Head of Uber Elevate Eric Allison to Provide View of Aviation’s Future at NBAA-BACE

Contact: Dan Hubbard, 202-783-9360, dhubbard@nbaa.org

Washington, DC, Oct. 10, 2019 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) announced today that Eric Allison, head of the Elevate initiative at rideshare pioneer Uber Technologies, Inc., will return as a featured Day 2 Keynote speaker at the 2019 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), taking place Oct. 22-24 in Las Vegas, NV.

Allison, who led a headline-driving keynote presentation at last year’s NBAA-BACE, joined Uber Elevate in 2018 to spearhead Uber’s efforts to bring its ridesharing business to the air through a network of all-electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. Uber plans to launch this product, Uber Air, into commercial operation by 2023.

“Uber Elevate and its partners are at the forefront of developing new aircraft types and technologies to make urban on-demand transportation a reality,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “We welcome this opportunity to hear more about how Uber Elevate is transforming the aviation industry and creating new opportunities across exciting new market segments.”

Over the past year, Uber Elevate has continued to hone its operating model, working to develop practical UAM vehicles with several partner companies, including Aurora Flight Sciences, a Boeing company; Bell; EmbraerX; Karem Aircraft; Pipistrel Vertical Solutions; and Jaunt Air Mobility. The company unveiled several proposed Uber Air Skyport design concepts this summer and named Melbourne, Australia as a new UAM test city, joining previously announced locations in Los Angeles, CA and Dallas, TX.

Prior to joining Uber Elevate, Allison helped launch Zee.Aero, an effort to develop a two-place self-piloted eVTOL aircraft, and served as the company’s CEO from 2015 to 2018. He received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Milwaukee School of Engineering and his master’s and doctorate from Stanford University, studying under a Stanford Graduate Fellowship.

Allison is a recipient of the Ballhaus prize for best Ph.D. thesis, and the grand prize at the Stanford BASES E-Challenge competition. He currently serves on the NASA Advisory Council Aeronautics Committee.

View a video excerpt of Eric Allison’s Uber Elevate presentation at 2018 NBAA-BACE.


No other industry event showcases the innovation and excitement of the global business aviation community like NBAA-BACE, where attendees have the unparalleled opportunity to compare the latest business aircraft, products, technology and services offered by this dynamic industry. Taking place at the Las Vegas Convention Center and Henderson Executive Airport Oct. 22-24, the 2019 edition of NBAA-BACE offers a premier venue to experience the very latest that business aviation has to offer, as well as multiple opportunities for networking and education.

Learn more about NBAA-BACE.

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Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The association represents more than 11,000 companies and professionals and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), the world’s largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at www.nbaa.org.

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