Last week marked the Aerospace Technology Institute’s (ATI) inaugural conference, titled ‘Realising Ambition’. As the name suggests, our aim was to help the sector realise the potential of the UK sector and explore the opportunities of how we can become even better at what we do. The event was a huge success. We would like to thank our speakers, delegates and stakeholders for their contributions and presence.
There was a positive buzz at the NEC. People were focused and enjoying the programme and the many networking opportunities that were made available across the two days. All the presentations and discussions were insightful and bold. They reflected the sheer talent, expertise and ambitions of our sector and the diverse background of the people in the room.
The purpose of the conference was to convene the UK aerospace sector and provide an update on the Institute’s strategy, Raising Ambition, and the £3.9 billion investment programme for aerospace research & technology (R&T). Delegates were able to hear many perspectives, visions, conversations and discussions from leaders and senior executives of the global industry.
Gary Elliott, ATI’s Chief Executive Officer said:
“The ATI conference was an important moment for the Institute. It was a key part of our remit to convene the sector and share insights from a wide range of organisations and individuals – not just from the UK, but internationally too. Last week demonstrated a fine example of collaboration between UK and international aerospace organisations.
The ATI is connecting stakeholders, bringing together consortia and catalysing research programmes to develop and advance new aerospace technologies. We influence the sector through our technology strategy Raising Ambition, and by leveraging our investment of £3.9 billion across the sector.
That is good. But we can do more. UK aerospace is not short of ideas. But we need to do more with those ideas. We need to convert ideas into actions.
The ATI also has ideas and ambitions of its own. We will shape a vision of future aircraft that will catalyse the sector to respond to the challenges of 2030 and beyond. We will propose future aircraft architectures, inspire future technologies and understand and translate the market potential for hybrid-electric aircraft.
Hybrid-electric aircraft was one of the common themes that emerged at the conference through presentations, talks and discussions. The move to more electric aircraft is one of the key technology themes within the Raising Ambition strategy; the ATI is working on a strategy and INSIGHT paper on Electrical Power Systems (due to be published by late 2018), and we will be launching some activity around hybrid-electric conceptual modelling soon.
There was also a lot of interest around disruptive technologies and collaboration. Disruption can come in many forms. Through innovation, new technologies, materials or processes. We may also see disruption in aerospace coming from other sectors, such as automotive.
Gary Elliot, during his presentation said:
We must not wait for disruption to happen. We must be the disruptors. We must not be afraid to take the global view of aerospace and turn it upside down.
The ATI aims to create Better Aerospace through Best Technology, and we can only do that through focus, collaboration, and an ambition to be disruptive.
Over the coming weeks we look forward to sharing more blogs about the conference that will include summaries from individual presentations and discussions and outcomes from our breakout sessions.
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