The European Rotorcraft Forum (ERF) 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.

This Forum will be the 49th in a series of meetings, which take 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, and the most recent in Winterhur (Switzerland) in 2022.

The 49th European Rotorcraft Forum will be organised by the DGLR in Bückeburg (Lower Saxony), Germany.

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:

  • Acoustics
  • Aerodynamics
  • Aircraft Design
  • Aircraft Systems, Avionics & Sensors
  • Airworthiness
  • Cost Reduction
  • Crew Station & Human Factors
  • Dynamics
  • Engines & Propulsion (incl. electric propulsion)
  • Flight Mechanics
  • History of Rotorcraft
  • Manufacturing
  • Operational Aspects
  • Safety
  • Simulation & Training
  • Structures & Materials
  • Test & Evaluation
  • Unmanned Rotorcraft
  • Urban Air Mobility

Submission of Abstracts

Abstracts should be submitted online at the Forum website at

The website offers the possibility to directly upload the author’s contribution. 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. 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.


Best Paper Award: The best paper will be selected as the Ian Cheeseman Award Paper for presentation at the 79th American Helicopter Society Annual Forum, 2024. The author(s) not older than 30 years of age with the best paper in this age-group will receive the Padfield Award.

Chairman‘s Award: The best paper with a focus on International Cooperation showing a high level of interaction between the international partners will receive the Chairman’s Award. The winner will be invited to present the winning paper at the Asian/Australian Rotorcraft Forum (ARF).

Forum Language

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

Social Events | Technical Visit

The forum registration fee will include a welcome reception and the Forum banquet (except for reduced registration rates).

A technical visit of the International Helicopter Training Center (close to Bückeburg) on Friday, 8th September 2023, will be offered.

Further information will follow soon.

Key Dates & Deadlines

Abstract submission open
Submission of abstract deadline
Notification to authors
Programme & registration forms available
Submission of final paper deadline

January 2023
18 February 2023
31 March 2023
20 May 2023
11 August 2023


Bückeburg is a town in lower saxony, located near the state capital of Hanover and surrounded by large natural areas such as the Schaumburg forest and the Weser mountains.

Bückeburg is a traditional location in the history of German helicopters and is now home to the International Helicopter Training Center of the German Army Air Forces.

In addition, Europe‘s largest helicopter museum, the Bückeburg Helicopter Museum, offers one of the world‘s largest and most impressive collection of helicopters.

International Committee

Mr. L. Medici*
via Agusta, Cascina Costa, 21017 Samarate - Varese, ITALY

Mr. A. Le Pape
Chemin de la Huniere, 91761 Palaiseau Cedex, FRANCE

Mr. R. Heger
Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH
Industriestraße 4-6, 86607 Donauwörth, Germany

Mrs. B. Ohlenforst*
National Aerospace Laboratory
P.O. Box 90502, 1006 BM Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS

Mr. A. Irwin
Lysander Road, Yeovil, Somerset BA20 2YB, UK

Mr. T. Krysinski*
Airbus Helicopters
13725 Marignane Cedex, FRANCE

Mr. S. Gates*
Aerospace Technology Institute
Martell House, University Way, Cranfield. MK43 0TR, UK

Prof. P. Masarati
Dept. of Aerospace Science and Technology,
Politecnico di Milano, I-20156 Milano, ITALY

Prof. S. Topczewski*
Warsaw University of Technology
Warsaw, POLAND

*Country Representative

Correspondence & Enquiries

For more information please contact the Forum Organisation:

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Luft- und Raumfahrt –
Lilienthal-Oberth e.V.

Godesberger Allee 70
53175 Bonn, GERMANY

Tel.: +49 228-30805-0
Fax.: +49 228-30805-24

or the Programme Committee Chairman:

Dr. Klausdieter Pahlke
DLR - German Aerospace Center

Lilienthalplatz 7
38108 Braunschweig, GERMANY

Tel.: +49 531 295 3270

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