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Uber Elevate Summit 2018

Thank you for attending the 2nd Annual Uber Elevate Summit in Los Angeles, CA hosted at the Skirball Center! This year's Elevate Summit brought together 750+ of the world's foremost on-demand aviation leaders from across industry, government, and academia

Uber Elevate Summit 2018 Highlights

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May 8th, Tuesday

Welcome from Summit Emcee and video address from Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti

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Nikhil Goel
Head of Product, Aviation
Uber
Eric Garcetti
Mayor
City of Los Angeles

Uber Elevate leadership will welcome 700+ of the world's foremost aviation leaders in industry, government, and academia to discuss our vision for how urban aviation will help cities become smarter, better, and more efficient. We’ll showcase major advancements unfolding across the urban aviation industry, exploring themes of urban mobility, technological progress across aircraft and battery systems, airspace management, operations, and product at scale.

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Jeff Holden
Chief Product Officer
Uber

Learn about all of the substantial progress taken place in the past year, as eVTOL aircraft development emerged into the mainstream of aerospace and aviation activity.

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Mark Moore
Director of Engineering, Vehicle Systems
Uber
Rob McDonald
Head of Vehicle Engineering Team
Uber

Bell announced its intent to enter the on-demand urban aviation market at the first Uber Elevate Summit in April 2017. Since then, Bell has rebranded as an aerospace leader embracing all forms of vertical lift, including passenger urban air taxis Uber expects to operate on the Elevate Network in the years ahead. Hear from Bell's EVP of Technology & Innovation, Mr. Michael Thacker, who directly oversees this division, as he talks about developments since last year's Summit and what this transformation means for their future in urban aviation.

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Michael Thacker
EVP, Innovation and Technology
Bell

Embraer announced its partnership with Uber to develop aircraft for the Uber Elevate Network at the first Uber Elevate Summit in April 2017. Since then, the company has founded EmbraerX, a Silicon Valley based outpost that exclusively focuses on new aviation technologies, including eVTOL aircraft that will operate on Uber's Elevate Network. Hear from Embraer's CEO Mr. Paulo Cesar de Souza e Silva about this new development and how it will accelerate the company's progress as it enters the urban air mobility space.

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Paulo Cesar de Souza e Silva
CEO
Embraer

Aurora Flight Sciences announced its partnership with Uber to build aircraft for the Uber Elevate Network at the first Elevate Summit in April 2017. Since then, Aurora has joined forces with the great minds at Boeing through a November 2017 acquisition, accelerating progress in the on-demand aviation market. Hear from Aurora CEO Mr. John Langford about progress over the last year and Aurora/Boeing's plans as they bring VTOL aircraft to life.

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John Langford
President and CEO
Aurora Flight Sciences, A Boeing Company

Pipistrel announced its partnership with Uber to build aircraft for the Uber Elevate Network at the first Elevate Summit in April 2017. Hear from Pipistrel Director of R&D Tine Tomazic, about progress over the last year, as well as Pipistrel's plans for 2020 and beyond.

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Tine Tomazic
Director of R&D
Pipistrel

Abe Karem is a pioneer in VTOL technology, with decades of experience designing flying concepts including the Predator drone and A160 Hummingbird. His newest invention - The Butterfly - represents an adaptation of optimum speed rotor technology pioneered at Karem Aviation, our newest vehicle partner in the Uber Elevate Network. Abe is joined by Karem President Ben Tigner and Uber Elevate executive leader Eric Allison for this conversation about Karem's future.

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Eric Allison
Head of Aviation
Uber
Abe Karem
Founder and Chairman
Karem Aircraft
Ben Tigner
CEO
Karem Aircraft

Scaling eVTOL manufacturing will require building composite airframes at unprecedented rates. Icon Aircraft, in 2017, has gone from from zero composite manufacturing capacity to a brand-new, 300,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art, carbon fiber aircraft structures manufacturing facility less than a year and has set some ambitious manufacturing targets for 2018. Along the way, CEO Kirk Hawkins, has learned a number of lessons that will be critical for the Elevate ecosystem to scale quickly in the coming years.

