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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh RSS Feed Electric Flight Symposium Returns in 2012, Highlighting Future Visions and Breakthrough Technologies

The Electric Flight Symposium returns to EAA AirVenture 2012 on Thursday, July 26, and Friday, July 27 - bringing together experts in the field of electric flight to discuss the vision for the future as well as breakthrough technologies.

The Electric Flight Symposium is presented by EAA, AeroInnovate, and the Lindbergh Foundation's Aviation Green Alliance and Electric Aircraft Development Alliance.

Open and free to AirVenture attendees, all Symposium forums will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days at Innovation Hangar - North (formerly the Children's Activity Hangar) located on the north end of Wittman Road. Registration is not required to attend the Symposium this year.

Interactive forums on Thursday will center on "future visions," while "breakthrough technologies" will be the focus of Friday's forums, which will include a new Ignite Presentation during which electric aircraft innovators will present brief descriptions of their latest technologies.

Highlights include:

  • Michael Dudley from the NASA Aeronautics Research Institute will describe NASA's program to make deliberate investments in innovative, early stage and potentially revolutionary aviation concepts and technologies.
  • Dr. Donald Hillebrand from Argonne National Labs will speak about bringing the costs of electric vehicle technology and components into parity with fossil fuel powered vehicles and deliver an insider’s report on electric battery development.
  • Dr. Mark Maybury will share his unique perspective on the future of flight as the Chief Scientist of the Air Force.
  • NASA Innovator and Puffin designer, Mark Moore will bring the audience into the future of wind energy and personal air vehicles.
  • Electric motorcycle pioneer Chip Yates will share his plans for the Flight of the Century - using today’s technology to retrace Charles Lindbergh’s historic 1927 New York to Paris flight in an electric aircraft.
  • Alexander Zossel of e-Volo (Lindbergh Prize winner at Aero 2012) will electrify the audience with a never before seen animated James Bond action video featuring a volocopter.
  • Robert Araujo from Sikorsky will speak about sustainable manufacturing and green technology initiatives.
  • John McGinnis of Synergy Aircraft will describe his successful kickstarter campaign and the Synergy’s unique double box tail.

View speaker biographies

Thursday, July 26 - Future Visions
Innovation Hangar - North, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Scheduled Speakers/Presentations:

  • Michael Dudley, Acting Director, NASA Aeronautics Research Institute
  • Dr. Mark Maybury, Chief Scientist, U.S. Air Force
  • Dr. Don Hillebrand, Director, Center for Transportation Research, Argonne National Labs
  • John L. Petersen, Futurist and Founder, The Arlington Institute
  • Chip Yates, Founder and CEO, Flight of the Century
  • Robert Araujo, Manager - Sustainable Development, Sikorsky
  • Dr. Morton Grosser, President MG Consulting; Gossamer Albatross team member and author of Gossamer Odyssey: The Triumph of Human-Powered Flight

Friday, July 27 - Breakthrough Technologies
Innovation Hangar - North, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Scheduled Speakers/Presentations:

  • Mark Moore, Innovator, NASA Langley Research Center
  • Dr. Don Hillebrand, Director of Center for Transportation Research, Argonne National Labs
  • Ignite Presentation - brief presentations by electric aircraft designers and innovators, describing the latest to come from their companies
    • Chip Yates - Flight of the Century
    • Alexander Zosel - e-volo
    • Jeremy Monnett - Sonex
    • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - eco Eagle
    • John McGinnis - Synergy Aircraft
  • Follow-up Presentation - to be determined
  • 10th Lindbergh Prize Award

Electric Aircraft Development Alliance Meeting
EADA will hold a meeting on Thursday, July 26, at 1 p.m. in Innovation Hangar - North. All interested parties are welcome to attend.

EADA is an organization supported by an international alliance of electric flight stakeholders - from kit plane manufacturers to multinational corporations, from pilots to engineers to students, from amateurs to professionals. EADA's mission is to advance the development of electric flight by promoting and facilitating the safety, interests, and activities of electric aviation.

If you have questions about the Symposium or the EADA meeting, please contact Yolanka Wulff, executive director of the Lindbergh Foundation, at ywulff@lindberghfoundation.org.

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