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Electric Flight Symposium at EAA is Great Success

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Temperatures over 100 degrees did not dissuade the crowd which gathered in Innovations Hangar North for the two-day Electric Flight Symposium at AirVenture. The Lindbergh Foundation’s Aviation Green Alliance partnered with AeroInnovate to host the Symposium and the adjacent Innovation Hangar South which housed displays of the latest technological breakthroughs in aviation. EAA graciously provided the meeting facilities and logistics. For four hours each day, over 175 Symposium attendees listened to experts and innovators talk about the present and future of electric flight.

The first day was dedicated to Future Vision. The day began with a captivating presentation by John Petersen, professional futurist and Lindbergh Foundation board member. John helped the audience understand the exponential rate of change that technology is undergoing and gave us a glimpse of the future. During the first day we also heard from such notable speakers as Dr. Mark Maybury, Chief Scientist of the U.S. Air Force, who shared insights into the military’s research and development in electric flight, Bob Araujo, Manager of Sustainable Development at Sikorsky, Don Hillebrand, Director of the Center for Transportation Research at Argonne National Labs and Michael Dudley, Director of NASA Aeronautical Research Institute. We were also treated to the reflections and visions of Dr. Mort Grosser who was a member of the Gossamer Albatross team, and to the energy and enthusiasm of Chip Yates who, only a week before, had broken the world speed record for electric flight.

The theme of the second day was Breakthrough Technologies. We heard once again from Don Hillebrand about the current state of battery technology. We also heard from Mark Moore, Scientist at NASA Langley Research Center and developer of the Puffin. In the Q&A following Dr. Hillebrand and Mr. Moore’s presentations, the audience was treated to a lively point / counter-point debate. The second session of the day was an Ignite Presentation made up of electric aircraft entrepreneurs. During this time, the innovators gave quick presentations, accompanied by video and slides, of what their companies are developing. Igniters included Flight of the Century, e-volo, Sonex, Embry Riddle’s EcoEagle project, and Synergy.

During and after both sessions, participants had the unique opportunity to talk with these wonderful speakers. Despite the heat, speakers and attendees alike lingered long after the sessions had ended to continue their conversations. EADA (the Electric Aircraft Development Alliance, another Lindbergh Foundation program) met as part of the Symposium, and set its workplan deliverables for the rest of the year. AGA is very pleased with the success of this Symposium and is looking forward to a repeat of the event next year.

See the Presentation Materials Below

Beyond Aviation Ignite

Chip Yates Ignite

Chip Yates Presentation

Don Hillebrand Batteries

Don Hillebrand Future of Electric

Dr. Mark Maybury

e-volo Ignite

Lindbergh Foundation

Mark Moore


Blade Runner: 18-Rotor "Volocopter" Moving from Concept to Prototype

The Lindbergh Foundation's Wulff says the organization's judges felt e-volo had "a greater than 50 percent chance of succeeding, or they wouldn't have given them the innovation award." Asked if she would line up to fly one someday, she says, "I sure would. It looks very compelling to me."

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Can Electric Aircraft Take to the Skies?

Electric aircraft are breaking records and beginning to gain aviation industry interest


Dully whining electric motors may soon compete with roaring turbofans in the sky as battery-powered planes and helicopters take flight.

Aircraft are emerging as the new frontier in electric vehicles as new technology and market demand converge to drive development. More energy-dense batteries, lighter components and more efficient power electronics are making plug-in airplanes a realistic prospect. Talk of taxes on greenhouse gas emissions and more stringent noise regulations have sent engineers looking beyond pistons and turbines.

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The Lindbergh Foundation is deeply saddened by the passing of Astronaut Sally Ride on July 23, 2012.  In 1983, Sally Ride established her place in history by becoming the first American woman to blast off our planet and into space.  Having done that, she became a role model for many aspiring young people, particularly young women. Her enduring legacy on the planet has been set, however, by her work, leadership and inspiration as one of the strongest advocates for science, technology, engineering and math.  We have lost an incredible person who will be missed, but her accomplishments and life will continue to serve to motivate many.

It was indeed an honor to recognize Dr. Ride with the Foundation’s first Anne Morrow Lindbergh Award in 2003 for her outstanding achievement, spirit of initiative, and great dedication toward making positive contributions to our world.  


