October 1 and 2, 2018
Grand Hyatt San Francisco
What is it?
The future of aviation. In two days.
Revolution.Aero is the global meeting place for people who are reshaping, rethinking and revolutionising business and personal aviation.
A venue for the people leading aero mobility and the second century of powered flight.
The event will bring together new start-ups disrupting the market with companies that have been leading the industry for decades. It will help investors, journalists and opinion formers understand this uniquely regulated industry and help regulators plot the future.
WHEN IS IT?
Grand Hyatt San Francisco, October 1 and 2, 2018.
To register interest as a speaker, an attendee or as a partner please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Today's industry leaders looking to future-proof their business and others trying to disrupt the industry. A unique blend of start-ups, industry giants, investors, regulators, financiers, lawyers and others involved in shaping the future of flight.
With a mixture of 15 minute (TED-style) presentations and in-depth panels, Revolution.Aero will bring you new insights you can use.
There will also be lots of opportunities for you to shape the debate with live and electronic Q&A at the end of each session - as well interactive polling and the opportunity to post anonymous comments. You do not just sit and listen, you lead the content.
All attendees will also vote for the winners during Pitch@Revolution.Aero
If you would like to suggest speakers or topics please email: email@example.com
Monday October 1
The aviation revolution – why you should not underestimate the next 10 years
Is this the start of a golden age of aviation?
eVTOLs, flying car and supersonic jets - what will we be flying in 2028?
Lessons from the first century of flight
Why the democratisation of business and personal aviation has only just started
Rethinking ownership and charter for the sharing generation
Applying Amazon Prime and Netflix models
Building the business aviation base
Kenny Dichter, Wheels Up
The need for speed
Why have we not got supersonic aircraft?
Are the biggest challenges technical, economic or regulatory?
Tom Vice, Aerion Supersonic
How Uber Elevate would improve cities
Understanding Uver Elevate cost model
Who will operate for Uber
“I am on a plane” – connecting aircraft
How connected can aircraft get?
What technical challenges remain or is it all about infrastructure?
Will it ever be the same as on the ground?
Senior representative, Gogo Business Aviation
Flying angels – and other early stage investors
Does aviation get less start-ups compared to other industries?How can start-ups compete with industry giants?
What odds are investors looking for?
Katerina Barilov, Shearwater Aero Capital
Kirsten Bartok, AirFinance
Francois Chopard, Starburst Aerospace
Peter Shannon, Levitate Capital
Blended Wing Body Aircraft: The end of tubes?
What are the advantages of Blended Wing Body (BWB) aircraft?
Building and operating BWBs
Senior representative, Dzyne Technologies
The business of business aircraft charter
The differences between airlines and business aviation
Understanding the complexity of charter
Is there enough data?
Can anyone solve dead-legs?
Will Uberisation work?
Don’t look back in anger – lessons eVTOLs companies should learn from very light jets
How big is the total addressable market and when will they deliver?
Getting to certification and production
The problem with production
Who will be the eVTOL winners?
Cyrus Sigari, jetAVIVA
Connecting communities: How electric aircraft will change the new demand driven world
Connecting Communities - How electric aircraft will enable the new demand-driven world
What consumers expect today – and why today’s aircraft and business models do not meet the need
How electric aircraft will reshape passenger and freight transport
Why regulations may be more of a barrier than technology
How the operator / regulator relationship works
Balancing regulator concerns and disruptors visions
Charge of the flight brigade – why electric aviation is coming now
Where are we now?
Is there a Moore’s law for batteries and eVTOL?
Sharing jets: rethinking private aviation
Why customers are happy sharing now
Adding Creators and finders
Jetsharing for aircraft owners
Tuesday October 2
Rethinking regional aviation with hybrid and electric aircraft
How electric aircraft will shake up the jet age
Returning to regional aviation’s roots
Getting to delivery
How JetSuiteX will use Zunum aircraft
Ashish Kumar, Zunum Aero
Alex Wilcox, JetSuite/JetSuiteX
Investing in disruption
How aviation is different to other industries
Are airlines, automakers and OEMs the right organisations to disrupt aviation?
