AIAA LA-LV Sustainable Aviation mini-Conference 2021

February 27, 2021 @ 10:00 am 2:30 pm PST

“Current Topics in Sustainable Aviation, including Biofuels/Sustainable Aviation Fuels, Hydrogen, and Electric Aircraft”

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Saturday, February 27, 2021, 10 AM PST

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“Current Topics in Sustainable Aviation, including Biofuels/Sustainable Aviation Fuels, Hydrogen, and Electric Aircraft”



Tentative Agenda (All Time PST, Pacific Standard Time, US and Canada)

10:05 AM PST: Dr. Marty Bradley (Opening / Welcome)

10:10 AM PST: Dr. Marty Bradley (Keynote Speech – Introduction to Sustainable Aviation)

11:20 AM PST: Mr. Steve Csonka (Biofuel/Sustainable Aviation Fuels)

11:50 AM PST: Dr. Bruce J. Holmes (Hydrogen for Aeronautical Powertrains)

12:20 PM PST: Intermission

12:30 PM PST: Mr. Val Miftakhov (Making Aviation Sustainable: A 100-seat Zero-Emission Jet by 2030)

01:00 PM PST: Mr. Ed Lovelace (Electrified Aircraft for Regional Air Mobility Today)

01:30 PM PST: Panel Discussion (Moderator: Dr. Marty Bradley)

02:30 PM PST: Adjourn


Dr. Marty K. Bradley, AIAA Fellow

Keynote Speaker and Moderator / Panelist

Senior Technical Fellow,

Technical Fellow for The Boeing Company (ret.)


Dr. Marty Bradley on AIAA Member Spotlight:


Keynote Speech – Introduction to Sustainable Aviation

Dr. Marty Bradley is a AIAA Fellow and recently retired Technical Fellow for The Boeing Company. He has 37 years of aerospace experience and is now a consultant and instructor focused on sustainable aviation. His principal client is where he has the position of Senior Technical Fellow.


Marty has led projects related to electric and hybrid electric aircraft, advanced concepts and technologies, propulsion integration for advanced technologies, and aviation environmental life cycle analysis. He has broad experience in a wide variety of applications including subsonic and supersonic aircraft, high-speed missiles, hypersonic cruise vehicles, and air breathing space access vehicles. He was the Principal Investigator for the NASA-funded SUGAR study looking at advanced technologies for future commercial aircraft and has been working on electrified aircraft for 13 years.


He has a B.S., M.S., & Ph.D. from the University of Southern California and teaches the capstone Aircraft Design course. He teaches AIAA short courses in Sustainable Aviation and Design of Electrified Aircraft.


Dr. Bruce J. Holmes, D.E., AIAA Fellow

Speaker / Panelist

RAeS Fellow

Chief Technology Officer, Alakai Technologies Corporation


Hydrogen for Aeronautical Powertrains


Bruce is a five-decade veteran of aviation operations, research and development, aircraft development, and disruptive innovation in his field. His background includes industry and government roles in research, operations, and executive leadership, working at NASA, in the commercial on-demand air carrier world, with aviation software startups, on the U.S. NextGen founding team, and most recently on an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air vehicle.


In addition to his role as CTO for Alaka’i Technologies launching the first hydrogen fuel-cell-powered electric air mobility vehicle, he is a senior advisor to SmartSky Networks, supporting the launch of a unique 4G LTE aviation connectivity solution and apps development platform, contributing to the Internet of Things that Fly. He serves on special groups for the National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, the FAA Administrator’s Research, Engineering, and Development Advisory Committee – NAS Operations Subcommittee (REDAC), as well as on corporate Boards. He has published over one hundred technical papers, received seven patents in aeronautics, been honored with numerous NASA medals and professional society awards, including the FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award, recognizing 50 years of safe flying. He is a Fellow of the AIAA and the Royal Aeronautical Establishment. He is an active pilot and thrilled owner of an ICON A5 amphibian aircraft.


Mr. Steve Csonka
Speaker / Panelist
President, Csonka Aviation Consultancy, LLC
Executive Director, CAAFI (Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative)

Biofuel/Sustainable Aviation Fuels

Steve Csonka is an ardent advocate for the aviation industry who seeks pragmatic solutions to the challenges of aviation growth. Built upon strong technical experience that spanned the breadth of the commercial aircraft/engine life-cycle, Steve’s capabilities and initiative have led to his various engagements in business development and long-term, strategic planning for the aviation enterprise over the past fifteen years. Such work has focused on the nexus of future product requirements, technology progression, and industry value propositions, including aspects of policy, advocacy, regulatory affairs, and environmental impact.