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Kirk Hawkins
CEO
Icon Aircraft
Eric Allison
Head of Aviation
Uber

Join us in the Taper Courtyard for an UberEats inspired lunch with a number of LA's top Eats restaurants!

Uber has taken the stance that every single vehicle will be all-electric from Day 1; it won't be easy, but we're investing heavily here because we believe it's within reach, and we’re pushing very hard on battery and fast-charging tech, working with the best companies in the space.

Learn about the most important considerations for an aviation battery pack, and how we plan to go beyond requirements for automotive and consumer electronic battery packs.

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Celina Mikolajczak
Director of Engineering, Battery Systems
Uber

The electrification of fleet transportation operations is increasing demand on urban power distribution grids; learn firsthand how utilities and other leaders in the electrification ecosystem are prepared to manage these new demands as urban air mobility creates its own unique challenges.

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Adam Gromis
Head of Sustainability
Uber
Simon Lonsdale
Chief Strategy Officer
ChargePoint
Rick Azer
Associate Vice President
Black and Veatch
Sergej Mahnovski
Director of Growth and Innovation
Edison International
Nancy Sutley
Chief Sustainability Officer
LADWP

ChargePoint, at the first Uber Elevate Summit in April 2017, announced their partnership with Uber to build chargers for the Uber Elevate Network. Hear from ChargePoint's CEO Mr. Pasquale Romano about progress made since then as well as exciting plans for the future.

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Pasquale Romano
President and CEO
ChargePoint

Secretary Chao has been at the regulatory forefront of a wide range of mobility revolutions, including Autonomous Vehicles. Her welcome address will explore the DOT's principles for regulating and enabling aviation technology.

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Elaine Chao
Secretary of Transportation
United States of America

Dan Elwell, Acting Administrator of the FAA.

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Dan Elwell
Acting Administrator
Federal Aviation Administration
Jeff Holden
Chief Product Officer
Uber

Elevate's mission to help support the transformation to smart cities is a global one. Local governments from across the world are working creatively on how to use technology to improve the lives of their residents. This session will hear from some of the leading policy innovators on their current work and future visions.

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Justin Erlich
Head of Policy, Aviation
Uber
Chris Leck
Director of Future Division
Singapore Ministry of Transport
Adrienne Lindgren
Manager, Economic Policy & UAS Integration
LA Mayor's Office
Dr. Chris Walach
Senior Director
Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS)
Gillian Gillett
Director of Transportation Policy
San Francisco Mayor's Office

Elevate plans to introduce scaled eVTOL operations in and around urban areas. The airspace will also be busy with traditional air traffic as well as other new entrants. Tom will outline our approach to managing aircraft on the Elevate network at scale and coordinating operations with other users of the airspace.

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Tom Prevot
Director of Engineering, Airspace Systems
Uber

NASA has been critical to helping form this new urban air mobility industry, and in 2017 Uber signed its first Space Act Agreement to collaborate on UTM and airspace management. Since then, NASA has had a number of developments in the UAM space -- come hear Associate Administrator Dr. Jaiwon Shin discuss progress to date and upcoming initiatives.

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Dr. Jaiwon Shin
Associate Administrator for the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate
NASA
Eric Allison
Head of Aviation
Uber

This panel will discuss how industry and government are working together to clearly define the concepts and technologies that will allow users to safely share the airspace.

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Tom Prevot
Director of Engineering, Airspace Systems
Uber
Parimal Kopardekar
Senior Technologist for Air Transportation
NASA
Ben Marcus
Chairman
Airmap
Susan Roberts
GE
Jennifer Richter
Partner
Akin Gump

Since the 2017 Elevate Summit, over $1B of private sector investment has been made in the on-demand aviation ecosystem, supporting several high profile VTOL fundraising events and aerospace M&A activity. Join this panel discussion to hear global private equity, venture capital, and institutional investors talk about investments made, additional opportunities they see, and ways they predict capital will continue flowing into this sector in the months and years ahead.

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Wyatt Smith
Head of Business Development, Aviation
Uber
Michael Ronen
Managing Partner
Softbank Investment Advisors
Maryanna Saenko
Venture Investor
Draper Fisher Jurvetson
Srini Ananth
Investment Manager
Intel Capital
Christian Noske
Managing Director
Alliance Ventures
Nikhil Goel
Head of Product, Aviation
Uber

Join us in the main courtyard for dinner and drinks under the stars at the Skirball Center.

