International Powered Lift Conference (IPLC) 2023

F-35B Landing on USS WaspThe International Powered Lift Conference (IPLC) focuses on the latest developments in vertical and/or short takeoff and landing (V/STOL) aircraft research, concepts and programs. 

IPLC, which was first held 30 years ago, is a joint technical meeting, cosponsored by the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA), the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), SAE International and VFS. AIAA is the host organization this year, and will incorporate IPLC into its AVIATION 2023 FORUM in San Diego, California, and online, June 12-16, 2023. 

Abstract deadline is Nov. 10

IPLC is the only cosponsored event focused on the promise and progress of manned and unmanned powered lift systems, ranging from nano-scale drones through powered-lift aircraft. It is the premier event for engineers, technologists, and executives to discuss developments in Vertical and/or Short Take-Off and Landing (V/STOL), including fully electrical V/STOL (eV/STOL), aircraft research, design, and developmental projects.

Technical papers are solicited for advancements in the arts, sciences, and technologies that apply to the design and operation of V/STOL and eV/STOL aircraft systems, including lift systems, attitude control systems, airframe configurations, subsystems, handling qualities and safety, navigation and air traffic control, noise and pollution suppression, ground handling, and ground time minimization.

Topics for the 2023 IPLC include:

  • Breaking Developments in V/STOL-Enabling Sciences and Technologies
  • Convertiplane (Tiltrotor, Tiltwing, and Stopped Rotor) Concepts and Design
  • Fan-Lift and Jet-Lift Systems Design and Fixed-Wing Aircraft Integration
  • Heavy through Ultra-Heavy Lift V/STOL Transport Aircraft Design (>20,000 kg payload capability)
  • Rotorcraft Lift-Compounding and Thrust-Compounding Systems Design and Vehicle Integration
  • Single- and Multi-Rotor Drone Systems Design and Vehicle Integration
  • Current and Historical V/STOL Aircraft Technology Overviews and Project/Program Updates
  • Other Topics in V/STOL Aircraft Systems

Authors of accepted abstracts are committing to provide both a manuscript for the conference proceedings and a 20-minute presentation. The author will brief the manuscript's content for approximately 15 minutes, and address questions from the audience for the remaining time.

Abstracts will be evaluated by qualified individuals from industry, academia, and government for relevance, originality, clarity, and conciseness of the proposed technical paper. Abstracts, including figures and references, should not exceed 5 pages in length; any content beyond 5 pages will not be considered. Further information and resources may be found at the AVIATION 2023 Call for Papers.

Abstracts intended for the IPLC are to be submitted under the category 'V/STOL Aircraft Systems' in the AVIATION Abstract Submittal website.

Important Dates

  • Abstract Submittal Deadline: 10 November 2022, 8:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST)
  • Author Notification: On or about 10 February 2023
  • Manuscript/Presentation Video Deadline: 3 May 2023, 8:00 Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

Updated Sept. 26, 2022