Can large organisations fight insurgents or is success biased towards existing giants?
Dean Donovan, Columbia Equity Partners
Naresh Shah, a3 by Airbus
Raj Singh, JetBlue Technology Ventures
"I ain't getting on no [autonomous] plane"
The psychology of autonomous flight
Will passengers accept not having pilots?
Which is the bigger challenge - building passenger trust or regulator trust?
Why business aviation is changing now
What are the big mega-trends shaping the market?
Why we should not get carried away
Analyst panel: Do only the paranoid survive?
How easy is it to disrupt existing aviation and aerospace leaders?
How can investors identify true disruptors?
Lessons from other industries
Ronald Epstein, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Jon Raviv, Citi Research
John Stack, The McLean Group
Risky business? Insuring the new revolution
How do insurers look at new technology?
Is the aviation market ready to underwrite new risks?
Disruptor: XTI Aircraft and the Trifan 600
Can start-ups take on established helicopter manufacturers?
Why use crowdfunding?
Bob Labelle, XTI Aircraft
Voom: helicopter ride sharing
Why is Voom targeting emerging markets first?
How can you get the price down?
The future of helicopters in megacities
Build it and they will fly
Why getting certification is hard but making money from building aircraft is much harder
What are the biggest challenges in moving from testing to production?
Managing relationships with regulators
Pushing tin - the future for air traffic control
Can drones, eVTOL and aircraft operate together?
Can air traffic control organisations keep up?
Ben Marcus, AirMap
Blurring boundaries between helicopters, business jets and airlines
Do you need a global distribution system?
Raj Singh, JetBlue Technology Ventures
Is your startup looking to revolutionise aviation? Have you found a solution to a problem facing aviation companies or customers?
Pitch@Revolution.aero is an opportunity to get your startup in front of potential investors, partners and customers.
As well as receiving unique validation from industry insiders, investors and other market experts, our partners can also provide investment, mentoring and introductions.
A shortlisted selection of five or six companies will be invited to pitch live from the stage. They will then receive comments from the judges and be voted for by the audience.
There is no fee to participate in the Pitch@Revolution.aero - in fact all entrants receive one free pass.
If you would like to nominate your company for any category or pitch your startup please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Awarded to any revolutionary concept from a company that has not raised Series-A funding or has had a product in the market for less than 12 months
ceo & co-founder
Shearwater Aero Capital
ceo & director
founder & ceo
Managing Director & Founder
Co-founder & COO
founder & ceo
Senior Equity Analyst
Bank of America Merrill Lynch International
deputy aeronautics research director
Chief Executive & Board Member
chairman & Co-founder
CO-FOUNDER & MANAGING DIRECTOR
senior vice president, regional business operations
founder & ceo
equity analyst, vice president
citi private bank
embry-riddle aeronautical university worldwide
Anxiety and Depression Association of America
CEO & founder
a3 by airbus
jetblue technology ventures
The McLean group
PRESIDENT & COO
ford von weise
Director - Head, Global Aircraft Finance
Citi Private Bank
Corporate jet investor, helicopter investor
founder & ceo
If you would be interested in sponsoring the future of aviation or exhibiting your product please email: email@example.com
Partnering allows you to: showcase your product and innovations; demonstrate your leadership in shaping the future; and help shape the event for the future.
We work very hard to make sure all of our sponsors stand out and get the value from their investment.
Whether you would like to sponsor a cocktail reception, a breakfast or simply arrange a private meeting room - please contact us.
Exhibition stands and table-top displays are available for companies looking to demonstrate their products.
With more than two decades of experience, Gogo is the leader in inflight connectivity and wireless entertainment services for business fleets and commercial airlines around the world. Gogo connects aircraft, providing its partners with the world’s most powerful networks and platforms to help optimize their operations. Gogo’s superior technologies, best-in-class service, and global reach help planes fly smarter, and passengers travel happier.
