AIAA AVIATION FORUM – Day 4 (June 18, 2020)
Forum Theme: We Get You Here, There and Now Everywhere
Day 4 Theme: Commercial Mobility
Today's theme, commercial mobility, is interesting in that it is easy to jump to your own interests or perhaps to your own place in the industry. One could be forgiven to instantly think, Urban Air Mobility, But if you're from the large civil transport segment of the industry, you probably look at the evolving technologies that address aviation's environmental impacts and affordability. Today's Plenary Address and Forum 360 Panels covered the range of what we do in commercial mobility – from the Airbus A350 to Harbour Air's float plane fleet. How one, the A350 is being used as a testbed for autonomous flight and how Harbour Air's float planes are being converted to the world's first all-electric fleet. It's almost as if the Aviation Forum is a teaser for the myriad of exciting opportunities in our industry in R&D, product design and development, test & evaluation, operations and strategic planning, and policy/regulation. AIAA remains your Institute and the place to convene and meet with people across the breadth of our industry.
Day 4 Top Three Take-Aways:
Quote of the Day: "We've had an 80% downturn on air travel during the COVID-19 crisis. It forces you to ask - what is airspace really about? We connect the world. We transport people and goods faster and farther than any other means. The combination of pace at which aviation can deliver across great distances will ensure a great future for air travel." – Grazia Vittadini, Chief Technology Officer, Airbus