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Experts discuss Aviation 5.0

“Mobility in a Virtual Future” was the subject of a high-quality symposium held by Bauhaus Luftfahrt on the Ludwig Bölkow Campus near Munich over the last two days. Data-driven processes, customer-tailored services and products are getting more and more in the focus of novel business concepts. How will these developments find their way into the air transport system? Together with 180 national and international scientists and industrial experts from 20 countries, Bauhaus Luftfahrt addressed and discussed key enablers and potentials of the envisaged developments and innovations forming a possible Aviation 5.0. Thereby, an intense dialogue between science, industry, and politics arose from the numerous presentations and discussions.

After the introductory words of Executive Director Research and Technology Prof. Dr. Mirko Hornung, MDirig. Dr. Manfred Wolter from the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology and Andrew Anderson, Chief Operating Officer for the Corporate Technology Office at Airbus, provided the political and industrial framework of the 3rd Bauhaus Luftfahrt Symposium.

Progress in data sciences and the potentials of data-driven businesses and processes were at the core of the Plenary Session on day 1 of the event. Innovators and experts provided insights in their latest findings and ideas, how an enhanced use of data may have an impact on the aviation business in the long run.

On day 2, a multitude of technologies and concepts were presented in two parallel session streams. Organised in four topical sessions, invited speakers together with Bauhaus Luftfahrt experts shared their expertise and insights in key technologies and developments. Session 1, for example, explored how evolutions in ground transportation, informed passenger choice, and advent of sharing business models might impact future airline networks and operations. Production pathways towards renewable jet fuel were discussed in Session 2. The presentations addressed technologies based on advanced biomass feedstock, renewable non-biogenic options, such as solar fuels, and issues related to deployment strategies and policy targets. The long-term perspectives of enhanced conventional aircraft propulsion and components and electrical system architectures of alternative motive power systems as well as their integration opportunities were at the core of Session 3. The focus of Session 4 was on novel approaches to lower the risk and cost associated with the introduction of new technologies in civil aviation. This contains studies with multidisciplinary assessments, novel test beds, and realisation in unconventional market segments.

The next, then 4th, Bauhaus Luftfahrt Symposium is expected to take place in 2019.

Panel Discussion

Plenary Session (f.l.t.r.): Prof. Dr. Mirko Hornung (Bauhaus Luftfahrt), Marko Javornik (Comtrade Digital Services), Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Maaß (Saarland University), and Dr. Alexei Sharpanskykh (Delft University of Technology) discuss Aviation 5.0.
June 2nd, 2017