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.

All attendees also voted for the winners during the Pitch@Revolution competition (find out more about Pitch here)

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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

Alasdair Whyte, Revolution.Aero

8.10 How the inability to raise capital could hold the revolution back

Kirsten Bartok, AirFinance

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

Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, Revolution.Aero
Andrew Collins, Sentient Jet
Dan Crowe, Wheels Up
Greg Johnson, One Sky Flight
Per Marthinsson, Avinode Group

9.10 Disrupting private aviation for passengers
Democratising business aviation
How big can the market get?

Kenny Dichter, Wheels Up

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

Jim Adler, Toyota AI Ventures

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

Sacha Wetzel, Avfoil

12.20 Can aerial urban mobility fly over all the obstacles facing adoption?
Are the biggest challenges physical (gravity), chemical (batteries), legal or psychological?

Moderator: Cyrus Sigari, jetAVIVA
JoeBen Bevirt, Joby Aviation
Ryan Doss, Karem Aircraft
Joseph Segura-Conn, Hoversurf Inc.
Wyatt Smith, Uber

13.00 Lunch hosted by CharterPad

14.00 Aerial ridesharing at scale
Can Uber hit its 2023 deadline?

Nikhil Goel, Uber

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

Joseph Rios, NASA

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

George Bye, Bye Aerospace

17.00 Pitch@Revolution.Aero

Judges: Jim Adler, Toyota AI Ventures
Kirsten Bartok, AirFinance
Steve Smith, The Explorer’s Mindset
Adam Twidell, PrivateFly

18.30 Cocktail reception hosted by Avfoil

Tuesday 24th September

08.00 Refreshments

08.30 Welcome remarks
Alasdair Whyte, Revolution.Aero

08.35 Finding early-stage investors
Cash versus connections
Finding Angel investors

Moderator: Katerina Barilov, Sparkplug Capital+
Joe Blair, Obvious Ventures
Francois Chopard, Starburst
Gwen Lighter, GoFly
Peter Shannon, Radius Capital
Angela Shi, Plug & Play Ventures

09.15 Bringing virtual reality to aviation
The changing face of flight training

Ryan Pulliam, Specular Theory

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?

Clay Healey, AIC Title Service

10.30 Lindbergh 2027 – one hundred years of aerospace innovation

Erik Lindbergh, The Lindbergh Foundation

10.50 Morning coffee

11.20 The latest developments in urban air mobility

Cyrus Sigari, jetAVIVA

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)?

Moderator: John Stack, Canaccord Genuity
Ron Epstein, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Jonathan Raviv, Citigroup
Shawn Vick, Global Jet Capital / AE Industrial Partners
Rolland Vincent, JETNET iQ

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

Moderator: Dean Donovan, DiamondStream Partners
Tom Hsieh, FLOAT Shuttle
Rob McKinney, Mokulele Airlines
Bruno Mombrinie, Metro Hop
Uma Subramanian. Aero Technologies

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

Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, Revolution.Aero
Tim Arel, FAA
Bill Goodwin, Skyryse
Clement Monnet, Voom, an Airbus Company
Rob Wiesenthal, Blade

17.00 How soon will new propulsion systems 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
Andrew Patton, ZeroAvia

17.40 Closing remarks