Electric plane visionary Cory Combs to speak at METSTRADE 2022 breakfast

AMSTERDAM _ Electric aviation visionary Cory Combs will deliver the Keynote speech at the breakfast meeting opening the 2022 METSTRADE show on November 15 at the RAI events complex in the Dutch capital.

Udo Kleinitz, Secretary General at ICOMIA, says, “We are pleased to welcome Cory Combs at the 2022 Breakfast Briefing. METSTRADE and ICOMIA constantly aim to be at the forefront of sustainability across the sector.”

Both aviation and leisure marine industries are exploring de-carbonization strategies and face similar challenges. Combs is a  cofounder of Ampaire, a California-based start-up developing the next generation of hybrid-electric aircraft. He says leisure marine can become a model for introducing innovation in sustainability.

Ampaire’s hybrid electric EEL, based on the Cessna 337 Skymaster, achieves fuel savings of 40% and has won orders from airlines keen to fly small commuter planes. “The marine leisure industry shares many challenges with aviation, tiny aircraft, in terms of public perception and difficulty in going green,” says Combs.

“In aviation, there is the flight shaming movement, and recently there has been no small amount of boat shaming too. The marine leisure industry, like aerospace, will stick out like a sore thumb unless we show the way towards a cleaner future.

“At Ampaire, we’ve learned big lessons on electrifying aircraft that apply to marine applications. Both industries are well positioned to kickstart the technologies and supply chain required to achieve sustainability. The only option neither sector has is business as usual.”