A Forum Series for Electric Propulsion of Aircraft will be held Tuesday, April 25, 2013, 8:00AM - 5:30 PM. Sponsored by ASTM Committee F37 on Light Sport Aircraft, the workshop will be held at the AERO Exhibition in Friedrichshafen Germany.
The objective of the forum is to bring the electric aircraft industry together - (a) regulators, (b) researchers, and (c)
manufacturers/designers - to lay a path for structured, regulatory acceptance of electrically propelled aircraft. With key
members of the industry collected, the forum will define the next steps to be taken in generating meaningful requirements to
promulgate safety of the new systems, while facilitating their implementation in a broad range, to propel technology and
product development towards useful electric flight.
The goal is to end the forum with clearer perspectives on:
(a) Technology and product developments achieved since the last forum
(b) Identification of product ranges where implementation of electric flight on a broader range is expected to happen
(c) Identification of gaps in the current product and technology certification basis
(d) Joint understanding of the priorities and logical sequence for the development of a meaningflul certification
(e) Joint understanding of the committees the be asked to commence with the development of a maningful certification
(f) Path forward and anticipated schedule
The first forum held in Spring 2012 in Lakeland / Florida provided an excellent overview on present activities concerning
electric flight, ranging from small and very light aircraft, through rotorcraft, unmanned and autonomous vehicles and General
Aviation and up to Large Commercial Aviation. Electric flight was discovered not only as electric generation of propulsion, but
also running of electric systems. The research side of the forum unveiled that development of electric flight does stop with
developing drop-in-replacement systems, but opens the door for completely revised and significantly optimized air vehicle
concepts. For many of the related challenges there are no standard available, which makes it difficult for regulators to routinely
certify them. Considering the highly cross-linked world-wide aviation business and markets, it is in the utmost interest of
everyone involved to start the age of this new technology with a harmonized basis.
Looking at what is achieved in Light-Sport Aircraft regulation and considering what is about to happen with the
restructuration of the certification basis for Part 23 General Aviation aircraft, the path anticipated at the last forum, to initiate
Industry Standardization activity becomes more and more compelling. With today?s available setup of Standardization
committees F37 Light-Sport Aircraft, F38 Unmanned Vehicles, F39 Aircraft Systems and F44 General Aviation, the family of
committees that is hosting the second forum presents a natural, readily installed and powerful platform to support the
Using the portfolio of real-world from industry doing meaningful first steps towards electric flight, a proper identification of
standardization needs with the correct priority attached will significantly help the industry to take off in an efficient way, with
adequate resources needs and in a very reasonable timeframe.