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 

Workshop & Expo Overview
1630-1700 hrs

Transformative Vertical Flight Workshop Introduction and Updates
1700-1730 hrs

  • Michael Dudley, Director, NASA Aeronautics Research Institute

DEMAND for UNMANNED and Transformational Electric Flight Reception
1730-1830 hrs

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

Panelists will provide their perspectives on how innovation and disruption are changing their operations, as well as strategies for future operations and acquisitions. Sustainability of aviation as a viable and affordable mode of transportation requires disruptive technologies that provide positive benefits, such as reduced fuel consumption, reduced emissions, and cost-competitive supersonic capability. Civil transport operators are looking for more efficient aircraft that meet regulatory standards at lower operating costs. They also may be looking for more efficiency from the entire air transportation system, innovations in avionics that enhance safety or crew-airplane interactions, or improvements to the cabin systems that enhance the passenger experience. Both military and civilian operators are examining the benefits of these new technologies.


  • Scott Fancher, Senior Vice President, Program Management, Integration & Development Programs, The Boeing Company (Moderator)
  • Naveed Hussain, Vice President, Aeromechanics Technology, The Boeing Company
  • Aaron Robinson, Senior Manager, Environmental Strategy and Sustainability, United Airlines
  • Donna Senft, Chief Scientist, Air Mobility Command, United States Air Force

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
  • Francesco Giannini, Aircraft Designer, Advanced Concepts, Aurora Flight Sciences
  • David Josephson, Engineer/CEO, Josephson Engineering, Inc.

Urban VTOL Panel Discussion Luncheon
1200-1330 hrs

  • Brian J. German Associate Professor, Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Moderator)
  • Jon Rimanelli, CEO, Detroit Aircraft
  • Geoffrey Bower, Chief Engineer, A^3 by Airbus Group
  • Gregory J. Bowles, Vice President of Global Innovation & Policy, General Aviation Manufacturers Association
  • David Josephson, Engineer/CEO, Josephson Engineering, Inc.
  • Mark D. Moore, Director of Aviation, Uber Engineering
  • Tine Tomažič, Director of R&D, Pipistrel

Transformative Vertical Flight Workshop Breakout Sessions
1400-1600 hrs

Transformative Vertical Flight Workshop Reception
1630-1730 hrs

Urban On-Demand Aerial Ridesharing—The Next Commercial Aviation Market
Friday, 9 June, 0800-0900 hrs

  • Mark Moore, Director of Aviation, Uber Engineering

Certification Panel Discussion
0930-1130 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
  • Gregory Bowles, Vice President, Global Innovation & Policy, General Aviation Manufacturers Association
  • Matt Knapp, Founder and Aero CTO, Zunum Aero
  • Wes Ryan, Manager, Programs and Procedures (Advanced Technology), Small Airplane Directorate, Federal Aviation Administration

Transformational Electric Flight Workshop Luncheon and Keynote
1130-1245 hrs 

Keynote: Solar-electric stratospheric flight—How it can work despite most of the evidence to the contrary

  • Paul Brooks, Managing Director,Prismatic Ltd.

Energy Storage Technologies
1245-1500 hrs

  • Nick Borer, Advanced Air Vehicle Configurator Technical Lead, Aeronautics Systems Analysis Branch, NASA Langley Research Center
  • Mark D. Moore, Director of Aviation, Uber Engineering
  • Randy Dunn, Vice President, Engineering and Co-founder, Electric Power Systems

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