19 - 20 June 2018
Köln Messe, Cologne, Germany

All Streams are across 2 days

As populations in megacities continue to grow, the existing traffic situation will become increasingly demanding. Personal airborne transportation systems (PATS) and autonomous aerial vehicles capable of transporting people will quickly transition from being executive and VIP systems to being transport solutions potentially as popular as the car has been.

Projects and trials are already taking place around the world, with major aviation manufacturers, automotive manufacturers, city planners and technology companies all showing a keen interest.

In this dedicated conference stream, over 30 speakers will present and discuss radical new urban mobility concepts and solutions that will take transportation in cities to the third_dimension. They will also examine how these personal airborne transportation systems will fit into the urban landscape, who will be the main players and pioneers, and what effect this highly disruptive new mode of urban transport will eventually have on cities of the future.

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Conference Programme



Day 1: Tuesday 19 June

Offenbachsaal - Level 1 The Arrival of Urban Air Mobility

Moderator

Mike Hirschberg
Executive director
Vertical Flight Society
USA

09:25

The electric VTOL revolution

Mike Hirschberg
Executive director
Vertical Flight Society
USA
Over the past five years, there has been a groundswell of interest in electric and hybrid-electric-powered vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft for personal air vehicles, urban air taxis and even military missions. Electric VTOL obviates the need for mechanical power transmission, allowing new aircraft design freedom through approaches such as distributed electric propulsion. More than 65 electric VTOL designs are being developed today, with many now in advanced stages of flight testing. This presentation will detail the status of the electric VTOL revolution to date, and analyse trends for the future.

09:50

The value chain of urban air mobility

Andreas Thellmann
Project executive, economics of urban air mobility
Airbus
GERMANY
The vision of Airbus for urban air mobility is to enable urban transportation in the third dimension for everyone by providing a convenient, safe and affordable service solution. This presentation gives a comprehensive overview of the entire value chain of urban air mobility and highlights the biggest challenges for the technical and economic domains. Furthermore, the interactions between the different value blocks are discussed. An outlook is given on what the future of urban travel in the third dimension could look like.

10:15

eVTOL – the promise of large-scale, on-demand urban air mobility

Diana Siegel
Programme manager, eVTOL aircraft
Aurora Flight Sciences
USA
eVTOL aircraft promise an entirely new form of urban mobility by taking transportation to the air. Flying instead of travelling on the ground is not a new idea. However, it took the convergence of several technologies to bring this idea within reach: high-performance electric powertrains, vehicle autonomy and ubiquitous connectivity. Although the technology has come a long way, several challenges remain. To fulfil the promise of large-scale transportation, eVTOLs will need to operate at levels of autonomy beyond today’s transport aircraft or cars. Aurora Flight Sciences has been developing the underlying technologies over the course of several programmes, including the Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System (AACUS) or the robotic co-pilot.

10:40 - 11:20

Break

11:20

Autonomous, on-demand shared mobility – up in the air

Florian Reuter
Chief executive officer
Volocopter GmbH
GERMANY
The ever-growing demand for mobility in the megacities of today leaves only one solution: going up in the air and making use of the free lower airspace. Battery-powered, quiet, super-safe drone technology will finally allow the dream of flying for everyone to become a reality within five years. Integrated into the public transport system, the autonomous air taxi gives great flexibility not only to passengers, but also to the municipality, as they can function as on-demand infrastructure.

11:45

On-demand mobility

Scott Drennan
Head of innovation
Bell
USA
Above and beyond flight. Bell has been moving people over urban obstacles for decades with traditional rotorcraft. Now the company is expanding the scope of air travel and aviation technology to advance life’s conveniences. Early this year, Bell unveiled its Air Taxi concept and passenger experience, along with innovations that will transport people, food and logistics. This presentation will discuss the vehicle design, infrastructure and regulations, and the vision to overcome the barriers of a future when on-demand, affordable, urban air transportation is a reality.

