September 20th - 22nd, 2023 (4 Hamilton Place, London, W1J 7BQ)

The Roy­al Aero­nau­ti­cal Society’s President’s Sum­mit is our flag­ship annu­al event on a key top­ic in aero­space, cho­sen by the Society’s Pres­i­dent.

The 2023 sum­mit, host­ed by the 2023–24 Pres­i­dent of the RAeS Keris­sa Khan MRAeS, focus­es on the theme of ‘Future of Flight’ and explores the poten­tial for Advanced Air Mobil­i­ty Tech­nolo­gies to trans­form urban, rur­al and region­al trans­port as we know it.

The sum­mit includes a con­fer­ence pro­gramme on 20–21 Sep­tem­ber, fol­lowed by a Cool Aero­nau­tics out­reach day on 22 Sep­tem­ber.


Dur­ing this sum­mit, we’ll be wel­com­ing a wide range of senior deci­sion-mak­ers across the trans­port ecosys­tem — includ­ing air­craft man­u­fac­tur­ers, sup­ply chain com­pa­nies, investors, reg­u­la­tors, gov­ern­ment and local author­i­ty rep­re­sen­ta­tives – who will review the progress of flight tech­nolo­gies, from light­weight fuel cells to air­craft auton­o­my, and how these plat­forms are being applied to pio­neer­ing flight tri­als today.

Inter­ac­tive pan­el dis­cus­sions will debate the reli­a­bil­i­ty, effi­cien­cy and applic­a­bil­i­ty of ver­ti­cal take-off and land­ing (VTOL) air­craft designs, and pre­dict the real world busi­ness mod­els for AAM oper­a­tions.

The dis­cus­sions will mir­ror the major con­sid­er­a­tions for the com­mu­ni­ty on how rev­o­lu­tion­ary aero­space engi­neer­ing will be rolled out to com­mer­cial-scale, includ­ing estab­lish­ing infra­struc­ture and ver­ti­port ter­mi­nals.

Whilst a large pro­por­tion of day one will be ded­i­cat­ed to VTOLs in the urban and rur­al envi­ron­ments, day two moves into region­al avi­a­tion and sus­tain­able long-haul avi­a­tion. The agen­da bal­ances the major inno­va­tion trends with­in avi­a­tion today, cov­er­ing both the devel­op­ment of hybrid elec­tric propul­sion and lighter-than-air vehi­cles, as well as the imme­di­ate deploy­ment of sus­tain­able avi­a­tion fuels in the exist­ing avi­a­tion indus­try.

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