Program

Two days of informative sessions

Experts from across the globe

This year’s Sustainable Aviation Symposium Program, Chaired by Dr. Brien Seeley, features renowned leaders from technology sectors relevant to the electric aviation movement.  Please join our faculty for cutting edge and visionary presentations on the sustainable transformation of aviation.

Day 1
21 Apr 2017

Sustainable Skies Keynote Lecture

Deriving from experience in the first 10 years of electric flight at Pipistrel, with its humble beginnings flying electric self-launching electric gliders, through to demonstrations of high-performance hybrid and hydrogen-powered...
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Dr. Tine Tomazic †

State of the Union for Electric Aircraft

The talk will focus on the structure, design and power for current and next generation aircraft, emphasizing what is practical now and what is possible in the near and long...
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Dean Sigler

150 Passenger Electric Airliner

Jeff Engler will speak about the unique opportunities presented by crowdsourced technology development for electric aviation.
Jeff Engler

On Wings of the Minimum Induced Drag

Understanding current wing technology ­gives us insight for possible improvement. In Applications of Modern Hydrodynamics to Aeronautics [Ludwig Prandtl, NACA Report 116, 1921] “…the wing system having the least drag...
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Al Bowers

The Sustainable Aviation Project: eFlight Everywhere

Abstract Joseph Oldham will present the Sustainable Aviation Project: eFlight Everywhere; the first deployment of production electric aircraft in commercial flight training service in the United States.  A joint effort...
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Joseph Oldham

ECO4: New Generation Hybrid-electric Four Place Aircraft

Optimized electric airframes can be combined with modern combustion engines generating electricity. In the case of the four place aircraft “ECO4”, this leads to an aircraft which cruises at 120...
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Ingmar Geiss

Polite Aircraft: Cooperative Behavior in Air Traffic

In an aerial community of autonomous vehicles, principles of politeness are a way to create the cooperation needed for safety and management while preserving individual freedom. Politeness is voluntary cooperation...
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Dr. Tyler MacCready

Unmanned Aerial System Traffic Management System (UTM) for Safely Enabling Low-altitude UAS operations

NASA is developing a system to safely enable low altitude unmanned aerial system (UAS) operations.  The system is referred to as UAS Traffic Management (UTM).  The UTM will safely enable...
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Dr. Parimal Kopardekar

Solar Power for Aircraft

There is a tremendous amount of interest in solar powered aircraft, whether manned trainers or unmanned tactical UAVs where solar provides range extension, or high-altitude long-endurance pseudo-satellites where solar is...
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Dr. Aarohi Vijh

Fast Morphing Wings and Prop Blades

Towards Bird-like Control of Thrust, Lift, Drag, Flare and Ride Quality Elastic design, or compliant, design, exploits the natural elasticity of materials, embracing deflection rather than avoiding it, to create...
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Dr. Sridhar Kota

The Ocean is Climate

The presentation will cover the crucial role of the ocean in the global climate system and the astonishing signals that it reveals. The ocean will be shown to be the...
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Dr. Kyle Van Houtan

Sensors and Autonomy in UAVs

This presentation follows the arc of UAV/drone development from backyard R/C toys to modern workhorses. The interplay of sensor capability and control automation is leading to technological convergence in the...
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Joe Mohos

ElectroDucts, Optimal Thrusters for Safe and Efficient V/ESTOL Sky Taxis

By: Joshua Portlock and Rob Bulaga Affiliation: Electro.Aero & Trek Aerospace, Inc. ElectroDucts are modular electric ducted fans poised to be a game changer in VTOL performance and smooth transition to efficient...
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Joshua Portlock
Day 2
22 Apr 2017

The Paul B. MacCready Lecture: Doing More with Much Less

Doing More with Much Less: Human Powered VTOL On June 13th, 2013, AeroVelo’s Atlas Human-Powered Helicopter captured the 33-year-outstanding AHS Sikorsky Prize. Cameron will chronicle the journey leading to this...
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Cameron Robertson
Todd Reichert

The Primacy of Noise or The Sustainable Aviation Challenge

There are no less than 7 promising start-up Sky Taxi companies in the Silicon Valley area. These include Zee Aero, Kitty Hawk, Airbus “A3”, Aurora Flight Sciences, Uber, eHang and...
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Dr. Brien Seeley

Treading Lightly: Low Horsepower Aircraft

Energy storage density limitations favor electric aircraft that can maintain level flight on very small amounts of horsepower (kW). The possible extremes of achievement in low-powered electric flight in personal...
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Brian Carpenter

Hermes™: High Energy Rechargeable Metal Cells for Space

In ancient Greek mythology, Hermes was the God of communication, the messenger of the Gods, connecting the heavens and the Earth. Today SolidEnergy has developed a high energy density rechargeable...
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Dr. Qichao Hu

Ultra Fast Battery Charging with Minimal Cycle Life Degradation

GBatteries developed a smart battery management system, which enables existing li-ion batteries to charge ultra fast with minimal degradation. The technology is designed to prevent damage to the cell in...
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Kostya Khomutov

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

Professor - University of Michigan

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

Todd Reichert

Kitty Hawk

Martin Albrecht

MT Propeller, Germany

Dr. Tine Tomazic †

Aircraft Designer, Pipistrel

Joshua Portlock

Founder - Electro.Aero

Dr. Aarohi Vijh

Staff Engineer - Alta Devices

Dr. Parimal Kopardekar

Senior Technologist - NASA

David Calley

Motor Designer, Planet Rider

Dr. Josef Kallo

Professor, DLR Germany

Dean Sigler

Editor-in-Chief, SustainableSkies.org

Dr. Brien Seeley

President, SA Foundation

† denotes a PADA Trophy Winner