Electric Aircraft Symposium Set For Oshkosh

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Advances in electric flight have attracted lots of attention in recent years, and next month at EAA AirVenture the growing field will convene a World Symposium. The event will comprise a full week of activities related to electric-powered flight, with daily forums, displays, and showcase flights. A daylong symposium on Friday, July 30, will feature an open discussion about the future of electric flight with industry leaders including Scaled Composites founder Burt Rutan, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt, Electric Aircraft Corporation founder Randall Fishman, Yuneec founder Tian Yu, Sonex Aircraft founder John Monnett, and Earthstar Aircraft founder Mark Beierle, who displayed his eGull ultralight aircraft at AirVenture 2009. Erik Lindbergh, who earlier this year launched an Electric Aircraft Prize to encourage innovation in the field, will also participate.

Daily forums will focus on safety and airframes; motors, fuel cells, and propulsion; advanced batteries and controls; and regulations. The week will conclude with working sessions on Saturday, July 31. The World Symposium and the Aviation Learning Center are sponsored by GE Aviation Systems. If you'd like to register to attend the free symposium or participate in the event's forums or presentations, contact Kelly Meyer at EAA headquarters at kmeyer@eaa.org or 920-426-4800. EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010 will run from July 26 to Aug. 1 at Wittman Regional Airport.