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Upcoming Webinar: The Role of Piston Hybrids in the Electrification of Flight

Thursday June 11, 2020. 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm U.S. Central Time

Revolutions in aircraft design typically follow revolutions in aerospace propulsion. Electrification is disrupting the design of new types of aircraft, creating opportunities for new markets, lower operating cost, reduced noise, and increased reliability. Designing an electric aircraft powertrain involves a complex tradeoff between mission, aircraft design, performance goals, and weight. New technologies bring new design rules with them, and the emergence of hybrids as an attractive powertrain architecture for many missions impacts the types of engines that are best suited for different applications. Battery packs and turbine hybrids have become the default choices for aircraft designers, but recent R&D suggests that there are compelling reasons for piston hybrids, especially ones using high-efficiency diesel engines, to play a significant role in the next 20 years of aerospace electrification. This technical forum will provide perspective from thought leaders in hybrid technology, battery packs, advanced diesel piston engines, and electric aircraft design.

Erik Lindbergh, Chairman, The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation

Dr. Pat Anderson, Director, Eagle Flight Research Center, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

Eric Bartsch, CEO, VerdeGo Aero

Dr. Don Hillebrand, Director, Energy Systems Division, Argonne National Laboratory

Chris Pollitt, Associate Vice President of Engineering, Continental Motors

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Dr. Donald Hillebrand

Director, Energy Systems Division
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Ben Marcus

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Dr. Pat Anderson

Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Director, Eagle
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Roland Gerhards

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