Lindbergh Innovation Forum

Tue, Jul 23, 2019 - Tue, Jul 23, 2019
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location: Aviation Gateway Park

Presenter: The Charles A and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation

Lindbergh Innovation Forum to feature prominent leaders who are creating the future of flight Leaders in the aviation industry from around the world will offer inspiring and provocative presentations and discussions on leading edge concepts shaping the future of aviation at the Lindbergh Innovation Forum at EAA AirVenture.

The event is from 9 am to 12 pm on Tuesday July 23rd at EAA Forums Tent in Aviation Gateway Park. The Lindbergh Innovation Forum is an expert-curated forum to showcase the leading edges of aviation innovation. It features key breakthroughs and innovations that will shape aviation for decades to come, using a format of featuring many speakers in short, compact presentations and panels. It is hosted by Erik Lindbergh, grandson of Charles Lindbergh.  EAA Forums Tent is located in the Aviation Gateway Park On James Ray Blvd - grid location I-10 in official AirVenture map

After a successful debut at AirVenture 2018, the Lindbergh Innovation Forum returns to AirVenture this year with a lineup that features representatives of Blue Origin, NASA, Uber Elevate, GE Aviation, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and a number of exciting early stage companies. It will address commercial supersonic and hypersonic flight, innovations in space, hydrogen powered flight, artificial intelligence and many other leading edge topics.

Last year’s event was very well received, with attendee feedback including: “I sat there in utter amazement for the duration of the Forum. I really felt like I was listening and sitting at  the feet of Thomas Edison and the Wright Brothers and Steve Jobs all in one.”  “This presentation was exactly what the ‘experimental’ in Experimental Aircraft Association stands for.”

Hosted by: Erik Lindbergh Chairman The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation

Opening remarks by: Sean Tucker Legendary aerobatic pilot

● Commercial hypersonic flight● Supersonic and NASA’s X-59
● Innovations in space
● Hydrogen powered aviation
● Artificial Intelligence in aviation
● Digital Aviation - Digital Twin and IoT
● Flying wing aircraft designs
● Electric/hybrid propulsion
● Talent as the fuel for innovation
● Lindbergh 100th anniversary campaign
Blue Origin, NASA, Uber Elevate, GE Aviation, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Hermeus (commercial hypersonic), Verdego Aero (electric-hybrid), SmartSky Networks (digital), Alaka'i Technologies (hydrogen fuel cells), Coastal Aviation (Artificial Intelligence), XTI Aircraft (VTOL) 

(In alphabetical order)
Pat Anderson Director, Eagle Flight Research Center Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
Eric Bartsch CTO Verdego Aero
Bruce Holmes Vice President of Digital Aviation, SmartSky Networks Director, Alaka'i Technologies
Craig Hoover Advanced Technology and Hybrid-Electric Pursuits Leader GE Aviation
Richard Kane CTO Coastal Aviation
Robert LaBelle CEO XTI Aircraft
Bernhard Mattlener Managing Director Horten Aircraft
Ryan Naru Vehicle Standards LeaderUber Elevate
AJ Piplica CEO Hermeus
Tamaira Ross Principal Manager, New Glenn System Definition & Design Blue Origin
Ed Waggoner Director, Integrated Aviation Systems Program NASA

Attendees will be able to interact with presenters and panelists at the conclusion of the event over lunch in a casual and accessible setting. This is a unique opportunity for members of the aviation community to develop valuable connections with aviation trailblazers. The Lindbergh Innovation Forum is a program of the Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation, presented at AirVenture in partnership with the Experimental Aircraft Association. More information including videos of presentations from prior events can be found online at

Click here for a video that outlines the mission and purpose of the Lindbergh Innovation Forum .

About The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation Founded in 1977 by Neil Armstrong, General James Doolittle, Sir Edmund Hillary and other friends of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, the Lindbergh Foundation has a distinguished history of enabling innovation at the nexus of technology and the environment. Through its awards, it has honored many prominent individuals for their extraordinary contributions to aviation and the environment. Through its grants, it has helped nurture talent and launch promising careers. Through its programs, it has helped apply the technologies of flight to preservation of the environment.

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