Steve’s overall industry engagement led to his current role as Executive Director of CAAFI (the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative, where he leads this Public-Private Partnership working toward the development and commercialization of sustainable alternative jet fuels (SAJF). He has been in this role since 2012, directing the CAAFI efforts of its 1200+ members and 500+ organizations who share the industry vision of enabling the decoupling of net carbon growth from expected sectoral growth. CAAFI engagement occurs through several work teams and public-private initiatives, and it seeks to be a force multiplier for a wide range of efforts required to achieve significant uptake of low net-carbon SAJF.

Steve is a commercial aviation professional with 35 years of broad, strategic airline and aviation OEM experience (GE Aircraft Engines, American Airlines, GE Aviation, and CAAFI). He holds BS and MS degrees in Aerospace Engineering. He has served in leadership, steering committee, and BOD roles with multiple aviation industry organizations (AIA, ICCAIA, IATA, GAMA, ICAO/CAEP, ATAG, Carbon War Room) in areas of technology and environmental progression. His CAAFI role has also led to appointments to advisory/leadership roles with the USDA/DOE BRDB TAC, the USDA/DOT/DOE/Industry Farm-to-Fly 2.0 initiative, USDA/NIFA/AFRI CAP projects, and study committee work of the National Research Council.


Mr. Val Miftakhov

Speaker / Panelist

Founder & CEO, ZeroAvia


Making Aviation Sustainable: A 100-seat Zero-Emission Jet by 2030: Val will address the scope of carbon emissions generated by today’s aviation sector and the challenges the industry faces in reducing emissions with existing solutions. He’ll then discuss the emerging trend of aviation electrification and specifically cover ZeroAvia’s breakthrough hydrogen-electric powertrain technology for commercial aircrafts now backed by Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy Ventures, the Amazon Climate Pledge Fund, Shell Ventures, and other notable investors who see this as the most economical, near-term solution for zero-emission flight. Most importantly, Val will convey how innovations like ZeroAvia’s will impact the aviation industry, what current major airline partners like British Airways are trying to achieve when it comes to their sustainability goals, and when we can all expect to see large-scale, decarbonised commercial jets in our skies.


Val Miftakhov is a Founder & CEO of ZeroAvia, Inc, a California company developing the World’s first practical zero emission aviation powertrain. Val is a serial entrepreneur in EV space – his previous company eMotorWerks has developed the World’s leading platform for EV battery aggregation to provide grid services, and was acquired in 2017. Prior to that, Val held a number of senior business and product positions at Google and McKinsey & Company, and was a nuclear researcher at Stanford Linear Accelerator. Val holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Princeton University, Masters in Physics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, and was a two-time winner of Russian Nationwide Physics competitions. In his spare time, Val makes good use of his airplane and helicopter pilot licenses.



Mr. Ed Lovelace

Speaker / Panelist

Chief Technology Officer, Ampaire

Electrified Aircraft for Regional Air Mobility Today


Ed Lovelace, as CTO at Ampaire, leads the technology and certification roadmap and strategy for Ampaire’s electrified aircraft programs and future mobility vehicle portfolio. Key technology areas include gas powerplants, electric machinery, power conversion and distribution, and energy storage systems for hybrid and full electric powertrains. Ed has 30+ years of new product development and commercialization experience including CTO and VP/Director of Engineering at several startups focused on electrified powertrain commercial trucks and buses (XL Fleet), hydrokinetic renewable power generation (Free Flow Power), and electric power conversion technology for sea/land/air mobility (SatCon Technology) as well as leading electrification technology at Aurora Flight Sciences, A Boeing Company, as a Technical Fellow, and aircraft engine controls development with GE Aviation. Dr Lovelace is a U.S. DOT Eisenhower Fellow in transportation research with degrees in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from MIT, and is Vice-Chair of the SAE E-40 Electrified Propulsion Aircraft standards committee.


