Nearly 60 of the world’s electric aircraft developers and technology experts are slated to speak at the world’s longest-running electric flight conference.
The CAFE Foundation’s 15th Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium (EAS) will be held online July 20-22, 2021. Registration information and details are available at www.vtol.org/eas. The first day of the symposium is free, while the other two days are $80 each or $140 for both.
“The electric-powered aircraft industry continues to attract unprecedented investment despite the COVID-19 pandemic as the world embraces zero emission transportation during the economic recovery,” said Yolanka Wulff, executive director of the non-profit Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency (CAFE) Foundation. “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. Next week’s symposium will provide a comprehensive industry update on all facets of this expanding industry.”
“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 electric conventional takeoff and landing (eCTOL) communities could benefit a lot from each other,” said Mike Hirschberg, VFS executive director. “VFS has been actively supporting what we call the Electric VTOL Revolution since 2014, with incredible advancements by our members over those years.”
VFS created the world’s first eVTOL website — www.eVTOL.news — in 2017. The site’s World eVTOL Aircraft Directory now has dossiers on more than 480 eVTOL aircraft concepts — compared to 300 aircraft cataloged a year ago — representing more than 250 different designers and innovators.
This year’s symposium will present 18 panel discussions covering a spectrum of topics, including global developments, electric aircraft configurations, propulsion systems, community integration, market segments, testing and certification, as well as emerging regional markets. The symposium’s website is electricaircraftsymposium.org.
The nearly 60 experts are from a dozen countries, representing AeroTEC, Airflow.aero, Ampaire, BACE, Beta Technologies, Black & Veatch, Bye Aerospace, CAE, Community Air Mobility Initiative (CAMI), e-Flight Journal/Flying Pages, Electra.aero, Electro Aero, Electric Power Systems (EPS), FA), Flying Ship, General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), Georgia Tech, Happy Takeoff, Harbour Air, HMMH, Hyundai Air Mobility, International Vehicle Research, Jump Aero, Lindbergh Foundation, National Aeronautic Association (NAA), NEXA Advisors, Pipistrel, REGENT, Regional Airline Association (RAA), Rolls-Royce, Sabrewing, SAMAD Aerospace, Skyports, Sustainable Aviation Project, Swanson Aviation, Tier One Engineering, University of California Berkeley, US Air Force’s Agility Prime, Volocopter, VerdeGo Aero, Universal Hydrogen, VoltAero, Vertical Flight Society, Wisk, and Xwing.
Day 1 (July 20) features an Overview of Global Electric Aircraft Developments and in-depth sessions on Regional Air Mobility (RAM); Conversions and Supplemental Type Certifications (STC), Electric Aircraft for Public Services and Defense, and Community Integration, and will include presentations by aircraft manufacturers, Tier 1 suppliers, academics, consultants, industry organizations and the US Air Force.
Day 2 (July 21) focuses on Advanced Air Mobility Competitions, Integrating Hydrogen as a Propulsion Source, Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Business Cases, Coastal Community Use Cases, Regional eCTOL/eSTOL, and Electric Aircraft Certification.
Day 3 (July 22) covers Workforce & Diversity, Electric Motors & Systems, Batteries, Vertiports & General Aviation Airports, Cargo, and the Pilot Pipeline.
The 36-year old CAFE Foundation hosted the first electric aircraft symposium in North America in 2007. In 2011, the foundation managed NASA’s Green Flight Challenge, which was funded by Google. This $1.35 million prize was awarded to Pipistrel USA for its four-seat, electric-powered aircraft, the Taurus G4, which flew nearly 200 miles non-stop, while achieving 403.5 passenger-MPG. Its efficiency was more than twice that of the piston-powered aircraft in the competition, officials noted.