Jointly hosted by the BDLI and German Aerospace Center DLR as well as partnered by the European Commission and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, the 3rd Berlin Aviation Summit (BAS) offered a sound runway for taking-off the debate:
On 21 June 2022 – the eve of ILA, Europe´s first live airshow since the beginning of the pandemic – high-level representatives from the global aerospace community seized the opportunity to meet in person and discuss the future of flight.
The joint ambition: Pioneering aerospace – to make air transport sustainable and eventually carbon-free.
The joint commitment: Starting the future today – to take immediate responsibility towards young generations while aiming at achieving ultimate climate-neutrality by 2050.
After the German government had already presented its plans for driving sustainable air traffic in the morning, the Berlin Aviation Summit 2022 kicked-off with ACARE (the sector-spanning Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe) handing over its new vision for aviation in Europe to the German vice chancellor. The central commitment of the concept: Decarbonizing aviation while serving the needs of the citizens with the innovative power of a healthy industry.
In view of the complexity of this challenge, all participants agreed it can only be mastered by leveraging and combining a broad set of different perspectives and expertise. For this reason, the summit gathered a large variety of guests and speakers from different sectors from around the world: From politics and regulatory authorities to science and industry. From OEM and suppliers to airlines and air traffic managers. From incumbents to start-ups.
Consequently, the conference participants discussed a broad set of strategies, technologies and solutions: from optimizing air-traffic routing over developing and deploying new fuels (like hydrogen and sustainable aviation fuels) up to fostering future aircraft design (including completely new vehicles for disruptive forms of transport, such as urban air mobility).
Beyond commercial aviation, speakers and panelists appreciated the crucial role of space and defence technologies – as integral part of the aerospace industry as well as indispensable capabilities to defend our values as well as to prevent crises and conflicts.
At the end of a long day, the conference participants were already looking forward to the next one: With the ILA Airshow (Berlin, 22.-26. June) providing the opportunity to continue the discussion on how to keep on jointly advancing the common purpose: Pioneering Aerospace.