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(Feb. 6, 2020) Prof. George Bibel, Dr. Derek Hengeveld/Mr. Jacob Moulton, Dr. Patricia M. Beauchamp

February 6, 2021 @ 10:00 am 1:55 pm PST

(February 6, 2020) (Part I) Beyond the Black Box: The Forensics of Airplane Crashes; (Part II) Veritrek: Enhanced thermal analysis using reduced-order models (example: Mars 2020 Helicopter); (Part III) Venus Flagship Mission Planetary Decadal Study


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Saturday, February 6th, 2020 (online on Zoom)

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Tentative Agenda (All Time PST) (Pacific Standard Time, US and Canada)
10:05 am: Dr. Chandrashekhar Sonwane (Welcome, AIAA LA LV Section Chair)
10:10 am: Prof. George Bibel (University of North Dakota)
11:40 am: Dr. Derek Hengeveld and Mr. Jacob Moulton (LoadPath)
12:25 pm: Dr. Patricia M. Beauchamp (JPL/CalTech)
01:55 pm: Adjourn

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Beyond the Black Box:
The Forensics of Airplane Crashes
Prof. George Bibel
AIAA Distinguished Lecturer,
Professor of Mechanical Engineering at
the University of North Dakota
(Part II)
Veritrek: Enhanced thermal analysis using reduced-order models
(with the Mars 2020 helicopter mission as the main example)
Derek Hengeveld, PhD, PE
Technical Lead for Veritrek
Senior Engineer, LoadPath
Mr. Jacob Moulton
Veritrek Expert, LoadPath
(Part III)
Venus Flagship Mission Planetary Decadal Study
Patricia M. Beauchamp, Ph.D
Chief Technologist, Engineering and Science Directorate
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology


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George Bibel is the author of Beyond the Black Box: The Forensics of Airplane Crashes. The book discussed unusual and interesting airplane accidents. The book, featured in the RAF News, was favorably reviewed by New Scientist, the New York Times, and Discovery Magazine. Beyond the Black Box was also expanded into a training seminar presented at Boeing. Bibel, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of North Dakota, has just completed a second book on aviation accidents with an airline pilot co-author.


The presentation is based on a collection of outstanding graphics with an occasional crash video.



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Daniel Raymer Answers Some Questions

April 6, 2020,
by Dr. Daniel P. Raymer, AIAA Fellow,
author of “Aircraft Design: A Conceptual Approach”

Dan Raymer here. You may know me from my crazy aircraft and spacecraft designs, like the tailless airliner or the vertical takeoff jet fighter with the engine installed backwards. In his Flying Magazine article, Peter Garrison once described me as having a “complete lack of preconceptions about how an airplane ought to look.” Thanks – I think.

Or maybe you took one of my short courses on how to design aircraft and spacecraft, or you bought my big fat aircraft design textbook or my skinnier “dummies” design book for homebuilders. Or maybe you just saw my ads or my website. I may not be the most famous guy in the small world of aircraft designers, but at least I’m on the list.

Sometimes I get asked questions like “how did you become an aircraft designer?” or “who were your influences?” or “if you are so famous, why aren’t you rich?”

I still can’t answer the last question, but I had a go at the others, not once but twice. Years ago the AIAA asked me similar questions and published it in their column “Editorial Echoes” (see A decade later I wrote an autobiography called “Living in the Future: The Education and Adventures of an Advanced Aircraft Designer.” This exercise in egotism actually sells fairly well considering the subject matter and the limited likely audience (

Now I’ve been asked to put together a few updated pages about my career. I’m told that “people will be inspired and fascinated by you,” and “their eyes will be wide-open to see that the AIAA has someone amazing like you.”

Really? Get a life, folks! But here goes:

You could almost say that I went into the family business. My father was a Navy test pilot and aeronautical engineer. An uncle, a cousin, and a brother are all airline pilots. I started with model airplanes and Tom Swift books at age eight, and wasted half my childhood designing and flying model aircraft. I started working on my pilot’s license at 16, washing a plane for my first lesson.

I went to Purdue University which is known for producing practical, get-it-done engineers. I got pretty good grades (A’s, some B’s, and let’s not talk about that theoretical class on differential equations). In my last year I worked in the Purdue wind tunnel where I learned more than in most of my classes. I joined the AIAA student chapter and was lucky enough to win the AIAA Midwest Region Student Paper Competition, with a paper about my wind tunnel work on a Greyhound bus, of all things. But I lost at the national level, at least partly because I brought the wrong set of slides. Stupid, stupid. Now I’m an AIAA Fellow. Go figure.

