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Review the 2020 Program
  • 0800 – 0900
    Engineering in the Production System
    • Walt Odisho Walt Odisho
      Vice President & General Manager, 737 Program and Renton Site, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
  • 0930 – 1100
    Forum 360: Sustainable Product Lifestyle - Integration Everywhere
    In today’s environment where emphasis is on innovation and affordability driven by digital transformation, it is paramount that the entire product lifecycle from conceptual design, engineering, testing, manufacturing, to in-service be considered and integrated. Join the discussion with experts from across an aircraft’s life. Hear about lessons learned and explore new opportunities directed on incorporation of the production system into the initial design concepts, thereby making sustainable, competitive products.
  • 0800 – 0900
    Plenary Session
  • 0930 – 1130
    Forum 360: NASA Aeronautics Shaping the New Era of Aviation

    Recent technology advances are coming together to enable breakthroughs in the speed and efficiency of transport aircraft and open new markets for smaller aircraft, from unmanned aircraft systems to new modes of passenger and cargo transport. 

    NASA Aeronautics 2020 strategic implementation plan lays out an approach to address growing demand for global air mobility, the major challenges of energy efficiency and environmental sustainability, and the opportunity for convergence between traditional aeronautical disciplines and technology advances in information, communications, energy and other rapidly evolving technologies. 

    Senior leaders from NASA Aeronautics will discuss strategic directions for sustainable growth in subsonic transports, the safe and efficient emergence of new small aircraft markets, the reemergence of the supersonic transport market, and the fully integrated airspace system in which they must co-exist.

    • Richard Wahls Richard Wahls
      Strategic Technical Advisor, Advanced Air Vehicles Program, NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate
    • Robert Pearce Robert Pearce
      Associate Administrator, Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, NASA
    • John Cavolowsky John Cavolowsky
      Director, Transformative Aeronautics Concepts Program, Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, NASA
    • Kenyon James A. Kenyon
      Director, Advanced Air Vehicles Program, Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, NASA
    • lee-noble Lee Noble
      Director, Integrated Aviation Systems Program, Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, NASA
    • sultan Akbar Sultan
      Director, Airspace Operations and Safety Program, Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, NASA
  • 1430 – 1600
    Forum 360: CFD2030 Aerospace Grand Challenges for Revolutionary CFD Capabilities
    As described in the CFD Vision 2030 report published in 2014, Grand Challenges “drive the identification and solution of the critical CFD barriers that would lead to a desired revolutionary CFD capability.” For this purpose, several initial Grand Challenges have been formulated to focus community attention and resources to address critical shortcomings in CFD predictive capability in key product and system categories. In this panel, a brief summary of the proposed Grand Challenges will be discussed, highlighting key technical obstacles and the quantified benefit to industrial product development in overcoming those obstacles. Panelists will then provide expert opinion on the design, execution, and importance of Grand Challenge efforts, and effective ways to engage the science and engineering communities to efficiently tackle these long-term focus activities.
    • Juan_Alonso_Photo Juan Alonso
      Vance D. and Arlene C. Coffman Professor, Aeronautics & Astronautics, Stanford University
  • 0800 – 0900
    Plenary Session
    • Tom Vice Tom Vice
      Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, Aerion Corporation
  • 0930 – 1100
    Forum 360: Need for Speed

    We are nearing a new era of commercial supersonic operation. The industry is collaborating across sectors to ensure the tools are ready to meet the mission for faster civilian travel.

    Whether technical, regulatory, environmental or manufacturing challenges, hear about the strategy to assess and solve these challenges to make speed a reality.