The Anne Morrow Lindbergh Award was created in honor of an extraordinary woman, who was a pioneer, pilot, parent, adventurer and author.  It was presented for the first time to Dr. Sally Ride, an equally extraordinary woman, pioneer, adventurer, and role model. Upon bestowing the Award, Reeve Lindbergh said, “We honor Dr. Ride not only for her outstanding achievements in the past, but also, and perhaps even more significantly, for her tremendously positive ongoing contributions to the future, for our children and for our world.”

Dr. Sally Ride was one of our nation's most beloved educators, scientists, as well as the first American woman to enter outer space.  She will be deeply missed.  


LGRs Fernandez-Juracic & Blackwell Research Highlighted in AvWeb

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In 2011, the Lindbergh Foundation provided grant funding for the continuation of research that Esteban Fernandez-Juricic, Ph.D. and Bradley F. Blackwell, Ph.D., conducted to discern the effects of the approach of objects and lighting treatment on bird behavior.

Their Lindbergh Grant was entitled, “Developing an Alternative Lighting System to Minimize Bird Collisions with Aircraft.”

Results from their earlier work was highlighted in an article that appeared in AvWeb on July 16. 

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AirVenture 2012 Electric Flight Symposium

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The Lindbergh Foundation, through its Aviation Green Alliance and the Electric Aircraft Development Alliance, is pleased to announce the following electric aviation events at AirVenture 2012

  • Electric Flight Symposium in partnership with AeroInnovate and EAA
  • Lindbergh Prize
  • Electric Aircraft Development Alliance meeting



From the people who hold the keys to the vaults of knowledge at NASA, DOE and the Air Force to the entrepreneurs and visionaries creating tomorrow’s breakthrough electric aircraft, this year’s Electric Flight Symposium will inform, engage and entertain AirVenture attendees with a wide range of compelling presentations.

Michael Dudley from the NASA Aeronautics Research Institute will describe NASA's program to make deliberate investments in innovative, early stage and potentially revolutionary aviation concepts and technologies.  Dr. Donald Hillebrand from Argonne National Labs will speak about bringing the costs of electric vehicle technology and components into parity with fossil fuel powered vehicles and deliver an insider’s report on electric battery development. Dr. Mark Maybury will share his unique perspective on the future of flight as the Chief Scientist of the Air Force.  NASA Innovator and Puffin designer, Mark Moore will bring the audience into the future of wind energy and personal air vehicles. Robert Araujo will speak about sustainable manufacturing and green technology initiatives at Sikorsky.

New this year is an Ignite Presentation during which electric aircraft innovators will present brief descriptions of their latest technologies. Speakers include electric motorcycle pioneer Chip Yates who will share his plans for the Flight of the Century - using today’s technology to retrace Charles Lindbergh’s historic 1927 New York to Paris flight in an electric aircraft. Alexander Zosel of e-volo (Lindbergh Prize winner at Aero 2012) will electrify the audience with a never before seen animated James Bond action video featuring a volocopter. John McGinnis of Synergy Aircraft will describe his successful kickstarter campaign and Synergy’s unique double box tail. 

The Lindbergh Foundation’s Aviation Green Alliance, in partnership with AeroInnovate and EAA, is excited to present the 2012 Electric Flight Symposium. The Symposium brings together experts in the field of electric flight to discuss the vision for the future as well as breakthrough technologies. Both sessions will have time for audience participation.

The Symposium will be held in Innovations Hangar North and is open to all AirVenture visitors. Below is the Symposium schedule and a list of confirmed speakers with biographies. Updates will be posted to


Symposium Schedule

Thursday, July 26 – Future Visions

9:00                  Welcome

9:15                  John L. Petersen, Futurist and Founder, The Arlington Institute

9:40                  Robert Araujo, Manager – Sustainable Development, Sikorsky

10:05                  Dr. Mark Maybury, Chief Scientist, U.S. Air Force

10:30                  Discussion and Break

10:50                  Dr. Morton Grosser, President MG Consulting; Gossamer Albatross team member and author of Gossamer Odyssey: The Triumph of Human-Powered Flight

11:15                  Chip Yates, Founder and CEO, Flight of the Century

11:40                  Discussion

11:55                  Michael Dudley, Director, NASA Aeronautics Research Institute

12: 20                  Dr. Don Hillebrand, Director, Center for Transportation Research, Argonne National Labs

12:45                  Discussion and Closing


EADA will hold a meeting immediately following the Thursday session.