May 9th, Wednesday

Uber is changing how people move around cities. This talk will explore the growth trends that cities are facing and the challenges of moving away from personal car ownership. It will share Uber's vision for the future of mobility and cities over the next decade, the role of Elevate, and the potential impact if we can achieve it.

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Justin Erlich
Head of Policy, Aviation
Uber

Uber is changing how people move around cities. This talk will explore the growth trends that cities are facing and the challenges of moving away from personal car ownership. It will share Uber's vision for the future of mobility and cities over the next decade, the role of Elevate, and the potential impact if we can achieve it.

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Justin Erlich
Head of Policy, Aviation
Uber

How aviation technology and new mobility solutions will transform cities.

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Timothy Reuter
Head of Drones and Tomorrows Airspace
World Economic Forum
Seleta Reynolds
General Manager
LA DOT
Michael Scheibenreif
Drone Corridor Lead
Unicef
Joshua Schank
Chief Innovation Officer
LA County Metro
Andrew Lohn
Drone Researcher
RAND
Rick Sherlock
President & CEO
Association of Air Medical Services
Track 1: Vehicles & Battery
10:00 am
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Guerin Pavilion
Panel:Elevate UAM Mission, eVTOL Requirements and Common Reference Models

Summary UAM mission requirements will be shared with objectives focused on achieving low direct operating cost and community noise, with high safety - along with the eCRM context for ensuring requirement feasibility.

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Mark Moore
Director of Engineering, Aircraft Systems
Uber
Adam Warmoth
Vehicle Systems Analyst
Uber
Ian Villa
Vehicle Strategic Modeling Lead
Uber
10:35 am
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Guerin Pavilion
Introduction: Battery & Energetics
Celina Mikolajczak
Director of Engineering, Battery Systems
Uber
11:10 am
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Haas 171 & 172
Panel:Battery Safety

Fire protection considerations for all electric urban air mobility operations. Panel will discuss relevant IFC, IBC, NFPA, ASTM, and FAA codes for Skyports, areas of concern for first responders, and testing approaches for batteries.

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Celina Mikolajczak
Director of Engineering, Battery Systems
Uber
Nick Warner
Senior Test Engineer
DNV-GL
Michael Gorin
Program Manager, Emerging Technologies
NFPA
Robert J. Davidson
Founder and Managing Partner
Davidson Code Concepts, LLC
Rex J. Alexander
President
Five-Alpha, LLC
Track 2: Airspace & Ops
10:00 am
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Ahmanson Ballroom
Introduction: Elevate Airspace Systems

This presentation will provide insight into the Elevate Airspace Systems design and core principles. It will further demonstrate concepts and technologies to scale airspace operations to the demand over time.

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Tom Prevot
Director of Engineering, Airspace Systems
Uber
10:45 am
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Ahmanson Ballroom
Panel: New Thinking and Approaches within Global Airspace Management

This panel will highlight innovative approaches and operations across the globe reflecting new thinking in airspace management that pave the way for utilizing new entrants in highly beneficial ways.

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Parimal Kopardekar
Senior Technologist for Air Transportation
NASA
Biruk Abraham
Operations Research
FAA
Doug Davis
Director of Airworthiness
CANSO (Northrop Grunman)
Sara De La Rosa
Lead Coordinator
ISG Interagency Supply Chain Group
William Chan
ATM-X Project Manager
NASA
Track 3: Moving Cities
10:00 am
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Haas 171 & 172
Speaker Series: Demand Modeling and Network Optimization

This session will focus on two modeling paradigms that are being used to influence the design of the Uber Elevate ecosystem with our demand and network optimization models. We will conduct a technical review of each and describe how they are being used together to make strategic decisions that influence the evolution of network design and system operations.

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Jon Petersen
Head of Data Science, Aviation
Uber
Tom Adler
President
Resource Systems Group, Inc.
Stan Swaintek
Head of Operations, Aviation
Uber
11:00 am
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Guerin Pavilion
Speaker Series: Community Acceptance

What does an eVTOL sound like against an urban soundscape? We are investing in the development of tools to accurately measure and model the loudness of aircraft relative to existing background sounds. It's about loudness and perception -- not just sound pressure.

