With a mixture of 15 minute (TED-style) presentations and in-depth panel discussions, Revolution.Aero San Francisco provided new insights and the latest updates.
There were lots of opportunities 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. Delegates did not just sit and listen, they led the content.
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(Please note that the agenda timings and sessions can change so do keep checking back for updates)
Sunday 22nd September
18.30 Pre-conference cocktail reception
Monday 23rd September
07.30 Refreshments & registration
08.00 Welcome to the Fourth Aviation Revolution
8.10 How the inability to raise capital could hold the revolution back
08.30 The bizjet tech arms race
Changing the industry from the inside
Is there enough data for one company
9.10 Disrupting private aviation for passengers
Democratising business aviation
How big can the market get?
09.30 Why air traffic control is the key now
Will airspace become just as congested as roads?
Managing the space in the sky
Are new technologies a help or a hindrance?
Moderator: Starr Ginn, NASA
Jon Damush, Boeing NeXt
Michele Merkle, FAA
Ben Marcus, AirMap
Parimal Kopardekar, NASA
Peter Sachs, Airbus UTM
10.10 How do you forecast a market that does not yet exist?
What industries can you compare VTOL to?
Regulation and other black swans?
Moderator: Edward Gross, Vedder Price
Michael Dyment, NEXA Capital Partners LLC
Brian Foley, AvStrategies
Doug Reinart, Porsche Consulting
Tobias Strobl, Business Models Inc.
Kenneth Swartz, Vertical Flight Society
10.50 Morning coffee hosted by Turbine Asset Holdings Group
11.10 Micromobility to Air Taxis: Investing In The Next Generation of Mobility
11.30 Fireside chat: Regulating innovation
Tim Arel, FAA
12.00 Changing a Paradigm
We can relax the job is getting easier
The intermediate change required is the mindsets of people before we can enhance aviation
12.20 Can aerial urban mobility fly over all the obstacles facing adoption?
Are the biggest challenges physical (gravity), chemical (batteries), legal or psychological?
13.00 Lunch hosted by CharterPad
14.00 Aerial ridesharing at scale
Can Uber hit its 2023 deadline?
14.20 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, Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton
Carl Dietrich, Carl Dietrich Consulting
Patrick Hansen, Luxaviation
David Hernandez, Vedder Price
Mike Nichols, NBAA
Michael Whitaker, Whitaker AirSpace
15.00 Charter Marketplaces: Digital Disrupters or Business Disrupters?
Armando Antonini , CharterPad
15.20 Afternoon tea hosted by Turbine Asset Holdings Group
15.40 Applying blockchain to aviation
How it fits aviation
Getting regulators onboard
Selling to different stakeholders
Moderator: Ford von Weise, Citi Private Bank
Lucas Pinoli, Block Aero
Sandra Ro, Global Blockchain Business Council
Richard Steeves, TrustFlight
16.20 Managing the autonomous air traffic of the future… today
Figuring out coordination of small drones to lay the foundation for future collaborative air traffic management
16.40 Why electric aircraft are the future of flight training
The pilot challenge
Why training fits electricity
18.30 Cocktail reception hosted by Avfoil
Tuesday 24th September
08.30 Welcome remarks
Alasdair Whyte, Revolution.Aero
08.35 Finding early-stage investors
Cash versus connections
Finding Angel investors
09.15 Bringing virtual reality to aviation
The changing face of flight training
09.30 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?
Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, Revolution.Aero
Mark Cousin, A^3 by Airbus
Michael Lohnert, Boeing HorizonX Ventures
Andre Stein, Embraer X
10.10 Aviation Title: from handwritten documents to Blockchain
Aircraft title vs property title issues
How do you get stakeholder buy in?
10.30 Lindbergh 2027 – one hundred years of aerospace innovation
10.50 Morning coffee
11.20 The latest developments in urban air mobility
11.40 Why is making money making aircraft so difficult?
I have disruptive aircraft technology, should I build an aircraft company, become a component manufacturer or partner with existing player(s)?
12.20 The changing face of urban air mobility
Bonny Simi, JetBlue Technology Ventures
12.40 Building a fixed-wing (business) model
Rethinking regional flight
Can new technologies change the economics of short haul flight
13.20 Lunch hosted by AIC Title Service
14.30 Updating business aviation
Breaking down silos
Is the total addressable market too small for tech companies?
Where are the easy wins
Moderator: Brian Flynn, DiamondStream Partners
Shaan Bhanji, FlyEasy Software
David Fox, Stellar Labs
Paul Malicki, Flapper
Paolo Sommariva, FL3XX
15.10 Financing the Fourth Aviation revolution
The dangers of being too early
Are too many companies targeting the same areas?Mining for gold versus selling shovels
Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, Revolution.Aero
Ashish Aggarwal, Grishin Robotics
Srini Ananth, Intel Capital
Brian Flynn, DiamondStream Partners
Damineh Mycroft, Boeing HorizonX Ventures
Paul Willard, Stealth Ventures
15.50 Afternoon tea
16.20 Urban aerial mobility in 2020
Why it is too early to write-off helicopters
Lessons from existing operators
17.00 How soon will new propulsion systems become widespread?
Hybrid electric vs. fully electric
eVTOL vs. fixed wing
17.40 Closing remarks