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More speakers confirmed for Electric Aircraft Symposium

Three dozen of the world’s leading electric aircraft developers and technology experts will be speaking at the Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency (CAFE) Foundation’s 14th annual Electric Aircraft Symposium (EAS), which will be held online for the first time on July 28-30, 2020.

ESAero X-57 Maxwell
ESAero, which is working with NASA on X-57 Maxwell experimental electric airplane, joins eVTOL.com as a gold sponsor of the 14th Electric Aircraft Symposium. NASA Image

The CAFE Foundation is once again partnering with the Vertical Flight Society (VFS) on the event, with eVTOL.com and ESAero confirmed as gold sponsors.

“The electric-powered aircraft industry is gaining momentum and the Symposium provides an opportunity to get a comprehensive brief on the state of the industry and hear from the industry’s thought leaders,” stated Yolanka Wulff, executive director of the nonprofit CAFE Foundation, in a press release. “In 2007, CAFE Foundation organized the world’s first Electric Aircraft Symposium to address emerging interest in electric propulsion, along with energy and climate issues. These meetings helped create the growing industry you see today.”

EAS is usually held in conjunction with the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, but EAS moved to a virtual format when AirVenture was cancelled.

“The Vertical Flight Society joined forces with the CAFE Foundation in 2018 to co-host the Electric Aircraft Symposium because we recognized that the electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) and conventional takeoff and landing (eCTOL) communities could learn a lot from each other,” said Michael Hirschberg, executive director of VFS. “For example, distributed electric propulsion is a common element in most of these revolutionary electric-powered aircraft designs.” 

This year’s EAS will present 36 industry experts from a dozen countries participating in 12 in-depth panel discussions covering the full spectrum of topics including electric aircraft configurations, propulsion systems, community integration, market segments, testing and certification, as well as emerging regional markets.

Participating organizations include Airflow.aero, Ampaire, BAE Systems, Bye Aerospace, Canadian Air Mobility, CAMI, e-Flight Journal/Flying Pages, Electra.aero, elFly, ES Aero, Eviation (invited), Georgia Tech (invited), Honeywell, HyPoint, Inc., Joby Aviation (invited), MAGicAll (invited), magniX, MetroHop, NASA, NEXA, Pipistrel, Rolls-Royce, Radius Capital, Sabrewing, Swedish Aviation Industry Group, UC Berkeley, USAF Agility Prime, VerdeGo Aero (invited), VoltAero and ZeroAvia.

Day 1 (Tuesday, July 28) features an industry overview and in-depth sessions on Commuter/Regional Air Services; Urban Air Mobility; and UAM Community Integration, and will include presentations by aircraft manufacturers, Tier 1 suppliers, academics, consultants, industry organizations and the U.S. Air Force.

Day 2 (Wednesday, July 29) will focus on Regional Markets (Scandinavia and Cascadia/U.S. Pacific Northwest & British Columbia); Hybrid Electric Propulsion Systems; Testing and Certification; and Electric Short Takeoff and Landing (eSTOL) Aircraft Technology and Infrastructure.

Day 3 (Thursday, July 30) will focus on Electric Motor Technology; Hydrogen Fuel Cell Energy Systems; Market Dynamics; and Electric Propulsion Systems.

The four sessions on Day 1 can be viewed for free. The next eight in-depth sessions on Day 2 and Day 3 cost $75 per day to attend, or $125 for a two-day package ($40 per day for students). eVTOL.com is offering three need-based mini-scholarships to the event, with applications due by July 17 (find more details here).

Registration for the 14th Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium can be found at the Vertical Flight Society’s event registration website at vtol.org/eas.

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