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David Josephson
Noise & Acoustics Consultant
Josephson Engineering
Dr. Josef Schlittenlacher
Research Associate, Auditory Perception Group, Department of Psychology
Cambridge University
Juliet Page
Physical Scientist at Volpe
The National Transportation Systems Center
Stan Swaintek
Head of Operations, Aviation
Uber

Speaker Series: The uber Air Experience - Lunch & Learn

Haas 171 & 172

Visualize the future end-to-end uberAIR experience with reimagined Skyport Architecture, Terminal Interior, and eVTOL cabin design, presented by Grad Students from ArtCenter College of Design and Savannah College of Art & Design.

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ArtCenter College of Design
Savannah College of Art and Design  
Track 1: Vehicles & Battery
1:00 pm
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Speaker Series:Elevate eVTOL Tools, Techs, and Testing

eVTOL aircraft require unique analysis tools to address the challenges of tight aero-proulsion-acoustic-control coupling, along with key technology efforts to close the remaining gaps.

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Rob McDonald
Head of Vehicle Engineering Team
Uber
Adam Chase
Vehicle Optimization Lead
Uber
Jacek Kawecki
Elevate Components Lead
Uber
Henry Won
Vehicle Technology Development Lead, Elevate Vehicle Systems
Uber
1:35 pm
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Haas 171 & 172
Speaker:eVTOL Certification Basis Through Part 23

Establishing a certification basis for eVTOL by 2020 is essential to have these aircraft on a path to product by 2023.

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Anna Mracek Dietrich
Consultant
Mel Johnson
Deputy Director of Policy and Innovation, Aircraft Certification Service
FAA
Greg Bowles
Vice President, Global Innovation & Policy
General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA)
2:00 pm
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Guerin Pavilion
Panel:Design Experts - Lessons Learned the "Hard"ware-way

eVTOL experts across diverse concept approaches share their perspectives on the challenges and opportunities these new aircraft provide.

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Mark Moore
Director of Engineering, Elevate Vehicle Systems
Uber
Tine Tomazik
Director of R&D
Pipistrel
Zach Lovering
Project Executive, Vahana
Airbus A3
Scott Drennan
Director - Innovation
Bell
Luiz Valentini
Engineering Supervisor
EmbraerX
Brian Yutko
VP, Research and Development
Aurora Flight Sciences, A Boeing Company
Track 2: Airspace & Ops
1:00 pm
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Guerin Pavilion
Speaker Series:Skyport Architecture Reimagined

The path to massive scale is abundant with opportunity. Witness the unveiling of several revolutionary Skyport concepts, exhibiting massive throughput within tight footprints. Prepared and presented by some of the top Architecture & Engineering minds in the Industry.

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John Badalamenti
Head of Design, Advanced Programs & Aviation
Uber
Ted Osborne
Principal
Gannett Fleming
R. Andrew Bennett
Principal-In-Charge
BOKA Powell
Walter R. Hughes, AIA
VP & Design Director
Humphreys & Partners Architects
Jon Pickard
Principal
Pickard Chilton (+ Arup)
John Trupiano
Principal
Corgan
Michael Kaiser
Principal
Beck
2:00 pm
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Keynote:Affordability Through Operational Efficiency

An introduction to how uberAIR will deliver reliable and affordable on-demand aviation services through operational efficiencies that maximize asset utilization and provide consistently high load factors.

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Stan Swaintek
Head of Operations, Aviation
Uber
2:25 pm
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Haas 171 & 172
Speaker Series:A Simplified Cockpit Experience

New aircraft designs, advanced flight path control systems and modified cockpit interfaces, coupled with tightly controlled operations leveraging enhanced situational awareness tools will significantly reduce pilot workload -- radically simplify the the cockpit experience.