    • Peter_Coen Peter Coen
      Low Boom Flight Demonstration Mission Manager, Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, NASA
    • Gene Holloway Gene Holloway
      Chief Sustainability Officer and Executive Vice President, Environment & Sustainability, Aerion Supersonic
    • Peter Iosifidis Peter Iosifidis
      Low Boom Flight Demonstrator (X-59) Program Manager, Lockheed Martin Corporation
    • joelkirk Joel Kirk
      Executive Leader, Advanced Systems Design and Technology, GE Aviation
    • Kevin-Welsh Kevin Welsh
      Executive Director of the Office of Environment & Energy, FAA
  • 0930 – 1630
    Transformational Flight Certification Symposium
    The Transformational Flight Certification Symposium focuses on building type certification into the design of advanced aircraft. Attendees will learn about the FAA certification process and the role of ASTM, SAE, GAMA, and RTCA standards and guidelines in the certification process. The symposium will feature panelists from FAA offices, and leaders of standards committees discussing their roadmaps. A panel of advanced aircraft manufacturers will speak about their experiences working through product development toward design certification.

    "The Road from Dreams to Certification"
    0930 – 1030 EDT
    Panelist: Lowell Foster, Director of Global Innovation and Engineering, GAMA

    Foster will provide a realistic and useful guide to aircraft designers who are turning their dreams into a marketable product. This includes questions that the applicant needs to answer to define special conditions and certification plans for design, and operational approaches not presently covered under certification standards.

    “Certification for Electric and Advanced Aircraft: Lessons Learned and How-Tos”
    1030 – 1130 EDT
    Moderator: Wes Ryan, Unmanned and Pilotless Aircraft Technology Lead, 
    Policy & Innovation Division, FAA
    Panelists: Gary Horan, Propulsion Standards Staff, Electric/Hybrid-Electric Focal, Policy & Innovation Division, FAA
    David Jenson, Small Airplane Standards, Electric Propulsion Lead, Policy & Innovation Division, FAA
    Andy Supinie, Propulsion Standards Staff, Electric/Hybrid-Electric Focal Policy & Innovation Division, FAA

    The FAA perspective on certification on novel and emerging aircraft technologies and operations. Learn how to work with the FAA and get your aircraft certified and into service.

    "Manufacturers on Certification for Electric Aircraft"
    1130 – 1330  EDT
    Moderator: Lowell Foster, Director of Global Innovation and Engineering, GAMA
    Greg Bowles, Head of Government Affairs, Joby
    Patrick Darmstadt, Drive and Power Systems Engineer and Technologist at the Boeing Company 
    Andrew Gibson, President, ES Aero 
    Tom Gunnarson, Wisk
    Luciano Serra, Head of Systems Integrity, magniX
    Tine Tomazsic, Group CTO, Pipistrel Vertical Solutions 

    Manufacturers share their experiences introducing electric propulsion into operational aircraft, and the challenges they experienced with their civil aviation authorities around the world. They will also share their lessons, in which the civil aviation authorities have evolved their certification, and in some cases, regulatory framework, to address the new technologies. The manufacturers discuss the importance of building standards from which means-of-compliance can be established, and its effect on the manufacturing process.

    "Automation Certification Path"
    1400 – 1630 EDT
    Moderator: Wes Ryan, Unmanned and Pilotless Aircraft Technology Lead at Federal Aviation Administration
    Ella Atkins, Professor, Aerospace Engineering Department, University of Michigan
    Anna Dietrich, Consultant, Policy for Innovative General Aviation
    Noel Duerksen, Consultant
    Borja Martos, President, Flight Level Engineering
    David Sizoo, Project Manager, FAA 

