Conference Schedule

DAY #1 - 13 November

November 13, 2024 : DAY #1
14:00 - 14:30
14:30 - 15:00

Emerging trends and the evolving landscape of the aerial cities

  • Ewa Gowers  

This session provides a detailed analysis of the latest trends, challenges, and successes in aerial urban development as reported by cities, regions, and Civil Aviation Authorities (CAAs) since the last Aerial Cities event. Participants will explore significant advancements and ongoing hurdles in integrating aerial solutions into urban environments. The discussion will also examine regional variations in adoption and regulation, offering a comprehensive overview of the evolving landscape of aerial mobility across different territories.

15:00 - 15:45

Trends and opportunities: An industry perspective on the past successes and challenges ahead

  • Ronald Liebsch   Glen Lynch  

After many trials and experiments, a few sustainable business models are emerging and consolidating. The panel session will explore what are the ingredients of success and what it takes to align technology, regulation and profitability in the drone industry.

15:45 - 16:15
16:15 - 17:00

Investor views on scaling businesses

In this session, key stakeholders from both private and public investment sectors (already invested in drones or AAM) will share their insights and perspectives on the drone and eVTOL markets following a particularly challenging year in 2023. Participants will discuss the impacts of these challenges on market dynamics, investment trends, and future opportunities. The conversation aims to shed light on how investors are navigating the evolving landscape, adapting strategies, and identifying areas with potential for significant growth despite recent adversities.

17:00 - 17:45

Funding a scalable business model

  • Eric Brock   Dario Di Martino  

This session dives into the critical factors that make ventures attractive to investors, focusing on access to capital as a cornerstone of business success. Industry experts and seasoned investors will discuss the "secret ingredients" that set successful companies apart in securing funding. Participants will gain insights into effective strategies for attracting investments, understanding investor expectations, and navigating the financial landscape to fuel growth and innovation.

17:45 - 18:00

DAY #2 - 14 November

November 14, 2024 : DAY #2
09:30 - 10:00
10:00 - 11:00

Airspace modernisation and the governance layers challenge: How are state, regional and local authorities winning the coordination challenge?

  • Lorenzo Murzilli   Enda Walsh  

This session features regulatory authorities sharing their insights and strategies for modernising airspace access and enhancing coordination in their roles within drone operations and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) authorizations. Participants will discuss the efforts being made to streamline processes and improve regulatory frameworks to support the growing drone and AAM sectors. The discussion will highlight the challenges faced, the progress achieved, and the ambitious plans set forth to facilitate a more integrated and efficient future for aerial mobility.

11:00 - 11:40

Enabling BVLOS operations at scale: How do we get the authorities on board?

  • Dr. Christoph Selig   Thomas Neubauer   Andrew Carter  

The panel speakers in this session discuss the advanced stage of obtaining regulatory approvals for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone flights, and how each company has contributed to enabling safer BVLOS flights, while also taking into account the Specific Operations Risk Assessment (SORA) framework. The focus is on scaling operations and enhancing profitability in the drone industry by demonstrating compliance with data driven proof with safety and risk management standards to regulatory authorities. This session is likely to cover the challenges and solutions in achieving large-scale BVLOS operations, as well as the economic implications of these advancements. How each company has contributed to safer BVLOS flights will be discussed in detail.

11:40 - 12:30

Conversation with drone service users: The needs of ports - Can we export their lessons to entire cities?

  • Matthias Gronstedt  

This panel session features a dialogue with users of drone services in port settings, exploring their success stories and examining the potential to extrapolate these lessons to broader urban environments. The discussion will highlight how drones have been effectively utilized in ports for operations such as surveillance, maintenance, and logistics, and will consider the applicability of these strategies in city-wide applications. Panelists will delve into the challenges and triumphs of drone integration in ports, and debate whether these practices can be adapted to enhance efficiency, safety, and service delivery in entire cities.

12:30 - 14:00
14:00 - 15:00

Successful proof of concepts are challenging to scale: An insider perspective

  • James McClearen   Susan Roberts  

The challenge of operations and manufacturing at scale. Selected companies share their journey to the holy grail of sustainable, scalable business.

15:00 - 15:30
15:30 - 16:15

Adoption of drone technology, BVLOS in focus - What are the users' needs?

This session explores end-user perspectives on the large-scale adoption of drone technologies, with a special focus on Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) applications, ranging from delivery services to inspection operations. Participants will delve into the practical aspects and potential challenges of implementing BVLOS technologies across various industries, discussing how these advanced drone applications can transform business operations and enhance efficiency. The session aims to provide a comprehensive overview of user experiences, industry advancements, and the future potential of drone technology at scale.

16:15 - 17:00

A perspective on smart cities

  • Barbara Pareglio  

This session offers a comprehensive exploration of the smart cities ecosystem, focusing on the integration of smart mobility, robust ground infrastructure, advanced communication networks, and the pivotal roles of data and artificial intelligence. Attendees will gain insights into how these components are meticulously planned and executed in the context of smart city stakeholders' visions and requirements. The discussion aims to provide a holistic view of how interconnected technologies are driving urban transformation, enhancing city-wide efficiency, and shaping the future of urban living.

17:00 - 17:30

eVTOL and AAM - A step closer to reality?

This session presents an open dialogue about the ambitions, challenges, and achievements within the eVTOL (electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing) industry as it pertains to aerial cities. Industry leaders and innovators will share their firsthand experiences and insights, discussing both the significant strides and the obstacles faced in the journey towards urban air mobility. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the current state of the eVTOL industry, potentioal timeline of adoption and its future potential, and the practical realities of integrating these technologies into the urban airspace.

17:30 - 18:00