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Stan Swaintek
Head of Operations, Aviation
Uber
Greg Bowles
Vice President, Global Innovation & Policy
General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA)
Justin Paines
Test Pilot
2Excel Aviation
Jeff Greenwood
Chief Pilot
Bell Flight
Noel Duerksen
Advanced Flight Control Expert
Wes Ryan
Unmanned Aircraft Certification Lead
FAA
Track 3: Moving Cities
1:00 pm
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Ahmanson Ballroom
Panel: The Future of VTOL - Multi-Modal, Electric, Pooled Fleet

This session will explore how VTOL travel can be done in a more sustainable way -- pools, electric, and multi modal fleets. How do we enable electrification? Why has it been so hard to get commuters to share on the ground and what will it take to share in the air? What does it take to make on-demand POOLing work? How will this fit into the broader multi modal set of mobility solutions?

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Adam Gromis
Head of Sustainability
Uber
Pasquale Romano
CEO
ChargePoint
Rob Dearborn
Data Scientist, Strategy & Planning
Uber
Jeff Salazar
LUNAR Partner
McKinsey Design
Melanie Nutter
Principal
Nutter Consulting
2:00 pm
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Ahmanson Ballroom
Panel:Urban Air Mobility and the Growth of Cities

This session will explore how VTOL may shape the development of cities and how the development of cities will shape VTOL. With city housing costs increasing how might VTOL enable continued access to the urban core? What will be the economic impact of new transport systems like urban air mobility? How will transportation evolve? What will be the impact on real estate, transit-oriented development, and architecture?

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Allison Wylie
Public Policy
Uber
Ted Osborne
Principal Architect and Design Director
Gannett Fleming
Jeff Bellisario
Vice President of the Economic Institute
Bay Area Council Economic Institute
Eric Womeldorff
Principal
Fehr & Peers
Ratna Amin
Transportation Policy Director
SPUR
Russell Laughlin
EVP
Hillwood
2:45 pm
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Ahmanson Ballroom
Panel: The Future Airport Experience

Visionary airport leaders are embracing new technologies and innovative transportation solutions to create a completely new customer experience at the airport.

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Ken Buchanan
Executive Vice President - Revenue Management
DFW Airport
Carter Morris
Executive Vice President
American Association of Airport Executives
Ann Bordetsky
Head of Airport Partnerships
Uber
Gary Gibb
President of Global Airport Consultants
Landrum & Brown

Mayor Mike Rawlings of Dallas will speak about being Mayor of the world's first announced uberAIR city and progress since the announcement at last year's Elevate Summit.

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Mike Rawlings
Mayor
City of Dallas

Come hear Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, Founder and Executive Chairman of XPRIZE Foundation discuss the future of humanity and aviation, as well as a number of trends that make the Elevate future inevitable.

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Dr. Peter H. Diamandis
Founder and Executive Chairman
XPRIZE Foundation

In a fireside chat with journalist and author Brad Stone, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi discusses Uber’s vision to become a technology platform encompassing all forms of transportation, including on-demand aviation.

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Dara Khosrowshahi
CEO
Uber
Brad Stone
Author and Journalist
Bloomberg News

Join us for light refreshments after the closing address!

Featured Speakers

Dara Khosrowshahi

CEO
Uber

Dr. Jaiwon Shin

Associate Administrator for the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate
NASA

Elaine Chao

Secretary of Transportation United States of America

Dan Elwell

Acting Administrator
Federal Aviation Administration

Eric Garcetti

Mayor
City of Los Angeles

Mike Rawlings

Mayor of Dallas

Jeff Holden

Chief Product Officer
Uber

Eric Allison

Head of Aviation
Uber

Dr. Peter H. Diamandis

Founder and Executive Chairman
XPRIZE Foundation

Dr. Parimal Kopardekar

Senior Technologist for Air Transportation
NASA

Pasquale Romano

President and Chief Executive Officer
ChargePoint

Dr. John Langford

Chairman and CEO
Aurora Flight Sciences, A Boeing Company

Paulo Cesar de Souza e Silva

CEO
Embraer S.A.

Michael Thacker

Executive Vice President, Technology & Innovation
Bell

Kirk Hawkins

CEO
Icon Aircraft

Anna Mracek Dietrich

Consultant
Regulatory Affairs

Michael Ronen

Managing Director
Softbank Investment Advisors

Brad Stone

Author and Journalist Bloomberg News

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