12:10

Autonomous aerial vehicle defines good order of urban air mobility

Derrick Xiong
Co-founder and chief marketing officer
EHang
CHINA
When people head into the new world of urban sky, it’s time to rethink what kind of flying vehicle and mechanism can lead us to a better order of urban mobility than today. With this question, the presentation will introduce EHang184, the world’s first autonomous aerial vehicle, globally launched at CES in early 2016, leading the emerging industry of urban air mobility with a trillion RMB-level market. EHang184 sticks to three core technical concepts: absolutely safe by design; automation, sync flight management platform; committed to delivering a safe, eco-friendly, smart solution for urban aerial transport in good order.

12:35 - 14:00

Lunch

Moderator

Tony Robinson
CEO and founder
UKi Media & Events
UK

14:00

How can we build infrastructure for a future that we can’t easily predict?

Karthik Balakrishnan
Head of Project Altiscope
A3 by Airbus
USA
The presentation will discuss what the skies might look 30-40 years from now, and how we can solve the challenge of building fundamental infrastructure for applications for missions that we want to enable today as well as those that can't even be imagined yet. The speaker will look back to the development of the internet and see how we can pull lessons from the way that it was built and architected to be flexible and grow with technological advances. He will also draw parallels to questions being asked during the development of systems for autonomous flight.

14:25

Kitty Hawk Cora and challenges for the air taxi market

Tom Gunnarson
Regulatory affairs lead
Kitty Hawk Corporation
USA
There is a vast array of elements that comprise the air taxi market using eVTOL aircraft. The introduction of the Kitty Hawk Cora, a self-operated passenger-carrying electric aircraft, will lead to a vehicle in service for efficiently transporting people over the urban sprawl. Defining and addressing how such an operation will take place requires a broad spectrum of authorities, industry and the public to agree on safety requirements and acceptable procedures. This presentation will explore some of the methods, opportunities and challenges in bringing together stakeholders who will create precedent-setting standards for this emerging global marketplace.

14:50

Regulatory aspects regarding drones supporting urban mobility

Yves Morier
Principal advisor to the flight standards director
European Aviation Safety Agency
GERMANY
This presentation will outline the state of play in the European regulatory framework for drones, focusing on the open and specific categories (e.g. operation of small drones). The presentation will outline further regulatory developments such as the work on standards, the drafting of an NPA in the certified category (e.g. operations of large and complex drones) and the preparation of regulations for drone traffic management (unmanned aircraft traffic management or u-space in Europe). The presentation will conclude with the spin-offs of drone technology from manned aviation.

15:15 - 15:55

Break

15:55

UTM traffic management activities at DFS

Ralf Heidger
VE/U
DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH
GERMANY
The presentation will discuss the drone market and air navigation service providers (ANSPs); the European context of U-Space; drone-related activities of DFS as an ANSP; UTM evolution; U:CON project of DFS and Deutsche Telekom; some achievements and results of the project; further prospects for enabling drone operations business.

16:20

Weather for urban air mobility – effects and techniques

Dr Manuela Sauer
Meteorological research scientist
Aurora Flight Sciences - a Boeing Company
SWITZERLAND
Flying small vehicles, such as eVTOLs, in an urban environment requires good knowledge of the local conditions. This includes fine spatial awareness and timely scales of weather information that are beyond the capabilities of today's weather service providers. Thus, there is a need for understanding specific urban weather characteristics and establishing a meteorological infrastructure in support of urban air travel to enable setup and provision of an efficient mobility system. Sharing of such environmental information in the system and the integration of it in guidance and control systems on board the vehicles are keys for safe operations.

16:45 - 17:15

Panel Discussion

Will autonomous aerial vehicles/air taxi’s be private ownership for high net individuals, shared economy model for ride sharing, public transport?

