What is Revolution.Aero?

Where the people reshaping, rethinking and revolutionising business and personal aviation meet.

The event brings together new start-ups disrupting the market with companies that have been leading the industry for decades. It will help investors, analysts, journalists and other opinion formers understand this uniquely regulated industry and help regulators plot the future.

To register interest as a speaker, an attendee or as a partner please email louisa@corporatejetinvestor.com for more information.

“The best conference I have ever attended when it comes to technology and innovation in aviation”



The Fourth Age

The First Industrial Revolution, which started in Britain in 1760, was powered by steam. The Second was driven by electricity and the Third by information technology.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution, driven by a range of new technologies including artificial intelligence, bio-technology, disruptive computing, additive manufacturing, nanotechnology and others has already started.

Every industry is being disrupted and the rate of change is faster than ever. Just as with the previous three revolutions, businesses and society will be reshaped. The same is true for aviation.

This is without doubt the start of a new aviation revolution. New -often interconnected -technologies like additive manufacturing, nanotechnology/advanced materials, artificial intelligence, electrification, the internet of aircraft, robotics, biotechnology, energy storage and others, will reshape aerospace and aviation. The next few years are as significant as the start of heavier-than-air flight and the jet age.



With a mixture of 15 minute (TED-style) presentations and in-depth panels, Revolution.Aero San Francisco 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 are interested in speaking please email: Louisa@corporatejetinvestor.com


topics being covering at Revolution.Aero San Francisco 2019:

Fireside Chat: Federal Aviation Administration
Daniel Elwell, FAA

How the inability to raise capital could hold the revolution back

Kirsten Bartok, AirFinance

How soon will Fixed Wing Electric become widespread?
Hybrid electric vs. fully electric
eVTOL vs fixed wing

Moderator: Dean Donovan, DiamondStream Partners
Eric Bartsch, VerdeGo Aero
Roei Ganzarski, magniX
Kevin Noertker, Ampaire

How do you forecast a market that does not exist?
What industries can you compare VTOL to?
Regulation and other black swans?

Doug Reinart, Porsche Consulting

Aviation Title: from handwritten documents to Blockchain
Aircraft title vs property title issues
How do you get stakeholder buy in?

Clay Healey, AIC Title Service

Why certification is just one hurdle: Operating innovative aircraft
How does flying work today - Part 135 & Part 91 for beginners
How to make sure regulators can keep up with new aircraft and business models
Starting the dialogue early – what worries regulators

Moderator: David Norton, Shackleford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton
David Hernandez, Vedder Price

Building a fixed-wing (business) model
What will carriers consider?
What are the challenges?

Moderator: Dean Donovan, DiamondStream Partners
Tom Hsieh, FLOAT Shuttle
Rob McKinney, Mokulele Airlines

Rethinking aircraft maintenance and parts sales
Keeping the market secure
Traceability and parts

Eye in the sky: NASA’s solution to the future of airborne traffic management

Joseph Rios, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Connecting aviation

Sacha Wetzel, Avfoil

Why electric aircraft are the future of flight training
The pilot challenge
Why training fits electricity

George Bye, Bye Aerospace

Why air traffic control is the key
Will airspace just become as congested as roads?
Keeping the busy skies safe
Are new technologies a help or a hinderence ?

Michele Merkle, FAA

Automakers versus planemakers?
Who is better positioned to sell flying cars?
Collaborations versus going solo

Sam Bousfield, Samson Sky

Bringing virtual reality to aviation
The changing face of flight training

Ryan Pulliam, Specular Theory

Investing in the future of aerospace
How fast can the sector grow?
Lessons from the last 100 years
How the OEM supplier relationship is changing who is driving innovation

Moderator: John Stack, Canaccord Genuity
Ron Epstein, Bank of America Merill Lynch

Keeping leadership in disruptive times
Are airlines and OEMs the right organisations to disrupt aviation?
Can large organisations pivot?
Is aviation biased towards larger organisations?

The bizjet tech arms race
Changing the industry from the inside
Is there enough data for one company




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 aw@corporatejetinvestor.com.

Pitch@Revolution.aero 2019 - San Francisco

Awarded to any revolutionary concept from a company that has not raised more than $5 million or has had a product in the market for less than 12 months 



 Event Partners

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Lead Sponsor

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Confirmed speakers


Daniel Elwell

Acting Administrator
Federal Aviation Administration


Jim Adler

Founding Managing Director
Toyota AI Ventres

Kirsten bartok

Managing Partner

Dean Donovan

Managing Director
DiamondStream Partners

Edward Gross

Vedder Price

gwen lighter


Kevin Noertker


Joseph Rios

Chief Engineer, UTM Project

john stack

Managing Director, Head of US Aerospace & Defense
Canaccord Genuity

Armando Antonini


Sam Bousfield

Samson Sky

Ronald epstein

Managing Director
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Clay Healey

AIC Title Service

Erik LindbergH

VerdeGo Aero

david norton


dean roberts

Market Analysis Executive
Rolls-Royce North America

Tobias Strobl

Strategy Designer
Business Models Inc.

Katerina Barilov

Founder, Principal
Sparkplug Capital+

George Bye

Bye Aerospace

Brian Flynn

DiamondStream Partners

David Hernandez

Vedder Price

Rob McKinney

Mokulele Airlines

Ryan Pulliam

Co-founder & CMO
Specular Theory

joseph segura-conn

Hoversurf Inc.

sacha wetzel


Eric Bartsch

COO & Co-founder
VerdeGo Aero

Dave Chaimson

VP, Marketing & Business Development
Experimental Aircraft Association

roei ganzarski


Tom Hsieh

FLOAT Shuttle

Michele Merkle

Director, NAS Systems Engineering
Federal Aviation Administation

doug reinart

Porsche Consulting

angela shi

Ventures Associate
Plug & Play Tech Center

“Perhaps the most valuable application of wireless energy will be the propulsion of flying machines, which will carry no fuel and will be free from any limitations of the present airplanes and dirigibles.”


 Who attends?


Report the Revolution


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: 

Rebecca Hawkins
Head of Marketing
DD: +44 1737 844 383




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