Today, more than 4,000 business aircraft are flying with Gogo’s connectivity solutions onboard, including the world's largest fractional ownership fleets, and Gogo is a factory option at every major business aircraft manufacturer. Gogo also has partnerships with 16 commercial airlines with its connectivity solutions flying on more than 3,000 commercial aircraft. Gogo’s corporate presence globally includes multilingual customer and technical support available around the clock from teams based at several locations worldwide. Connect with Gogo at business.gogoair.com and www.gogoair.com.
Wheels Up is a revolutionary membership-based private aviation company that significantly reduces the upfront costs to fly privately, while providing unparalleled flexibility, service and safety. Created and led by renowned entrepreneur Kenny Dichter, Wheels Up offers guaranteed availability to its private fleet of new Beechcraft King Air 350i and Citation Excel/XLS aircraft to individual, family and corporate members. With the cutting-edge Wheels Up mobile app, members can seamlessly book flights, manage their accounts, participate in ride-share opportunities and select Hot Flights, a vast selection of one-way “empty leg” flights that are posted daily to the app and updated in real time. Members also have access to Wheels Down, a program featuring exclusive events and experiences, unique partner benefits and a full-service luxury concierge.
Company launched on 1 August 2013, with the largest King Air order.
Aerion Supersonic of Reno, Nevada is introducing a new era of practical and efficient supersonic flight. In 2017, the company joined forces with GE Aviation and Lockheed Martin to develop the Aerion AS2 supersonic business jet.
The 12-passenger AS2 is expected to fly at a maximum speed of Mach 1.4 over water, and, where permitted by regulation, at speeds approaching Mach 1.2 without a sonic boom reaching the ground. Thanks to its unique supersonic natural laminar flow wing, the aircraft is expected to achieve long range (LA to Paris) and efficiency at supersonic and subsonic speeds. Once fielded, it will reduce trans-Atlantic trips by as much as three hours, enabling business leaders to fly roundtrip between New York and London in a day.
Aerion was formed in 2003 to advance more efficient supersonic technologies. Since that time, the company has developed and demonstrated advanced wing technology in conjunction with NASA and other leading aeronautical institutions. This research includes breakthrough work in supersonic natural laminar flow, the key enabling technology behind the AS2 supersonic business jet.
In November 2015, Aerion announced a fleet order from fractional aircraft fleet operator Flexjet for 20 AS2 aircraft.
JetSmarter is a members-only community that’s disrupting the air travel space by introducing a fresh alternative to the dated and overpriced services offered in private aviation today.
Using the sharing economy model, members can book seats on private jets at prices comparable to commercial or create flights on-demand at a fraction of the cost of traditional chartering – all through a single app.
Since its 2012 launch, JetSmarter has rapidly become the world’s largest private aviation community, moving more annual passengers than anyone else in the industry.
JetSmarter’s vision to create and optimize socially-powered air travel has been backed by numerous strategic and institutional investors, including Clearlake Capital, a $4B private equity fund, and Leucadia National Corporation, a $9B public holding company.
“An aircraft can only fly when the amount of paperwork exceeds its weight.”
Grand Hyatt san francisco
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Rooms with spectacular views: 662 luxury suites and guestrooms feature incredible views of the city skyline and San Francisco Bay
Make you feel at home: Enhanced in-room entertainment system with video streaming capabilities from mobile devices or tablets to television
In the Heart of Union Square: Enjoy easy access to premier shopping, museums, theatres and popular attractions, like the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman’s Wharf
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If you are involved in covering aviation, technology, travel or urban mobility we would love to talk. Revolution.Aero is an opportunity to hear from and meet with people shaping the future of aviation.
If you would like a media pass please contact:
Head of marketing
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If you would like to arrange interviews with the Revolution.Aero team please contact:
Executive Director, Citigate Dewe Rogerson
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