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Future Flight workshops

Posted on 12/03/2020

KTN is hosting three themed online networking events to support the creation of consortia for the ISCF Future Flight Challenge on 16, 23 and 30 April.

You, like us, will be only too aware of the fast-developing situation with regards to the Covid-19 pandemic.  At KTN and UK Research and Industry (UKRI) we recognise the importance of the aviation sector to the UK economy and we are aware that the current situation has significantly impacted both this industry and the wider research and innovation community.


UKRI Chief Executive Professor Sir Mark Walport said:

“During the coronavirus pandemic, UKRI has two priorities: the safety and wellbeing of our workforce and, as far as possible, the continuation of our business as a national funder of research and innovation.”


The Future Flight Challenge Team is working to ensure the programme remains on track and that we continue to support innovative solutions to keep goods, services and people moving.


Phase II of UKRI‘s ISCF Future Flight Challenge is due to open and to support the creation of consortia, KTN is hosting three themed online networking events. The events are open to anyone interested in forming or joining a consortium and it is not just the traditional aviation industry that is needed.


The Future Flight programme, funded by £125m from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund aims to revolutionise the way people, goods and services fly. It will support the development of a novel integrated aviation system around freight-carrying drones, urban air vehicles to hybrid-electric regional aircraft.  The challenge will also develop the supporting ground infrastructure, regulation and control systems required to use these new aircraft practically and safely.


A wide range of sectors, technologies and services is needed to deliver this challenge.  Diverse ‘super-consortia’ are being formed to bring together industry expertise, not just from within the traditional aviation sector but from areas such as health, data, digital app development, urban planning and construction.  From drones delivering urgent medical supplies to flying taxis and from ensuring aircraft can ‘see round corners’ to cyber security considerations, this challenge is ambitious in its scale and requires an ambitious response.


The themed events are:

16 April – Infrastructure.  Register here
23 April – Use cases.  Register here 
30 April – Regulation. Register here


The aim of the three events is to:

  • Convene interested parties to enable new collaborations to form
  • Raise awareness of the successful applicants from Phase I (as they will lead the consortia for Phase II)
  • Attract non-traditional aviation companies to Future Flight
  • Inform on the capabilities and expertise on offer to support your Future Flight project


On registering for an event you will have the opportunity to express interest in delivering a two minute pitch to highlight your own capability and the option to book meetings with delegates.


Event details

16 April – Infrastructure

This event will focus on the digital and physical infrastructure requirements to enable a future integrated aviation system.  Covering areas such as how the new aircraft will be charged, how they will integrate into current infrastructure and future construction projects and what digital infrastructure is required to enable positioning, flight movements and communications to happen.


23 April – Use cases

This event will cover the physical, virtual and technology operations already in existence, or in planning, that can support an integrated aviation system.  Areas to consider will be flight corridors for experimentation/feasibility/demo flights, regional connectivity in island and remote communities, the demonstration of drones or air taxis, the demonstration of a partially integrated system and the use of drones to deliver vital health care services.


30 April, Regulation

Covering how a new and novel integrated aviation system should be regulated to ensure safety, this event will cover what regulations and standards need to be in place to ensure the safety of new aircraft in built environments and near airports, the fuels used and the charging of aircraft, how any modelling mirrors reality and how the new aircraft fly and ‘see’ round corners (and out of visual line of sight).


A huge variety of sector expertise is needed for this challenge: if you are interested in attending any of the online events, click on the links at the top of this article to register.


To find out more about the Future Flight Challenge, watch the Challenge Director’s video below, and visit our Future Flight page.