CAFE Foundation Announces Electric Aircraft Symposium V


The fifth edition of the CAFE Foundation’s Electric Aircraft Symposium will take place April 29 and 30 in Santa Rosa, California. Picking up momentum every year, the EAS brings together industry leaders to share technological advances and real-world experience developing electric propulsion systems for aircraft. This cross-cultural exchange of ideas is intended to speed development of electric aircraft designs.

Tuition is $399 per person. For more information on the CAFE Foundation, visit the company’s website. A registration form for EAS V can be found here.

Here is the preliminary program. Check this web page for updates.

CAFE Electric Aircraft Symposium V


Brien Seeley, President, CAFE Foundation: Opening Remarks

Dr. Ben Santer, Climate Scientist, LLNL: Update on Climate Change

Dean Sigler, CAFE Blogmeister: Greater Expectations: The Revolution in Electric Aircraft

JoeBen Bevirt, CEO, Joby Aviation: Electric Aircraft That Transform Your Commute

David Calley, CTO, Motor Excellence: Ideal Electric Aircraft Motors

Pietro Perlo, Chair WG Auto EU Tech. Platform: Cross-cutting Technologies for Road and Air Electrical mobility: Smart Systems Integration

Brien Seeley, CAFE: Suburban Air Vehicles: Aviation’s Future

Murry Rozansky, ESA: Soaring into the Electric Future or “ Engines! We Don’t Need no Stinken’ Engines!”

Patrick McLaughlin: Motor Controllers for Electric Aircraft

Yueming Li and Ning Pan, UC Davis: Current State of Supercapacitor Research

Nicholas Roy, MIT: Autonomous Electronic Flight Controls; Making Flying Safe and Easy

Ilan Kroo, Professor, Stanford University: Design Concepts for Small Electric Aircraft

Larry Ford, Vice President, CAFE Foundation, DEBUT: The Amazing Aircraft of the 2011 CAFE Green Flight Challenge

Eric Darcy, NASA-JSC/NREL: Best Extant Global Battery Technologies

David Birkenstock, Goldschmied Propulsion Exploration

Forum: Goldschmied Propulsion, Panel: David Birkenstock, Dennis Bushnell (NASA), Barnaby Wainfan (Northrop Grumman), John Roncz (Gemini Technologies), Sumon Sinha (Mississippi State–Deturbulators)

Karl Young, CEO, X-Cap: 10X Supercapacitor Energy Storage Using Carbon Nanotubes

Richard Glassock, Smart Skies Project, Australia: Hybrid Electric Aircraft and Automated Airspace

Dave Hawes and Gary Gerber, Emoteq: High-torque Wheel Motors For Electric Aircraft

[Continuing on Sunday.]

Dennis Bushnell, NASA Chief Scientist: Emerging Technologies for Electric Aircraft, Frontiers of the Responsibly Imaginable

Robert Englar, Professor, Georgia Tech Univ.: Pneumatic ESTOL Technologies for SAVs

Forum: V/ESTOL Technologies, Panel: Robert Englar (Gerogia Tech), Craig Hange (NASA), Tina Jameson (Cal Poly), Greg Jones (NASA)

Jack Langelaan, Penn State Univ.: Autonomous Energy Capture During Flight

Ken Goodrich, NASA: The Ideal Flight Deck: Rethinking Piloting

Forum: Rethinking Piloting; The Quest For 7 Sigma Safety, Panel: Ken Goodrich (NASA), Richard Glassock, Steve Williams (CAFE), Jack Langelaan, Penn State Univ., Damon Seeley, Nicholas Roy (MIT)

Steve Visco, CTO, PolyPlus: New High Energy Density Lithium Chemistries

Krish Ahuja, Professor, Georgia Tech Univ.: Quiet Propulsion Technologies

Forum: Quiet Propulsion Forum, Panel: Krish Ahuja (Georgia Tech), David Calley, Casey Burley (NASA), Feri Ferassat (NASA), Bill Macy, (Stratasys 3D FDM)

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Marc Cook is a veteran special-interest journalist who started as a staffer at AOPA Pilot in the late 1980s. Marc has built two airplanes, an Aero Designs Pulsar XP and a Glasair Aviation Sportsman, and now owns a 180-hp, steam-gauge-adjacent GlaStar based in western Oregon. Marc has 5000 hours spread over 200-plus types and four decades of flying.


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