AFWERX to discuss future of electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft and advanced air mobility at Oshkosh Air Show

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  • By Tim Tresslar

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFRL) – AFWERX and Prime will have a booth at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, the world’s largest fly-in airshow, from July 24 - 30 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
AFWERX’s presence will provide aviation-industry executives and enthusiasts a chance to interact with Air Force officials supporting the development of hybrid and electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft and autonomous technology.
“AFWERX and Prime look forward to highlighting the accomplishments not only of Agility Prime and focus of future autonomy work, but also our industry partners,” said Col. Tom Meagher, AFWERX Prime division chief. “Several milestones were achieved in our collaborative efforts to advance eVTOL aircraft technology and establish the infrastructure necessary to support this emerging industry in the United States.”
Meagher will discuss “The Future of Air Mobility: Air Force, Electric Aircraft, and Airspace” from 2 - 3:15 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, July 25, at Forum Stage 6 on the airport grounds. Meagher will address how the Air Force is accelerating air mobility’s future by investing in startups while also leveraging government resources for rapid and affordable testing. 

Ciska Bloemhard, AFWERX senior partnerships manager of airspace innovation and Prime partnerships team, will speak on the panel, Teamwork Makes the Dream Work , on Thursday, July 27, from 2:30 - 3:45 p.m., at Forum Stage 6 EnerSys. The panel will discuss how industry and government agencies are working together to make Advanced Air Mobility a reality. 
The AFWERX booth, No. 324, will feature eVTOL flight simulators from two companies and eVTOL aircraft and power-generation system models from other partner companies.
The EAA AirVenture draws 10,000 aircraft and 600,000 attendees. The seven-day event includes nine airshows, 1,500 forums, workshops, and seminars plus more than 800 aviation exhibitors. 
Members of the Prime Airspace Innovation and Prime Partnership Team will also be participating in the VFS Oshkosh Electric Aircraft Symposium, July 22 - 23, where they will present on several panels discussing the Air Force’s AAM efforts, the need for training and standards, and the challenges with integrating such emerging technologies into the National Airspace System.
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