Electric Aircraft Development Alliance Meeting

EADA will hold its next meeting on Thursday, July 26 at 1:00 pm in Innovations Hangar North. All interested parties are welcome to attend. An agenda will be posted in the near future.

EADA is an organization supported by an international alliance of electric flight stakeholders – from kit plane manufacturers to multinational corporations, from pilots to engineers to students, from amateurs to professionals. EADA’s mission is to advance the development of electric flight by promoting and facilitating the safety, interests and activities of electric aviation.

Friday, July 27 – Breakthrough Technologies

9:00                  Welcome

9:20                  Mark Moore, Scientist, NASA Langley Research Center

9:45                  Dr. Don Hillebrand, Director, Center for Transportation Research, Argonne National Labs

10:10                  Discussion and Break

10:30                  Ignite Presentation of Electric Aircraft Entrepreneurs

o      Chip Yates, Flight of the Century

o      Alexander Zosel, e-volo

o      Jeremy Monnett, Sonex

o      Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

o      John McGinnis, Synergy

o      Paul Petersen, Volta Volare

12:00                  Discussion

12:30                  Lindbergh Prize Award Presentation

12:45                  Closing



The tenth Lindbergh Prize will be awarded on Friday, July 27 at the Electric Flight Symposium. The Lindbergh Prizes are part of the LEAP Electric Flight Program, a Lindbergh Foundation program which is accelerating the development of the electric aircraft industry through a range of activities, from prizes to advocacy. Prior prizes have been awarded in the U.S. and in Europe for Innovation, Outstanding Achievement, Best Electric Aircraft and Quietest Aircraft.

Pre-registration is not required for the Symposium or the EADA meeting, and there is no charge to attend. If you have questions about the Symposium or the EADA meeting, please contact Yolanka Wulff, Executive Director of the Lindbergh Foundation, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .




Robert J. Araujo is the Manager of Sustainable Development and Environmental Health and Safety Programs for Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and responsible for developing a sustainable approach to manufacturing systems and programs. Prior to this, he served as Manager of Environmental Engineering for Sikorsky. According to Mr. Araujo, Sikorsky has been employing a comprehensive strategy for environmental management and sustainability to lead the rotorcraft industry in reducing energy consumption, protecting natural resources, and being a leader in sustainable initiatives and green technology.

Michael Dudley is Director (acting) of the NASA Aeronautics Research Institute (NARI). NARI’s mission is to establish and maintain a collaborative government, industry, and academia work environment with the aid of network based virtual conferencing technologies. This enables NASA Aeronautics Mission Directorate innovative seedling concepts for aviation to be developed through collaborative research activities. Successful concepts will help guide future NASA aeronautics research and generate new technologies.

Dr. Morton Grosser is a technology consultant and venture capital investor in Menlo Park, CA. He received 2 engineering degrees from M.I.T, a Ph.D. from Stanford and was a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral fellow at UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Grosser has been Director of the Boeing Scientific Research Laboratories and 7 corporations. He's written 8 books and more than 100 scientific and engineering papers and has 11 patents issued or pending. Notable: Dr. Grosser was a Gossamer Albatross team member with Dr. Paul MacCready (often referred to as the father of human powered flight and founder of AeroVironment) and wrote about the experience in Gossamer Odyssey: The Triumph of Human-Powered Flight.

Donald G. Hillebrand is the Director of the Center for Transportation Research at Argonne National Laboratory. He leads Argonne National Lab’s Transportation activities including Vehicle Systems and Hybrid Vehicle Development, Engine and Emissions Research, Material Research, Tribology, Thermal, and Life Cycle and Economic Analysis. Dr. Hillebrand is also the Section Manager of Transportation Technologies. In this position, he leads the Vehicle Systems Section of Argonne National Lab’s Center for Transportation Research. He leads the three groups that are responsible for advanced vehicle testing and evaluation, modeling and systems analysis, and hardware-in-the-loop development of hydrogen technologies.

