Electric aircraft visionary to deliver the Breakfast Keynote Speech at METSTRADE 2022

Thursday, 25 August 2022

Sustainability Challenges and Opportunities from the Sky to the Sea

ICOMIA and METSTRADE are pleased to announce that TED Fellow and ICAS Aerospace Innovation Award recipient, Cory Combs, will deliver the Breakfast Keynote Speech at the METSTRADE show on 15 November 2021. Cory’s presentation on how leisure marine can become a model for introducing innovation in sustainability will be followed by the keenly awaited announcement of the 2022 DAME Design Award winners.

The renowned METSTRADE Breakfast Briefing is the not-to-be-missed opening for three days of the world’s largest gathering of marine professionals. In “Paragon or Pariah? Sustainability Challenges and Opportunities from the Sky to the Sea”, Combs will explain a key takeaway from his experience at Ampaire – to start small and iterate with the technology and infrastructure that exists today, rather than waiting for silver bullet solutions.

Udo Kleinitz, Secretary General at ICOMIA, states: "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-carbonisation strategies and face similar challenges. I am excited to hear about lessons learned and discuss how to better achieve sustainability across the entire marine industry".

Cory Combs is the co-founder of aviation electric propulsion pioneer, Ampaire, which is hitting news headlines around the globe for its rapid evolution of hybrid powered small passenger and freight planes. Its testbed Electric EEL, based on the proven Cessna 337 Skymaster, is demonstrating fuel savings of 40 per cent. Ampaire has already secured orders from airlines for hybrid adaptions of existing small commuter planes which are planned to enter service within the next three years.

Combs graduated from Stanford University with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering. He worked as an R&D engineer for a cleantech startup and then on X-plane projects for Northrop Grumman prior to co-founding Ampaire in 2016.

Speaking about the opportunities for shared learning across maritime and aerospace, he says: "I am honoured to speak at METSTRADE’s 2022 Keynote Speech. The marine leisure industry shares many challenges with aviation, especially small aircraft, in terms of public perception and difficulty in going green. 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 are applicable 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."

The Breakfast Briefing will take place on the morning of Tuesday 15 November in the Auditorium of the RAI Convention Centre prior to opening of METSTRADE 2022. It welcomes exhibitors and VIP guests on invitation only.

For more information about this press release, please contact Stanislava Try at stani@icomia.com.
For more information about METSTRADE 2022, please contact Eva van de Pol on +31 (0)6 434 27 014, or email e.vd.pol@rai.nl


The International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) is the international trade association representing the global marine industry since 1966. ICOMIA brings together national marine industry associations in one global organisation, presenting a strong and united voice when dealing with issues challenging the industry. Nearly 40 national associations across the world are full members covering most of the industrial world, from North America across to Japan and from Finland to New Zealand. ICOMIA lobbies international authorities and major organisations, publishes documents and guidelines while also producing tools to facilitate the growth of the industry. For more information, visit www.icomia.org

About the METSTRADE Show

The METSTRADE show is the world’s largest trade exhibition of equipment, materials and systems for the international leisure marine industry. Organised by RAI Amsterdam in association with ICOMIA (International Council of Marine Industry Associations), it includes three dedicated areas of expertise: the SuperYacht Pavilion, the Marina & Yard Pavilion and the Construction Material Pavilion. More information is available on www.metstrade.com.

About Cory Combs and Ampaire

Cory Combs is a thought leader in aerospace and cleantech who has been recognised as a 2021 TED Fellow, 2019 Emerson Collective Dial Fellow, and 2021 ICAS Aerospace Innovation Award recipient for his work in electrifying aviation.
Cory founded the electric aircraft company Ampaire, which in 2019 flew what was then the largest plane ever to use electric propulsion: the plug-in hybrid Electric EEL. Ampaire’s second iteration of the plane was the first to demonstrate daily flights on actual airline routes with flights in California, Hawaii, and the UK and it continues to set flight distance records. A third version of this aircraft model is now flying as a groundbreaking in-flight high-power testbed for the US Department of Energy. Ampaire recently ground tested its much larger Eco Caravan plug in hybrid aircraft which is due to fly late this year. It is actively scaling up to an even larger 19 passenger aircraft based on the Twin Otter workhorse plane. See www.ampaire.com