Moderator:

Mike Hirschberg
Executive director
Vertical Flight Society
USA

Panelists:

Andreas Thellmann
Project executive, economics of urban air mobility
Airbus
GERMANY
Derrick Xiong
Co-founder and chief marketing officer
EHang
CHINA
Florian Reuter
Chief executive officer
Volocopter GmbH
GERMANY
Scott Drennan
Head of innovation
Bell
USA
Diana Siegel
Programme manager, eVTOL aircraft
Aurora Flight Sciences
USA

Day 2: Wednesday 20 June

Offenbachsaal - Level 1 Enabling Technology & Overcoming the Challenges for Urban Air Mobility

Moderator

Darrell Swanson
Principal consultant
AviaSolutions and a board member of the British Aviation Group
UK

09:00

Electric aviation – the vehicle and infrastructure challenge

Darrell Swanson
Principal consultant
AviaSolutions and a board member of the British Aviation Group
UK
In this presentation we will examine the key characteristics of fixed-wing electric aircraft and EVTOL and assess their operating characteristics against current and future aviation infrastructure. Drawing on previous presentations, we summarise the operating economics of electric aviation route potential and ask the question, “Can we afford the vertiport infrastructure needed to support EVTOL flights sustainably?” We will look at fixed-wing electric aircraft and specifically the challenge of the last 50 miles and the cost of operating at various airports for these aircraft. Additionally we ask the question, “Do electric aircraft need to access hub airports?”

09:25

Urban air mobility: real-world lessons

Clement Monnet
COO
Voom, an Airbus company
USA
The urban air mobility movement has gained an immense amount of momentum in a short period of time. At Voom and Airbus, we too believe that urban air travel will be a major part of the future transportation equation. That said, there are many questions around the market's viability. Is there demand for short-haul air travel? What is the right vehicle configuration? How will the regulatory environment respond? Airbus is taking an experimental approach with Voom, with a goal of answering these questions. Clement will share what has been learned from operating one of the first global urban air mobility companies.

09:50

Regulatory challenges for urban air mobility

Gerhard Deiters
Lawyer/partner
BHO Legal
GERMANY
Everyone is talking about urban air mobility in general and drone taxis in particular. In the general perception, passenger transport by drone taxis is not a question of whether or not, but of when and how. However, amongst other things, the current legal framework itself has to evolve, regulatory requirements for the certification of urban traffic management systems have to be established and liability/insurance issues have to be solved, before business can take off. The presentation provides a brief overview of the current legal framework and the legal/regulatory challenges ahead.

10:15

The challenges of regulating flying taxis

Paul Rigby
CEO
Consortiq
UK
Urban air mobility has huge benefits in Industry 4.0 but flying robots need to play nicely with aeroplanes and helicopters. Big data and AI can be used to take a dynamic, real-time, performance-based regulatory approach enabling a paradigm shift in how we currently regulate air traffic.

10:40 - 11:20

Break

11:20

Mobile networks speed up low-altitude airborne traffic

Dr Michael Lipka
Researcher
Huawei European Research Institute
GERMANY
Developments of current drones are just a step towards intensive air traffic at low altitudes including cargo and surveillance drones as well as autonomous passenger eVTOLs. A UTM ensuring safe air traffic utilising air space resources effectively is essential and cannot realised by traditional air traffic control systems. LTE 4G networks can already provide the capability to support drone control, tracking and HD video transmission but it will reach its limits in mass application. Therefore a future-proof 5G cellular radio network, offering safety-relevant low latency and enough bandwidth to support entertainment applications in 'flying taxis' is proposed.

11:45

NexTerm – a global innovation collaborative ecosystem for air travel

Jim Robinson
Managing director
Pegasus Aviation Advisors
FRANCE
The presentation will offer a briefing on the NexTerm initiative – a global innovation collaborative ecosystem designed to bring together early adopter airports, airlines, government authorities and technology providers to address trends in technology advancement such as blockchain technology, cloud computing, hyper-personalised connectivity, robotics and autonomous vehicles, the Internet of Things and other emerging technologies. The objective of NexTerm is to develop end-to-end urban mobility and air transport outcomes that streamline the traveller’s experience. The focus will be on the opportunities and challenges in leveraging digital technology, addressing: multi-airport/airline collaboration challenges; future-proofing the planning and development process; from proof of concept to delivery.

