AIAA LA-LV Sustainable Aviation mini-Conference 2021

February 27 @ 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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Sustainable Aviation mini-Conference 2021


Saturday, February 27, 2021, 10 AM PST

an AIAA LA-LV online event on Zoom

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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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