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SA Symposium 2017 is bringing together the best minds in Electric, Autonomous, & Solar Flight to shape the future of aviation.

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On April 21-22 2017 the best minds in Electric, Autonomous, & Solar Flight will gather to discuss critical technologies for the future of aviation. Whether your interest is industrial-scale aerospace or garage-scale aero startups, this a meeting you can’t miss.

In the last year our community has seen several startups and technology announcements in the personal and autonomous transit space, putting on-demand air vehicles on pace to rival the self-driving car as a critical transportation platform. SAS 2017 will be the inflection point for V/ESTOL aircraft as an industry that can radically change our communities, economies and our environment.

Cameron Robertson and Todd Reichert of Kitty Hawk Aircraft will deliver the 2nd Annual Honorary Paul B. MacCready Lecture on doing more with much less.

Renowned electric aircraft designer Tine Tomazic of Pipistrel will deliver the Inaugural Sustainable Aviation Keynote Lecture.

Join us at SA Symposium 2017to help shape the future of aviation!

“SA Symposium is a unique opportunity for visionaries, innovators, enthusiasts and authorities to connect, share ideas backed by experience, and discover new technological frontiers of flight.”

Dr. Tine Tomazic, Aircraft Designer, Pipistrel

“Why is Siemens working on an electric aircraft platform? Because we see the future and it is electric. Not just on the ground but in the air!” (SA Symposium 2016 Presenter)

Dr. Frank Anton, Siemens eAircraft

2017 Presenters

Dr. Carl Schaefer

Program Manager, Aurora Flight Sciences XV-24A

André Borschberg

CEO and cofounder of Solar Impulse S.A.

Kostya Khomutov

Chief Strategy Officer - GBatteries

Joe Mohos

Technical Fellow - Aerovironment

Dr. Qichao Hu

Founder & CEO - SolidEnergy Systems

Brian Carpenter

Rainbow Aviation

Dr. Kyle Van Houtan

Director of Science - Monterey Bay Aquarium

Dr. Sridhar Kota

CEO - FlexSys Inc

Ingmar Geiss

Deputy Project Manager, e-Genius, Institute of Aircraft Design

Joseph Oldham

Director, San Joaquin Valley Clean Transportation Center

Al Bowers

Chief Scientist, NASA

Jeff Engler

Wright Aviation

Martin Albrecht

MT Propeller, Germany

Dr. Tine Tomazic †

Aircraft Designer, Pipistrel

Joshua Portlock

Chairman & Founder - Electro.Aero

Wayne Cook

Director - Sustainable Aviation Foundation

Dr. Aarohi Vijh

Staff Engineer - Alta Devices

Dr. Parimal Kopardekar

Senior Technologist - NASA

Dr. Josef Kallo

Professor, DLR Germany

Dean Sigler

Editor-in-Chief, SustainableSkies.org

Dr. Brien Seeley

President, SA Foundation

† denotes a PADA Trophy Winner

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SA Symposium 2017 is bringing together the best minds in Electric, Autonomous, & Solar Flight to discuss the critical technologies and systems for the future of aviation. Whether your interest is industrial-scale aerospace or garage-scale aero startups, this a meeting you can’t miss. Among our renowned faculty are: André Borschberg of Solar Impulse Todd Reichert and Cameron Robertson of Kitty...
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Friday Theme Dinners

SAS will again feature Friday evening Theme Dinners with three engaging topics to choose from. Please join us on Friday 4/21 for lively discussion. These dinners are a great opportunity to connect with speakers and leaders in the field.

Theme Dinner Topics:

  • Aeronautics – Airframe, Performance, Autonomous Systems
  • Energy – Batteries, Fuel Cells & Hydrogen, Lightweight Solar for Aviation
  • Motors – Wheel Motors, Prop Motors, Fast Actuators

Theme Dinner Speakers

Star Simpson

Co-Founder - Corvidair

Willi Tacke

Founder and Program Chair - e-Flight Expo

Dr. Qichao Hu

Founder & CEO - SolidEnergy Systems

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Photos from SA Symposium 2016

Countdown to SA Symposium 2017

SA Symposium 2017 Program

Day 1
21 Apr 2017
Day 2
22 Apr 2017
07:15 - 08:00

Registration & Breakfast

Dr. Brien Seeley
10:05 - 10:25

Break

12:10 - 13:00

Lunch

Dr. Kyle Van Houtan
15:30 - 15:50

Break

17:50 - 18:45

Cocktail Hour

18:45 - 21:30

Theme Dinners

Dr. Qichao Hu

Images from Past SA Symposium Presenters