19 - 20 June 2018
Köln Messe, Cologne, Germany

Preliminary Conference Programme


Day 1 Day 2

Day 1: Tuesday 19 June

The Arrival of Urban Air Mobility

The electric VTOL revolution

Mike Hirschberg
Executive director
AHS International - The Vertical Flight Technical Society
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 50 companies are developing electric VTOL designs 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.

The value chain of urban air mobility

Andreas Thellmann
Project executive, economics of urban air mobility
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.

Lilium Jet - the world´s first fully electric vertical take off and landing jet

Dr Remo Gerber
Chief commercial officer
Lilium Aviation
Lilium, the German aviation company developing the world’s first all-electric jet capable of vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL), that has received over $100 million in funding to date. In April 2017 Lilium achieved a world first when the full size prototype successfully performed its most complicated manoeuvre - transitioning between hover mode and horizontal flight. The Lilium Jet’s electric jet engines are highly efficient and ultra-low noise, allowing it to operate in densely populated urban areas, while also covering longer distances at high speed with zero emissions. With the jet requiring no significant infrastructure, Lilium will be able to bring high speed transportation services to small cities and villages as well as large city centres for the first time. The Lilium Jet will be able to travel at up to 300 km per hour for one hour on a single charge - meaning an example 19 km journey from Manhattan to JFK Airport could last as little as five minutes. The jet’s economy and efficiency means flights are predicted to cost less than the same journey in a normal road taxi.

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

Florian Reuter
Chief executive officer
e-volo GmbH
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.

Autonomous aerial vehicle defines good order of urban air mobility

Derrick Xiong
Co-founder and chief marketing officer
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.

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

Diana Siegel
Programme manager, eVTOL aircraft
Aurora Flight Sciences
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.

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

Karthik Balakrishnan
Head of Project Altiscope
A3 by Airbus
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.

Regulatory aspects regarding drones supporting urban mobility

Yves Morier
Principal advisor to the flight standards director
European Aviation Safety Agency
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.

UTM traffic management activities at DFS

Ralf Heidger
DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH
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.
Please Note: This conference programme may be subject to change