May 11-12 2018 in San Francisco
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Outstanding Global Faculty
New Aircraft, Motors & Batteries, UAS & Autonomy, Urban Planning, and more...
Meet The Speakers

VTOLS, ESTOLs and the Future of Sky Transit

How can aviation make human life better?

As practitioners from industry, research and startups, how can we broadly apply the mandate of sustainability to aviation, in terms of climate, energy, inclusion, and global access?

SA Symposium 2018 will convene experts and visionaries in

    • eFlight & Aeronautics
    • Sky Transit Initiatives
    • Batteries and Motors
    • Breakthroughs in Polite, Autonomous Aircraft
    • Urban Planning for On-demand Aviation
    • Ultra-quiet Propeller Science

To discuss our shared contribution to the future of aviation. Please join us at the meeting place for visionaries and practitioners committed to meeting this challenge.

“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

SAS is a great way to keep my finger on the pulse on the latest aerospace innovation and an opportunity to connect with and meet the big dreamers and doers in person.

Beth Stanton, EAA Sport Aviation

2018 Presenters

Greg Cole

Aircraft Designer - Windward Performance

Dr. Jasenka Rakas

Deputy Director, UC Berkeley NEXTOR II

Ed De Reyes

CEO - Sabrewing Aircraft Company

Mike Hirschberg

Executive Director - AHS

Dana Lodico

Senior consultant - Illingworth & Rodkin

Derek Lisoski


Dr. Daniel Sperling

Professor and Founding Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies - UC Davis

Neil Cloughley

Managing Director - Faradair Aerospace Limited

Todd Litman

Founder and Executive Director, Victoria Transport Policy Institute

Dr. Kenneth Brentner

Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Penn State University

Alissa Walker

Urbanism Editor -

Richard Wang

CEO/Co-Founder, Cuberg

David Calley

Motor Designer, Planet Rider

Dr. Tine Tomazic †

Aircraft Designer, Pipistrel

Dr. Aarohi Vijh

Staff Engineer - Alta Devices

Boris Popov †

Founder - BRS Aviation

Dr. Josef Kallo

Professor, DLR Germany

Dean Sigler


J. Philip Barnes

Technical Fellow, Pelican Aero Group

Dr. Brien Seeley

Program Chair, President - SA Foundation

† denotes a PADA Trophy Winner

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Recent News

Hydrogen eFlight at SAS 2018

SAS 2018 will again feature the latest in hybrid eFlight initiatives: Joseph Kallor from DLR will discuss “Progress on the HY4 Hydrogen-Fuel-Cell-Driven Passenger Aircraft”  Check out the video below on amazing progress on HY4. Tine Tomazic of Pipistrel will discuss “MAHEPA, Modular Hybrid Propulsion Solutions” and implications for Urban Air Mobility. Check out the SustainableSkies post on this topic. Join...
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Urban Planning for VTOLs, ESTOLs and Sky Transit

SA Foundation is pleased to announce the first-ever panel discussion on Urban Planning for Sky Transit, featured at the 2018 Sustainable Aviation Symposium on May 11-12. At this year’s symposium we ask “How can we make electric aviation broadly accessible and of meaningful scale, in terms of climate change, renewable energy, urban communities, and global markets?” As a part of...
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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

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