More than 40 of the world’s leading electric aircraft developers and technology experts will be speaking at the 16th annual Electric Aircraft Symposium (EAS), hosted by the Vertical Flight Society (VFS). The event will once again be held in person and online in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, from July 23 to 24 — the weekend before to the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture 2022.
EAS is the world’s longest-running electric aviation technology meeting. After two years of virtual-only programming, EAS will return with a hybrid event at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh campus (at the Culver Family Welcome Center) and online.
“The electric-powered aircraft industry is gaining momentum with investments topping $10 billion in the past five years,” said Mike Hirschberg, executive director of VFS. “EAS provides an opportunity to get comprehensive updates on the state of the industry and hear from the industry’s leading thought leaders.”
The program will run from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CDT both days, with seven sessions a day. Each moderated panel session will include a Q&A discussion with presenters and attendees — a hallmark of the annual Electric Aircraft Symposium.
The development of innovative battery-electric, hybrid-electric and hydrogen-electric propulsion systems coupled with eVTOL, eSTOL, and eCTOL aircraft designs promises to significantly reduce air transportation costs and enable new advanced air mobility (AAM) markets, while helping the aviation industry achieve its ambitious sustainability goals.
Many of the companies now on the forefront of the electric aviation revolution made their public debut at the Electric Aircraft Symposium or the VFS Electric VTOL Symposium, which has been held annually since 2014.
“In 2007, the CAFE Foundation organized the world’s first Electric Aircraft Symposium to address emerging interest in electric propulsion, along with energy and climate issues,” said Yolanka Wulff, executive director of the Community Air Mobility Initiative (CAMI). “These meetings helped create the growing industry you see today.”
“The Vertical Flight Society began sponsoring EAS in 2018 because we recognized the vertical and horizonal take-off and landing aircraft communities could benefit tremendously from each other,” Hirschberg added. “For example, distributed electric propulsion (DEP) is a common element in most of these revolutionary electric-powered aircraft designs, and they face similar technology and certification challenges.”
This year’s EAS will present more than 40 experts from industry, academia and government, participating in 14 in-depth panel discussions covering the full spectrum of topics, including electric aircraft configurations, propulsion systems, community integration, demand forecasting, autonomy, vertiports, noise, urban operations, training, AAM competitions, cargo, hydrogen propulsion, certification, regional air mobility and defense/public services.
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