12:10

Air taxis at airports: shaping future multimodal hubs

Arturo Garcia-Alonso
Senior management consultant, airport operations
Munich Airport International GmbH
GERMANY
The air taxi concept is experiencing a phenomenal development that will change the transportation industry as we know it. To expedite a safe, secure, reliable and sustainable implementation, the aviation industry needs to overcome a number of operational and regulatory challenges. Air taxi customers are expecting seamless multimodal exchange and fast transition from local to international travel markets; therefore, an effective air taxi – airport integration offers great advantages. This presentation provides an overview of challenges, opportunities and solutions to integrate air taxi operations at airports, based on conceptual analysis at different locations worldwide.

12:35 - 13:50

Lunch

Moderator

Darrell Swanson
Principal consultant
AviaSolutions and a board member of the British Aviation Group
UK

13:50

Finding the power for the electric revolution

Dr Steve Wright
Senior lecturer, avionics and aircraft systems
University of the West of England
UK
Electrical storage and power technologies have made a breakthrough in capability to create a new industry of unmanned aerial vehicles, and the usage envelope has expanded such that personal transport systems are being proposed. However, the very technology that made this breakthrough conceivable is its major weakness: hydrocarbon fuels have provided a gift to the engineer for nearly two centuries now, and the energy storage capacity is proving hard to beat. We have the power, but where will the energy come from? This talk will review the scientific underpinnings of this question, and the technologies that might provide the answers.

14:15

Hydrogen fuel cell and battery hybrid system for aviation applications

Prof Josef Kallo
Head of energy systems integration
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)
GERMANY
Urban air mobility becomes very interesting for individual transport by introducing new electric, low-noise, propeller-driven propulsion systems. The electrical energy needed is strongly limited by battery system technology and weight. At the DLR battery hybrids – including a hydrogen fuel cell system – show interesting potential for efficient, high-energy storage components. This presentation will show the improvement during the last 12 months of development and discuss future potential.

14:40 - 15:20

Break

15:20

FLEXCRAFT – V-TOL hybrid aircraft for flexible operation

José Rui Marcelino
CEO
Almadesign Lda
PORTUGAL
FLEXCRAFT is a VTOL aircraft concept to support passenger and logistics markets. The project focuses on developing three technological building blocks addressing mobility challenges for the future: Flight and Operation, including VTOL capability and hybrid electric propulsion; Versatility and Usability, including innovative multimodal interfaces and disruptive interior design approaches and; Materials and Production Processes, to enable low-cost production technologies. FLEXCRAFT consortium includes Industry partners and R&D institutes – Almadesign, Embraer Portugal, IST, INEGI, SETsa and support from Embraer - in the fields of industrial design and mobility, aeronautical engineering, process engineering and aircraft manufacturing.

15:45

Distributed propulsion – electric aviation going forward

Robert Vergnes
Chairman
Neva Aerospace
UK
Robert Vergnes, chairman and CEO of Neva Aerospace, the original inventor of 3D distributed propulsion in 2009 and static thrust electric turbines (high-efficiency electric ducted fans) will provide an insight into the advance of electric propulsion systems for UAV/UAS and MAV using distributed propulsion and electric turbines. As a myth buster, Robert will provide clarity on the differences and limitations of electric propellers, caged propellers and turbines, then what can be expected in the near future for aero-in-city transportation, and finally an overview of the long-term technological challenges and opportunities for the industry.

16:10 - 16:40

Panel Discussion

What impact will AAV’s have on urban congestion and what are the biggest hurdles to their adoption?

Moderator:

Darrell Swanson
Principal consultant
AviaSolutions and a board member of the British Aviation Group
UK

Panelists:

Tom Gunnarson
Regulatory affairs lead
Kitty Hawk Corporation
USA
Dr Manuela Sauer
Meteorological research scientist
Aurora Flight Sciences - a Boeing Company
SWITZERLAND
Arturo Garcia-Alonso
Senior management consultant, airport operations
Munich Airport International GmbH
GERMANY
Seyed Mohseni
CEO and founder
Samad Aerospace - Starling Jet
UK
Charles Mander
Head of innovation
Dutch Railway (NS Rail)
NETHERLANDS
Please Note: This conference programme may be subject to change