Arrive at Oshkosh Early – Get an Education

The CAFE Foundation will hold its annual conference on Saturday, July 21 from 12:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 22 from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  All activities will be held in the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Alumni Welcome and Conference Center.

The Electric Aircraft Symposium 2018, The Future of Flight: Electric Aviation, Technologies and Opportunities divides speakers between technical and economic topics, with a nod toward funding new projects.

Yolanka Wulff, the Director of Communications and Public Affairs for Ampaire, and Executive Director for the CAFE Foundation has organized this assemblage of speakers with sponsorship by Ampaire.

Ampaire Tailwind. The company founer and CEO will be at EAS 2018

Technically Speaking

On technical matters, Gilles Rossenberger, who headed the industrial design for manufacturing Airbus’ e-Fan, will talk about his leadership in Faraday Aerospace, described on his Linked In page as, “…Designing a family of Certified Electric Propulsion Systems (EPS) dedicated to a large range of Electric Aircraft (from 50 kW to 500 kW).”

George Bye, now test flying his Sun Flyer 2, will discuss the future for electric and solar-powered aviation.  Kevin Noertker, Co-Founder and CEO of Ampaire, will discuss his cutting edge commuter craft.  Michael Friend, retired Chief Engineer for Future Platforms with Boeing Commercial Airplanes, will show his well-developed ideas for hybrid propulsion platforms, among other things.

Joshua Portlock, Founder and Chairman, of Electro.Aero Pty Ltd. will talk about his development of personal flying platforms, the first of which he and partner Robert Beluga built in one week.  Their second is a second-round winner in Boeing’s GoFly competition.

One of 10 GoFly Phase 2 winners, Trek Aerospace FK2 is an ongoing development

Omer Bar-Yohay, Co-Founder and CEO of Eviation, an Israel-based firm working on a long-range electric business cruiser, will explain how he has crafted a design around existing battery technology.

Carl Dietrich, Co-Founder and CTO of Terrafugia, will discuss his firm’s recent decision to transform their Transition to hybrid power for ground travel, and doubtless his work with Uber Elevate.

Todd Hodges, NASA, has been instrumental in vertical flight development and is well known for his contributions to projects such as Mark Moore’s Puffin and the 40 years of experience with NASA Langley.  His expertise in vertical lift should prove enlightening.

Ed Lovelace is Senior Technical Fellow in high-power electrical systems with Aurora Flight Sciences (now merged with Boeing) and a technology advisory board member with XL Fleet Electrification and Zunum Aero.  His broad spectrum of applications may give new insights.

Boris Popov, Founder and CEO of BRS Aerospace, will report on how his ballistic parachutes save lives and enable a non-disastrous letdown when all else fails.

Managing a Complex New Technology

EAS 2018 will include talks on making sure all this innovative technology finds its way to a legislative and commercial footing that ensures its success.  Tom Gunnarson, Lead of Regulatory Affairs at Kitty Hawk, for instance, will bring his experience leading FAA certification of electric aircraft to bear on the discussion.  Gregory Bowles, Vice President, Global Innovation & Policy for the General Aviation Manufacturer’s Association (GAMA), will fill in the industry perspective.

Adam Warmoth, Vehicle Requirements Lead for Uber Elevate, will explain how the mobility firm will influence what we see overhead.  Stan Ross, Founder and President of EFX Applied Technology, will share his experiences in helping guide AeroInnovate, with its goal “to facilitate the alignment of passionate, successful investors and industry leaders with the best aviation-related opportunities in the world.”  Following in areas of safety and certification, Luciano Serra, Director of both for magniX will explain his role in this new aircraft motor company.

Magni 250 motor shows innovative construction

Peter Shannon, Managing Director of Levitate Capital, will explain how to float that loan, perhaps, for your own levitation experience.

Willi Tacke, Flying Pages GmbH/e-flight-expo Founder and CEO, will bring the latest in European Asian electric flight developments.  Kenneth I. Swartz, Director & Senior Aerospace Marketing Communications Strategist for Aeromedia Communications, will explain how to get your message out, as he done in over 1,000 published articles.

Conference Registration Package

The conference hours are Saturday, July 21, 12:30 to 7:30, and Sunday, July 22, 7:00 am to 4:00 pm. Saturday presentations begin at 1:00 pm.

Your registration includes all of the sessions on Saturday and Sunday, a networking reception Saturday night with hors-d’oeuvres and no-host bar, and breakfast and lunch on Sunday.

The Saturday night reception will be offered in the lobby between 5:30 and 7:30 pm. This is an excellent opportunity to continue conversations you began during the daytime sessions while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and drinks.

Sunday breakfast will be served between 7:00 and 8:00 am, and lunch will be served between 12:00 and 1:00 pm.

You have until July 21 to benefit from a discount price for the event.

Location and Lodging

Events will take place here.

For assistance, please contact Yolanka Wulff, CAFE Foundation Executive Director, at or (206) 660-8498.

AeroInnovate Helps Kick Off First Day

To continue your education, Plane and Pilot Magazine reports, “EAA AirVenture will kick off Day One with a roundtable discussion called ‘Funding Your Dream,’ which will feature a number of aviation-tech industry figures who will share their stories about how they got ‘from idea to market.’ Hosting the panel will be AeroInnovate, which is a company known in the tech world as an ‘accelerator,’ that is, a company that helps get great ideas moving and moving fast.”

“Starting at 4:00 p.m. The discussion takes place on Monday, July 23rd; at the Aviation Gateway Park Forum’s tent at 4 p.m. Participating will be moderator Tom Perkowski, co-founder of Eagle Cap Software, an AeroInnovate alumnus company; and panelists Tom Burden, CEO of Grypmat, and Eric Bartsch, COO of VerdeGo Aero. The investors will be Martha Cosgrove, an investment analyst at Boeing HorizonX and Rich Leamon of Space Angels.

“Should be a riveting discussion of the state of GA startup funding whether you’re in the market for venture capital or not. And who knows, maybe the conversation will get you in the mood to dust off that great idea and finally get if flying, financially, that is, not aerodynamically.”

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