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AE Talks Aerospace Edition

Thursday 18 February | 2pm - 5pm

This interactive multi-session event will put the spotlight on key trends, themes, products and innovators in zero-emission aviation innovation.

The keynote speech will be led by Chris Gear, Project Director of FlyZero, who will take us through how the UK is leading a revolution in zero-carbon air travel. Julian Renz from ZeroAvia will also be leading a session on heralding the era of truly green aviation. 

Through our online platform you will be able to attend multiple engaging sessions, from leading aerospace innovators, give your thoughts and opinions on the hottest topics and innovations, and chat with your peers.

Find out more about our confirmed sessions below!

Keynote Speaker

Chris Gear, Project Director for FlyZero

A little bit about Chris…

Chris Gear has led major strategic projects, including in the areas of disruptive and novel technologies and has expansive experience in the aerospace industry. As chief technology officer for GKN Aerospace from 2014 to 2019, he ran the global technology department for the engineering group.

Previously, as vice president & chief engineer of GKN Aerospace, Chris led the engineering and technology team. His vast experience covers many aspects of the FlyZero programme, from design and research to manufacturing process development, operational costs, product strategies and airworthiness.

Participating companies

Hosted by

Sameer Savani

Thursday 18 February 2pm GMT

Sameer Savani, Head of Innovation and Engineering at ADS

Sameer Savani

Head of Innovation and Engineering at ADS

Sessions

Top 5 Ways to Save Time and Money in a Flight Test Campaign

Thursday 18 February 2:15pm GMT

Tim Butler, Head of Fixed Wing Flight Test at Nova Systems

The talk looks at some of the lessons that Tim and Nova Systems have learned over many years of involvement in flight test campaigns to military and civil customers and provides some tips on ways that both small and large organisations can ensure that the often expensive and usually time critical activity of proving the design of a system or aircraft is safe, does what the designer wanted it to do, and is safe enough for a regulator to certify the product.

A little bit about Tim…

Tim is an experimental test pilot with over year 30 military and civil flying experience. After a 20 year career as a heavy aircraft pilot and test pilot in the RAF Tim moved to Madrid to work for Airbus Defence and Space as the lead test pilot for the A330MRTT (Multi Role Tanker Transport) aircraft working with an international test and design team from the initial aircraft and systems design through to civil and military certification. He also worked with the test team in Toulouse on a number of civil projects and on other military aircraft development programmes. Tim has led the Fixed Wing team at Nova Systems for the last 3 years and  has been involved in a large variety of projects from minor aircraft projects to major flight test programmes for large complex aircraft. Tim’s long involvement in the planning and running of flight test programmes in both big and small organisations gives him a depth of knowledge and breadth of experience that is extremely useful when confronting the challenges posed by the need to ensure that the power technology of new aircraft engines and designs is going to meet our green expectations and a developing regulatory environment.

 

Tim Butler

Head of Fixed Wing Flight Test, Nova Systems

FlyZero – how the UK is leading a revolution in zero-carbon air travel

Thursday 18 February 2:40pm GMT

Chris Gear, Project Director for FlyZero 

What is FlyZero?

FlyZero is a strategic research project designed to secure a lead for the UK in future zero-carbon emission air travel led by the ATI and backed by the UK government.

A little bit about Chris…

Chris Gear has led major strategic projects, including in the areas of disruptive and novel technologies and has expansive experience in the aerospace industry. As chief technology officer for GKN Aerospace from 2014 to 2019, he ran the global technology department for the engineering group.

Previously, as vice president & chief engineer of GKN Aerospace, Chris led the engineering and technology team. His vast experience covers many aspects of the FlyZero programme, from design and research to manufacturing process development, operational costs, product strategies and airworthiness.

 

Chris Gear

Project Director for FlyZero

ZeroAvia’s zero-emission powertrain: heralding the era of truly green aviation

Thursday 18 February 3:10pm GMT

Julian Renz, Business Development and Project Manager at ZeroAvia will be leading an informative session on embracing the future of environmentally friendly, zero-emission aviation.

A little bit about Julian…

“Julian is the Head of Programmes at ZeroAvia, the leader in hydrogen-electric zero-emission aviation. He’s been with the company since its inception three years ago, leading its HyFlyer I programme, through which ZeroAvia is flying the largest hydrogen-electric aircraft in the world. It is looking to extend its lead into 19-seat aircraft with its recently announced HyFlyer II programme.

Prior to joining ZeroAvia, Julian led project teams at SYSTEMIQ, a sustainability focused investment and advisory firm. He began his career in the green hydrogen sector after acquiring an MSc in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Munich.”

Julian Renz

Business Development and Project Manager at ZeroAvia

Panel discussion with Chris Gear and Julian Renz, hosted by Sameer Savani

Thursday 18 February 3:40pm GMT

Testimonial from AE Talks Aerospace Edition:

“Amazing event and some excellent speakers. Left me excited about how the whole industry is going to change for the better and these changes bring mass opportunities.” Mark Dalziel, New Business Development Manager, UK Electronics Ltd.

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