Dr. Mark T. Maybury is Chief Scientist of the U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. He serves as chief scientific adviser to the Chief of Staff and Secretary of the Air Force, and provides assessments on a wide range of scientific and technical issues affecting the Air Force mission. In this role he identifies and analyzes technical issues and brings them to attention of Air Force leaders, and interacts with other Air Staff principals, operational commanders, combatant commands, acquisition, and science and technology communities to address cross-organizational technical issues and solutions. He also interacts with other services and the Office of the Secretary of Defense on issues affecting the Air Force in-house technical enterprise. He serves on the Steering Committee and Senior Review Group of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, or SAB. He also is the principal science and technology representative of the Air Force to the civilian scientific and engineering community and to the public at large.

Mark Moore performs conceptual design system studies of advanced concepts at NASA Langley Research Center. He has a Bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Cincinnati, a Master's degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Stanford University, and is completing his PhD in Aerospace System Design at Georgia Tech. He has worked for NASA performing conceptual design studies of advanced aircraft concepts for 25 years, with a focus on small powered-lift Personal and Unmanned Air Vehicles. He was the Manager of the NASA Vehicle Systems Program Personal Air Vehicle Sector, and currently specializes in electric propulsion synergistic integration in cooperative research with DARPA.

John L. Petersen is the President and Founder of The Arlington Institute. A provocative speaker, Mr. Petersen is considered by many to be one of the most informed futurists in the world. He is best-known for writing and thinking about high impact surprises—wild cards—and the process of surprise anticipation. His current professional involvements include the development of sophisticated tools for anticipatory analysis and surprise anticipation, long-range strategic planning and helping leadership design new approaches for dealing with the future. Mr. Petersen was a naval flight officer in the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserve and is a decorated veteran of both the Vietnam and Persian Gulf wars. In his spare time, Mr. Petersen built a Lancair IV-P.

Chip Yates is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Flight of the Century. Mr. Yates led a team of three volunteer aerospace engineers to create a 258 horsepower electric superbike which he rode at speeds over 200mph to eight official World Landspeed Records, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb World Record, Four AMA National Records and Four AMA National Championship Titles. He currently holds the official FIM and Guinness Book of World Records™ titles for “The World’s Fastest Electric Motorcycle”. He has now installed the same 258 horsepower motor into “the world’s most powerful electric aircraft,” a Burt Rutan designed Long EZ. Yates is a prolific inventor, with more than 8 issued patents including 3 on the Jeep Grand Cherokee, and more than 30 consumer products invented and brought to market including the trendsetting “Fliplash” flip-over toy car that Yates invented, prototyped, and brought to market. Yates also invented, patented and brought to market the world’s first dual-chambered fitness bottle, SWIGZ®.

Hero Worship - By Thomas B. Haines

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AOPA Pilot Magazine

July 2012 Volume 55 / Number 7


Hero worship

By Thomas B. Haines

We swapped Bonanza-owner stories in the back seat of the Lincoln Town Car, just as any two pilots might when they meet on a ramp somewhere. But I was pinching myself as Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong described his decision to move from a Bonanza to a Cessna 310, which he only recently sold and is now planning his next airplane purchase. I was happy to have him lead the conversation as I sat nearly speechless in awe of one of my childhood idols. I credit Armstrong and other Apollo astronauts with fostering my interest in aerospace that ultimately led me to a local airport at age 15 for an introductory flight. Weeks later I was in ground school and the following summer I soloed at age 16, later earning my private pilot certificate at age 17.

I remember sitting cross-legged in my pajamas as an 8-year-old on the steamy July 1969 night staring at our black-and-white TV as Armstrong stepped out of the Eagle lunar lander and onto the moon’s surface. My family and 600 million other people around the world watched that moment, one that would propel Armstrong onto the world stage in a way not seen since Charles Lindbergh made the first solo, nonstop crossing of the Atlantic 42 years earlier.

In fact, it was Lindbergh who caused our paths to cross on May 18, 2012, as we motored up Madison Avenue in New York City. Armstrong and I were both there to attend a dinner celebrating the thirty-fifth anniversary of the founding of the Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation.