    New research and work is being poured into increasing automation onboard aircraft toward future autonomy. How will autonomy be certified? Emergency autonomous autoland was slated for certification by the FAA in 2019. ASTM working group 377 is working on the Three Pillars of Autonomy to set a standardization path leading to certifiable avionics.  This panel will discuss these breakthroughs, what’s coming next, and how to work within these paths to lead a new design to certification.
    • wesryan Wes Ryan
      Unmanned and Pilotless Aircraft Technology Lead, Policy & Innovation Division, Aircraft Certification Service, FAA
  • 1430 – 1600
    Forum 360: Growing Today’s Workforce for Tomorrow’s Technology
    Aerospace is entering its next age, as increasing levels of autonomy lead to a fundamental transformation in how people and goods move. Enabling this future will require new skills, new thinking, and new approaches to aircraft design, airspace management, and the role of humans in the aviation ecosystem. The panel today will peer into that future, to anticipate the exciting changes that are expected in aerospace, followed by a conversation on the skills and expertise that will be needed in the next generation of aerospace professionals.
    • Irene Gregory Irene Gregory
      Senior Technologist, Advanced Control Theory and Application, NASA Langley Research Center
    • Jeanine Boyle Jeanine Boyle
      Vice President, Human Resources, Aurora Flight Sciences
    • Barry Butler P. Barry Bulter
      President, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
    • David Hamill David Hamill
      Director, Human Resources, and Lead, FAA Strategic Workforce Planning Initiative, FAA
    • Cindy Hasselbring Cindy Hasselbring
      Senior Policy Advisor, STEM Education, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President
    • kunz Peter Kunz
      Senior Chief Engineer, Unpiloted Systems, Engineering, Test & Technology, The Boeing Company, Chief Engineer, Boeing NeXt
  • 0800 – 0900
    Plenary Session
  • 0930 – 1100
    Forum 360: View From the Inside: The Promise of Electric Propulsion across the Aviation Spectrum
    Electric propulsion holds the promise of cleaner and quieter skies and more economical aircraft operations. It also appears to be the solution to opening the third dimension of urban mobility. Whether for personal transportation, commuter air travel, or large carrier operations, this panel will explore what the near term future is for electric propulsion and gaze into the crystal ball of our future by the people who are developing, testing, and deploying electric powered aircraft.
    • steven barrett Steven Barrett
      Director, MIT Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment , and Lead, MIT Electric Aircraft Initiative, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • Starr_Ginn Starr Ginn
      Advanced Air Mobility National Campaign Lead, NASA
    • Ed Lovelace Ed Lovelace
      Technical Fellow, High Power Electrical Systems, Aurora Flight Sciences, A Boeing Company
    • gregmcdougall Greg McDougall
      Founder & CEO, Harbour Air
    • LucianoSerra Luciano Serra
      Head of Systems Integrity , magniX
  • 1430 – 1630
    Forum 360: View from Technology: A National Blueprint for Advanced Aerial Mobility
    • Ella Atkins Ella Atkins
      Professor, Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan
    • Atherton Carty Atherton Carty
      Director, Enterprise Technology Roadmaps, Lockheed Martin Advanced Development Programs
    • Nick Lappos Nick Lappos
      Senior Technical Fellow, Advanced Technology, Sikorsky, A Lockheed Martin Company , Chair, Committee on Enhancing Air Mobility, National Academy of Engineering
    • Paul McDuffee Paul McDuffee
      Business Development Executive, Boeing HorizonX
    • C. samaras Constantine "Costa" Samaras
      Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
    • Peter_Shannon_Photo Peter Shannon
      Founder, Managing Director, Radius Capital
  • 0800 – 0900
    COVID-19 and Civil Aviation Markets: A Bit Like Falling Off a Cliff, Only Without the Nice View
    Hear from Richard Aboulafia, an aerospace industry authority on market forecasting, on how civil aviation is and will be affected by the pandemic downturn. What are the long-term consequences? What will the recovery look like? Will the public sector be able to keep programs and concepts for advanced technologies and systems going, post-pandemic? Richard will share his latest analysis based on the latest industry data.
  • 0930 – 1100
    Forum 360: “Sometimes you will never know the value of something, until it becomes a memory.”
    “Sometimes you will never know the value of something, until it becomes a memory.”
    How can we capture the knowledge, messaging, vision, and inspiration that has transpired during the forum, and understand the impact on the future of air transportation? How do we create continuity and continue the conversation? Join the 2020 AIAA AVIATION Forum’s Executive Steering Committee in a town-hall format Forum 360 to explore where we have been this week and where we are going.


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