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Dr. Dale Carlson, Executive for Advanced Engine Systems, GE Aviation, spoke about electric propulsion during Friday's Electric Flight Symposium. Photo by Craig Vander Kolk

The second annual World Symposium on Electric Aircraft began Friday at AirVenture. The goal is to offer a platform to all those who are interested in this form of environmentally friendly propulsion technology. The World Symposium is sponsored by GE Aviation and is featuring influential industry leaders discussing electric aircraft propulsion and offering what they envision as the future of flight.

On Friday, John Colomy, assistant manager of the FAA’s Small Airplane Directorate, gave the audience an important message during his speech “Where Are We One Year Later,” addressing manufacturers regarding certification: “When you are ready we will be ready.”

Dr. Mark Maybury, chief scientist of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) informed the audience, among other things, about the USAF’s achievements to reduce fuel consumption while increasing the fleet. Sergei Sikorsky, the keynote speaker, reviewed past technology achievements and spoke about the unbelievable speed of technology development.

Dr. Don Hillebrand, from Argonne National Labs, gave the audience information about “Electric Fuel for the Future,” the progress in the automotive industry, and possible technology transfer to the aviation. Dr. Dale Carlson (GE Aviation) was excited about the changes in the aeronautic field, talking about “The Future of Electric Propulsion.”

Calin Gologan, CEO of PC-Aero from Germany, explained his Elektra One project introducing the future developments called the Elektra Two (two-seater) and Elektra Four (four-seater). Erik Lindbergh, co-chairman of the Lindbergh Electric Aircraft Prize (LEAP), explained his AERO 2011 trip with the student group and presented to Gologan the prize for the quietest electric aircraft (one of the prizes of the LEAP program).

Saturday, July 30 - Applications of Technology for Electric Flight

Nature Center Pavilion
8:00 a.m. Registration/Networking
8:30 a.m. Welcome/Opening Remarks
8:40 a.m. Rep. Sam Graves, U.S. Congressman, Missouri, “Making Electric Aircraft a Reality in America”
8:50 a.m. Electric Aircraft Standards & Regulations Panel
9:50 a.m. Dr. Don Hillebrand, Director, Center for Transportation Research at Argonne National Laboratory, The Nuts and Volts of Batteries”
10:40 a.m. Dennis Bushnell, Chief Scientist, NASA Langley Research Center
11:20 a.m. Dr. Abas Goodarzi, President, U.S. Hybrid, “Motors for Manned Electric Flight”
12:00 p.m. Jonathan Hartman, “Sikorsky Project Firefly Update”
12:40 p.m. Electric Flight Technology Wrap-up


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