After college I got my dream job – a drafting table in the advanced design department of North American Aviation (Rockwell). My first boss designed the X-15. In our small design office were the guys who designed the Space Shuttle, B-1, HiMat, B-70, and others. That’s where I really learned how to design airplanes. Later I wrote my big textbook to share what I had learned at the feet of these “masters.”

I had several early projects that taught me a lot and gave me a chance to develop some reputation. Shortly after starting at Rockwell I was put in charge of developing computer-aided design capabilities for the advanced design department. I got the job mostly because the rest of the group were older guys who didn’t want anything to do with computers. Defining the system specifications forced me to really think about the design process, so I asked a lot of questions and learned a lot. The CAD system we developed worked out pretty well, being used for over 25 years. The X-31 and B-1B were both designed on my system, and it earned me Rockwell Engineer of the Year.

Another project I’ll always remember was the Innovative Strategic Aircraft Design Study, looking at new bombers to follow the B-1. I’d long been interested in flying wings and thought that a clean flying wing design, like the Horten flying wings of the 1940s, would offer a good stealth capability. This was long before the B-2 program. I put together a triangular-shaped flying wing design which we studied for four years, including wind tunnel and radar cross section testing. I really thought it would get built, but we were told to stop work on short notice. Later we learned that others had started working on stealth flying wings in the “black” world, while we at Rockwell were supposed to focus on getting the B-1 into production. Darn.

A third memorable project was our early work on Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF), which eventually led to the F-22 program. When I was made Chief Engineer for ATF at Rockwell, it was not considered possible to have stealth and supersonic cruise in the same aircraft. Besides, most people thought that supersonic cruise was a waste of time for a fighter since you “slow down to dogfight.” I tried anyway, and came up with a design with really low supersonic drag that also permitted fairly good stealth by the standards of the day. According to analysis and extensive sub- and supersonic wind tunnel testing, the design would indeed supercruise – at Mach 1.80. This design was studied intensively for 3-4 years. After I’d left Rockwell, the top management decided not to put a billion dollars of company money into the program as required by the Air Force to get a contract. So my design didn’t get built…. again.

There have been dozens of other projects, ranging from a hybrid-electric hybrid airship to a Mars rover airplane to an otherwise-normal but tailless commercial airliner to an Air Force reusable launch vehicle to an optionally-manned modular UAV for DARPA to a rocket designed to fling a whole squad of marines halfway around the world, land them in a remote site, and get them out when their mission is done. Recently there have been several exciting launch vehicle projects about which I can say nothing – they have grim and powerful lawyers. One or both may fly. Hopefully when that happens, they’ll finally let me say “I did that.”

Right now, I’m heading a DARPA contract which my company just won called the “Flying Missile Rail.” It’s described on the DARPA website but the aircraft concept shown there isn’t the real one. Mine is much cooler!

Oh right – what about my influences? I should start with my father since he was a Navy Test Pilot (Pax River). He didn’t really push me towards aviation but I saw a lot of airplanes as a kid, and I read his old Navy pilot training books and copies of Aviation Week. But as I said in “Living in the Future,” he just went to work like other dads. It’s not like he took me up in his P-2. I didn’t learn until decades later some of the things he did, like teaching the Black Bats how to fly their spy planes over mainland China (he’s in that book). RIP, Dad – love you.

Other influences? As a kid I wanted to be the next Kelly Johnson. I read all about Kelly, the Lockheed Skunkworks, and the planes he designed there. I was thrilled years later when they made me Director of Advanced Design at Lockheed, with corresponding title inside the Skunkworks, but most of my work was on the “outside.” A big regret of mine is that I didn’t somehow arrange to meet Kelly. He was retired and frail, and I didn’t want to be a pushy jerk fanboy. I should have, anyway.

I’ve always admired the simplicity and directness of the design work by Ed Heineman of the Douglas Aircraft Company, especially his A-4 (“Heineman’s Hot Rod”). I was lucky enough to meet him at an AIAA meeting early in my career – fanboy again.

