5–9 June 2017
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Denver, Colorado

Transformational Electric Flight Workshop and Expo

7-9 June 2017

The Transformational Electric Flight Workshop & Expo being held at the 2017 AIAA AVIATION Forum brings together speakers and attendees from industry, government and academia worldwide to explore the exciting developments in the aeronautics field occurring because of electric propulsion.


From small unmanned aircraft to personal transportation to high-altitude long endurance unmanned aircraft to commercial transports, electric propulsion technologies are opening up new missions and beginning to revolutionize traditional missions. Engage with many of the pioneers in the field, make new connections, hear the latest from regulators and researchers, and learn how electric propulsion may impact your job and your everyday life. Experts from around the world will talk about the newest technologies in propulsion, airframe design and batteries, and explore the intersection of information integration, deep learning and aviation.

The Transformational Electric Flight Workshop will also feature the 4th Joint Transformative Vertical Flight Workshop. Discover the efforts to refine an industry roadmap for emerging powered lift aircraft utilizing electric/hybrid power and distributed propulsion that offers the potential to fundamentally transform aircraft configurations and operational concepts. More information about the past Transformative Vertical Flight Workshops as well as the objectives and desired outcomes of these workshops can be found here

The 2017 Electric Flight Workshop includes:

  • Interactive talks from industry pioneers, regulators, and researchers
  • An expo featuring companies utilizing electric propulsion to offer exciting new capabilities
  • Lunches with engaging speakers
  • Evening receptions for networking
  • 4th AHS/AIAA/SAE/NASA Transformative Vertical Flight Workshop


Aircraft Electric Propulsion: Transforming Aviation
Wednesday, 7 June, 1400-1600 hrs

Panelists will discuss how aircraft electric propulsion is enabling changes in aviation as we know it. Panelists:

  • Andrew R. Gibson, President, Business Development, Aerospace Engineer, Empirical Systems Aerospace (Moderator)
  • Mike Hirschberg, Executive Director, AHS International-The Vertical Flight Technical Society
  • Amy Jankovsky, Subproject Manager, Hybrid Gas-Electric Propulsion, NASA Glenn Research Center
  • Matt Knapp, Aero Chief Engineer, Zunum Aero
  • Joseph Oldham, Director, San Joaquin Valley Clean Transportation Center, CALSTART

AVIATION Forum Networking Break
1600-1630 hrs

Workshop & Expo Overview
1630-1700 hrs

Transformative Vertical Flight Workshop Introduction and Updates
1700-1730 hrs

DEMAND for UNMANNED and Transformative Vertical Flight Reception
1730-1830 hrs

Innovation and Disruption Opportunities for Civil and Military Transport Acquisitions & Operations
Thursday, 8 June, 0800-0900 hrs


  • Scott Fancher, Senior Vice President, Program Management, Integration & Development Programs, The Boeing Company (Moderator)
  • Aaron Robinson, Senior Manager, Environmental Strategy and Sustainability, United Airlines

AVIATION Forum Networking Coffee Break
0900-0930 hrs

Electric Aircraft Prototyping
0930-1200 hrs


  • Tine Tomažič, Director of R&D, Pipistrel
  • Sean Clarke, Principal Investigator for NASA's X-57 Maxwell experimental aircraft and Advanced Systems Development Engineer, NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center
  • Geoffrey Bower, Chief Engineer, A^3 by Airbus Group

Transformative Vertical Flight Lunch and Urban VTOL Panel Discussion
1200-1330 hrs


  • Mark D. Moore, Director of Aviation, Uber Engineering
  • Tine Tomažič, Director of R&D, Pipistrel
  • Geoffrey Bower, Chief Engineer, A^3 by Airbus Group
  • JoeBen BevirtFounder, Joby Aviation
  • Gregory J. Bowles, Vice President of Global Innovation & Policy, General Aviation Manufacturers Association
  • David Josephson, Engineer/CEO, Josephson Engineering, Inc.

Transformative Vertical Flight Expo Break
1330-1400 hrs

Transformative Vertical Flight Workshop Breakout Sessions
1400-1600 hrs

AVIATION Forum Networking Break
1600-1630 hrs

Transformational Flight Program Committee Meeting
1900-2130 hrs

AVIATION Forum Opening Plenary
Friday, 9 June, 0800-0900 hrs


  • Mark Moore, Director of Aviation, Uber Engineering

AVIATION Forum Networking Coffee Break
0900-0930 hrs

Energy Storage Technologies
0930-1200 hrs

  • Nick Borer, Advanced Air Vehicle Configurator Technical Lead, Aeronautics Systems Analysis Branch, NASA Langley Research Center
  • Jun Liu, Director of the Energy Processes and Materials Division, Energy and Environment Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Randy Dunn, Vice President, Engineering and Co-founder, Electric Power Systems

Transformative Vertical Flight Lunch
1200-1300 hrs


  • Paul Brooks, Managing Director,Prismatic Ltd.

Certification Panel Discussion
1300-1330 hrs

Panelists will discuss changes to the FAA's Part 23 regulations as well as consensus standards development efforts and what they mean for electric flight.


  • Tom Gunnarson, Lead of Regulatory Affairs, Zee.Aero
  • ASTM F39.05 Committee

Sign-up for program updates 

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Dates to Remember

  • Manuscript Deadline: 03 May 2017
  • Early Bird Reg Deadline: 15 May 2017
  • Cancellation Deadline: 22 May 2017

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