it to master the complexity of the issues and thereby remove technological barriers encountered by its partners.

• It conducts experimental and numerical tests. It thus has a set of experimental resources and large strategic wind tunnels for defense and industry. In addition, it develops its own simulation and calculation software, which it uses or shares.

• It gathers all of the skills necessary for the aerospace field. Its 1,500 researchers, 13% of which are doctoral students, thus take on transversal problems.

ONERA contributes to the greatest achievements in the field: the Ariane and Airbus ranges (aircraft and helicopters), the Rafale, Dassault Aviation’s Falcons, the strategic or tactical defense systems (ASMP-A, M51, SCALP, etc.), the Graves space surveillance radar, the Very Large Telescope, etc.Since 2007, it is a Carnot institute, which bears testimony to its commitment to promote joint research between public laboratories and companies.

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Airbus Helicopters is a division of Airbus Group. The company provides the most efficient civil and military helicopter solutions to its customers who serve, protect, save lives and safely carry passengers in highly demanding environments. Flying more than 3 million flight hours per year, the company’s in-service fleet includes some 12,000 helicopters operated by more than 3,000 customers in 152 countries. Airbus Helicopters employs more than 23,000 people worldwide and in 2014 generated revenues of 6.5 billion Euros. In line with the company’s new identity, fully integrated into Airbus Group, Airbus Helicopters has renamed its product range replacing the former “EC” designation with an “H”.



Support the 42nd European Rotorcraft Forum and promote your organization to a high level audience.

  • Be seen as an active participant in global, political and technical discussions
  • Confirm your strategy in determining the course for the future
  • Promote your organization, its products and programmes to a distinguished, high-level audience.
  • Receive recognition as a Conference sponsor in all Conference promotional material.
  • Network with attendees, many of whom are decision-makers in the industry.
  • Get a free space to exhibit (if applicable in package).

For more information on the various sponsorship packages and advantages, please contact:

3AF Executive Secretariat
6, Rue Galilée – 75116 PARIS (FRANCE)


Phone: +33 (0)1 56 64 12 30, Fax: +33 (0)1 56 64 12 31



Be aware that the weekend before ERF2016 held “La Braderie de Lille” a significant event that brings a lot of people in the hotels of the city.

We recommend to make your reservation as soon as possible.

In order to enhance your stay  in Lille, we negotiated special rates in several hotels.




Please click on the logo to access the dedicated reservation website:

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Call for Papers


Submission of final paper deadline is postponed on July 18th 



NEW ! Extended from Call for Papers

The International Committee invites prospective authors to submit abstracts of papers for presentation at the Forum. As in previous years, the Forum sessions will cover typical aspects of rotorcraft and will be held simultaneously in various conference rooms.
Session subjects will include:

  1. Acoustics
  2. Aerodynamics
  3. Aircraft Design
  4. Aircraft Systems
  5. Avionics & Sensors
  6. Airworthiness
  7. Cost Reduction
  8. Crew Station & Human Factors
  9. Dynamics
  10. Cybersecurity for Helicopters Operations
  11. Engines & Propulsion
  12. Flight Mechanics
  13. Manufacturing
  14. Operational Aspects
  15. Safety
  16. Simulation & Training
  17. Structures & Materials
  18. Test & Evaluation
  19. HUMS & Maintenance

At the 42nd ERF the International Committee is encouraging in particular the submission of papers on all aspects of innovative concepts, materials for safety and active devices, and flight and crew safety.

Additionally, abstracts on HUMS and Maintenance topics as well as Cybersecurity specifically applied to Rotorcraft systems or operations are encouraged by the ERF International Committee and Organisation Committee.

Abstracts should be submitted online at the Forum website, which offers the possibility to directly upload the author’s contribution upon procedure opening.

The abstract, in English with a length between 500 and 1000 words, has to be a Portable Document File (pdf). The file must not exceed 750 kbyte. The online mask requests additional information from the author, like keywords, new or significant aspects of their work and the assignment of the paper to one of the session subjects. It is intended to print the abstracts of the selected papers for distribution during the Forum.

After successful online submission the author will receive an automatically generated E-mail.

In case of questions, do not hesitate to contact the Forum Organisation.

Forum organisation will apply the rule: “no paper no show”.

If a clearance is needed, the Author is responsible to insure the authorisation before submitting the full paper.

Key Dates & Deadlines

Submission of abstract deadline March 4, 2016
Notification to authors April 18, 2016
Preliminary Programme & Registration opening May 13,  2016
Submission of final paper deadline July 18, 2016

Guidelines to authors

If your paper is selected to be in the Conference Programme, please be aware of the specific requests in order to prepare your final paper.

Please download the GUIDELINES FOR AUTHORS

Best Paper

The best paper will be selected as the Ian Cheeseman Award Paper for presentation at the 73rd American Helicopter Society Annual Forum, 2017.

The author(s), not older than 30 years of age with the best paper in this age-group, will receive the Padfield Award.

Copyright Statement

The authors confirm that they, and/or their company or organization, hold copyright on all of the original material included in this paper. 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 paper. The authors confirm that 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 ERF proceedings or as individual offprints from the proceedings and for inclusion in a freely accessible web-based repository.


English will be the official language at the Forum. There will be no simultaneous translation.