Howard Hughes was a hero of mine, as a pioneering race pilot and aviation entrepreneur. He didn’t really design airplanes but he paid for their development and pushed his designers to do great and innovative things. I was lucky enough to go inside his H-4 (Spruce Goose) before it was opened to the public. Hughes was dead by this time but I got to meet his Chief Engineer, William Berry, who had been brought out of retirement to prepare the H-4 for public display. Berry gave us an hour-long technical talk on the design including the pioneering work that he and his team had done on molded structures and full-authority hydraulic flight control systems. It was fascinating, and miles ahead of others at that time. For the full story see my autobiography. Later I learned that William Berry was actually the father of singer/songwriter Jan Berry, of 1960’s surf band Jan and Dean. I still love their stuff.

Wilbur and Orville Wright were heroes of mine from an early age. I read a child’s biography of them when I was about eight, and have been their fan ever since. I still hate it when books or talking heads describe them as “lucky bicycle mechanics.” They were true aviation scientists using theory and experiment to, one by one, solve the problems of flight.

I was most influenced by the designers who taught me how “real” aircraft design is done, in my early years at NAA-Rockwell. My main mentor was Lester Hendrix, the designer of the B-1 and HiMat. Harry Scott, one of the main configuration designers of the Space Shuttle, taught me a lot and still does. While long since retired, I occasionally take him to lunch and pepper him with questions. My first boss, Loui Hecq, taught me many things including the importance of getting the landing gear right. George Owl, a Cherokee Native American and the key layout designer of the B-70 and designer of the Formula One Owl Racers, quietly educated me about conics and mechanisms. There were many more – thanks to you all!

Well, that’s about it. See you at the airport, or the next AIAA meeting!

Copyright © 2020 by Daniel P. Raymer. All Rights Reserved. Permission is hereby granted to AIAA to post this on its website and use it in not-for-profit outreach activities, provided that this copyright statement is retained and the text is used in its entirety and without editing. No further distribution or reproduction is authorized.

Dan and Ester Raymer at Poppy Fields
Dr. Dan Raymer Piloting Sling2


April 18, 2020 @ 9:00 am 4:00 pm PDT

Technologies to live on other planets, food, air, water, energy, transportation and communication

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Saturday, April 18th, 2020, 9 AM – 4 PM (Pacific Time)

3rd AIAA LA LV New Space e-mini-Conference

Technologies to live on other planets, food, air, water, energy, transportation and communication

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Telephone Dial-in: 877 853 5257 (Toll Free)

Also included: Aerospace career workshop or resume writing / interview tips for various engineering, medical, art etc. disciplines by experts from Aeroject-Rocketdyne, Boeing, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martion, and NASA JPL, etc.

Dr. Chandrashekhar Sonwane,
Chair of AIAA LA LV, EPA Scientific Advisory Board member
Aerojet-Rocketdyne (Welcome Message)

Inaugural Presentation: Technologies to Live on Other Planets:
Getting There, and Getting Around
-Three design studies by Dan Raymer, from wild to really crazy

Presented by
Dr. Daniel P. Raymer, author of
Aircraft Design: A Conceptual Approach

Shawn Boike, (Space Force)

Prof. Joyce Liao, Stanford Univ. Medical School
(Eye-brain issues in microgravity and the effect of hypoxia in COVID-19 infection)

Matthew Kuhns, Masten Space Systems
(Lunar (Artemis) activities and Additive Manufacturing)

Marty Waldman, SIL, AIAA Las Vegas, NDIA S. Nevada
(Aerospace activities in the Clark County)

Fred Lawler, Raytheon (Resume Workshop and Interview Skills)

Moises Seraphin and Brett Cornick (Challenges faced by future Generation)

Jennifer S. Perdigao and Jared Schneider,
Tressler’s Transportation Practice Group
(Space Junk Liability)

Erik Jessen, Raytheon (Agile and Extreme Programming)

(Additional speakers from Boeing, Aerojet-Rocketdyne, Northrop Grumman)

(Exhibitors are welcome and will have 5-10 min each to introduce.)

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AIAA Los Angeles-Las Vegas Section

Toyota Makes a New $394 Million Bet on Flying Taxis

According the Bloomberg on January 15, 2020, Toyota Motor Corp. is making a $394 million investment in Joby Aviation, one of the handful of companies with the seemingly implausible goal of making electric air taxis that shuttle people over gridlocked highways and city streets.

AIAA LA-LV Section had already an existing event on Feb. 22, 2020, to network and discuss about the Electric and Hybrid Aircraft:

Please join us, and/or share you comments/thoughts here. Thanks a lot!