The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation will hold its third annual Lindbergh Foundation Day and Aviation Green Alliance Forums on Thursday, March 29, at Sun ’n Fun in Lakeland, Florida. A series of hour-long forums and panel discussions will be held at the Central Florida Aerospace Academy starting at 9 a.m.
“This full day of forums will highlight exciting developments where aviation and the environment intersect, as well as provide an historical retrospective of where we’ve come from, and what lies ahead in the future of aviation,” said Lindbergh Foundation Board member and forum organizer John Petersen. “We are especially pleased that 2012 Lindbergh Award Recipient, Dr. Forrest Bird, and Erik Lindbergh will be joining us as featured presenters for this year’s program.”
“The topics covered this year are at the very core of the Lindbergh Foundation’s desire to encourage solutions, acknowledge progress and communicate ideas that affect general aviation,” observed Erik Lindbergh, who will offer a review of the fast-developing world of electric flight. “My grandparents would have been intrigued to have heard these lively and informative sessions, all of which address aspects of the past, present, and future of aviation.”
Later that day, the Lindbergh Foundation will be holding its 35th Annual Awards ceremony at nearby Fantasy of Flight, honoring Dr. Forrest Bird as 2012 Lindbergh Awardee, and James Ray as this year’s Spirit Award winner.
“This is a particularly significant year for the foundation,” noted Chairman Larry Williams. “We are celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Lindbergh Foundation, as well as the 85th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s New York-to-Paris flight. Our board, staff and supporters congratulate these accomplished gentlemen in joining a distinguished list of Lindbergh awardees.”
The “Lindbergh Foundation Day” program schedule includes:
9 a.m. FORUM 1: Will You be Flying in 2022? Half of GA will be Grounded; presented by: Rj Siegel, CEO, LoPresti Aviation Engineering;
10 a.m. FORUM 2: The Future of Aviation: A Futurist Looks Toward the Horizon presented by: John Petersen, Founder, The Arlington Institute;
11 a.m. FORUM 3: Making Flying Environmentally Friendly: A Review of 35 Years of Progress, a roundtable review presented by Lindbergh Foundation Directors Larry Williams, Board Chairman, (CEO, BRS Aerospace) and David Treinis, Vice Chairman, Lindbergh Foundation (aviation industry consultant);
12 p.m. FORUM 4: From Aircraft Oxygen Systems to Infant Ventilators presented by: Dr. Forrest Bird, Veteran Pilot and Pioneer of the Respirator Industry, member of Inventors Hall of Fame;
1 p.m. FORUM 5: Electric Airplanes: What’s Happened, What is Coming, presented by: Erik Lindbergh, LEAP Electric Flight Program, and EADA (Electric Aircraft Development Alliance).
LEAP‘s mission is to stimulate innovation for a resilient future. LEAP accomplishes its mission through two programs: the LEAP Electric Flight Program and the LEAP Education Program. Inspired by the legacy and determination of Erik’s grandfather Charles Lindbergh, the X PRIZE Foundation and pioneers throughout history, LEAP was founded to accelerate a new era in aviation and stimulate the ingenuity of modern innovators. LEAP does this through video showcasing, international events, prize philanthropy and its education nonprofit.
EADA’s mission is to advance the development of electric flight by promoting and facilitating the safety, interests and activities of electric aviation. EADA is an organization supported by an international alliance of electric flight stakeholders — from kitplane manufacturers to multinational corporations, from pilots to engineers, to students, from amateurs to professionals.
For more information: ElectricFlight.net
The Lindbergh Foundation is a nonprofit organization, based in Anoka, Minnesota, that focuses on technological breakthroughs to address aviation-environmental issues. The Lindbergh Foundation also values individual initiative and accomplishments. Its programs are devoted to supporting, honoring, and educating individuals, through three major programs: the annual Lindbergh Award, presented to individuals for significant contributions toward balancing nature and scientific innovation in their work; the Lindbergh Grants program, which provides grants in amounts up to $10,580 (the cost of building the Spirit of St. Louis in 1927) for research or education projects that will make important contributions to the technology/environment balance; and a variety of educational events including the new Aviation Green Alliance. For more information: LindberghFoundation.org
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