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.