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CAFE Symposium Set For April

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The 8th annual CAFE Electric Aircraft Symposium is coming up April 25 and 26 in Santa Rosa, Calif., and organizer Brien Seeley told AVweb this week, "This will be a chock-full program, probably our best ever." The symposium brings together leaders in a variety of technical fields who are exploring ways to transform aviation, exploring ideas including not only electric propulsion but autonomous systems, quiet propeller designs, hybrid engines, high-energy-density batteries, fuel cells, solar-powered aircraft, nanotechnology and more.

The program and other details are posted on the CAFE website, where more presenters and other updates will continue to be posted as the event draws closer. When we spoke this week, Seeley said he was still talking with several "eye-popping" presenters who he hopes to announce soon, who will bring impressive resumes to the show. He added that two or three prototype electric aircraft may be on display for the weekend, but those appearances won't be confirmed until closer to the symposium date. He also said registrations already are running higher than usual this year, which he attributes to growing interest in the new technologies explored at the event.

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