Minutes earlier, I had exited a hotel on Park Avenue, planning to walk the nine blocks to the famed Explorers Club to attend the dinner. Instead I ran into John Petersen, a well-known futurist and Lindbergh board member. Petersen was tasked with escorting Armstrong and two of the other speakers, astronauts Gene Cernan and Jim Lovell, to the dinner. Two Town Cars were arranged for the short trip. Petersen asked if I would accompany Armstrong while he rode with the other two. Stunned, I almost turned him down. After all, what would I say in awe of the notoriously shy Armstrong?

But about then, the three space pioneers appeared in the doorway. We stood on the sidewalk gabbing about aviation and discovering, as pilots do everywhere, how many people we all know in common. All three astronauts, despite all being some 80 years old (Cernan is the youngest at 78), are still active GA pilots and AOPA members. Lovell loves the AOPA FlyQ Flight Planner, as it turns out. Both he and Cernan fly Cessna 421s.

As the door in the Lincoln closed, my fear of “what to say” returned for a moment. But I then brought out the question that I’ve found works as a conversation starter with any pilot. “So, what are you flying these days?”
One of Armstrong’s first GA airplanes was a Bonanza. Discovering our common thread, he opened up about his flying, relating what a joy it still is for him to fly his own airplane—left unsaid: Even after flying to the moon!

All too quickly, the driver pulled up to the Explorers Club and I hustled out to attempt to fend off paparazzi intent on snapping photos of the media-wary astronaut. Armstrong, however, had other ideas, and got right in the photographer’s face, telling him to be more respectful, and then blew by him into the club. He may be 81, but you wouldn’t know it to see him in action.

Later I had the chance to do a video interview with Cernan and Lovell, who shared their passion for GA flying and opined about the current U.S. manned space flight policy. Wallflowers, they are not! You can watch the video on AOPA Live.

My thanks to the Lindbergh Foundation for the chance to attend the dinner and meet three of my heroes. Learn more about the foundation at

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Speaking of Heroes

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By Mitch Jackson, Staff Vice President, FedEx Corp. | 6/21/12

"I think we're going to the moon because it's in the nature of the human being to face challenges. It's by the nature of his deep inner soul… we're required to do these things just as salmon swim upstream." Neil Armstrong

"There are people who make things happen, there are people who watch things happen, and there are people who wonder what happened. To be successful, you need to be a person who makes things happen." James Lovell

"We leave as we came and, God willing, as we shall return, with peace, and hope for all mankind." Eugene Cernan

A few weeks ago, I received a wonderful reminder of the importance of intrepid endeavors and the humanistic value they can bring.

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From EAA e-Hotline | 6/22/12:

For the fourth consecutive year at AirVenture, the UW-Oshkosh Business Success Center is organizing AeroInnovate, which highlights new technologies, entrepreneurs, emerging companies, and investment trends.

And this year it has partnered up with the Lindbergh Foundation's Aviation Green Alliance to host a variety of forums and exhibits as part of the two expanded Innovation Hangars - Alpha and Bravo (formerly the Children's Activity Hangar) located at the north end of the grounds between the Homebuilders Hangar and Homebuilders Headquarters.

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e-volo, the company that crafted the VC-1 16-blade ultralight helicopter last year, won the Lindbergh Prize for that accomplishment and for its ongoing development of the multi-rotor platform, with single, two-seat, and unmanned aerial vehicles in conceptual versions.

Read the full CAFE Foundation article here.

Special thanks to Kate Hotchkiss Taylor for contacting us and sharing the link to her article about the Lindberghs in North Haven as they prepared for their historic trip. 

Below is an excerpt from her article:

"An hour and a half before they took off, you could have walked across the Thoroughfare on the rowboats," wrote Ellen Pratt (1906 - 2000) of the day Anne Morrow and Charles Augustus Lindbergh left North Haven on what became the Great Circle Route to the Orient.

That was July 30th, 1931, described by Pratt as “a perfectly beautiful day.” Aviator hero Colonel Lindbergh and his pilot-navigator-radio operator wife Anne had just spent a respite at her family’s summer home surrounded by friends and relatives. The trip originated in Washington, D.C. The flight officially started in New York. For Anne and her fellow islanders, the true beginning of this startling journey was firmly anchored in the Fox Island Thoroughfare between two islands.

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