Aviation pioneer Combs joins IBI’s Ed Slack at the METSTRADE Theatre for a deep dive into Sustainability Challenges and Opportunities from the Sky to the Sea


The light aviation industry could offer inspiration to our sector when it comes to electrification, at least in the eyes of METSTRADE 2022 keynote speaker Cory Combs, co-founder of aviation electric propulsion pioneer, Ampaire. 

Combs will join IBI Chief Editor Ed Slack at the METSTRADE Theatre in the Elicium at 11am on Tuesday, November 15, for a deeper dive into his keynote topic: ‘Paragon or Pariah? Sustainability Challenges and Opportunities from the Sky to the Sea’.

One of the electric aviation pioneer’s key takeaways from his experience at Ampaire is to start small and iterate with the technology and infrastructure that exists today, rather than waiting for silver bullet solutions. 

With the drive to electric, is the leisure marine industry in danger of biting off more than it can chew? Are we at risk of simply failing faster by overlooking current technologies in the race to pure electric? How do we overcome anxiety about the travel range of electric boats?  Where do the parallels between the aviation and marine sectors truly lie and how best can we exploit that shared experience? They’re just some of the questions IBI will put to Combs on Tuesday. 

Be sure to join Ed Slack & Cory Combs at the METSTRADE Theatre on Tuesday morning, 11am

Cory Combs

Cory Combs

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 test-bed Electric EEL, based on the proven Cessna 337 Skymaster, is demonstrating fuel savings of 40%. Ampaire has already secured orders from airlines for hybrid adaptations of existing small commuter planes which are planned to enter service within the next three years.

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

Last Chance to Attend the BBA!


Tickets to the Boat Builder Awards Gala Dinner, taking place the evening of November 15 in Amsterdam, are running low – act now to get your’s. Ticket are available to purchase individually or you can opt for the last remaining tables of 10 to enjoy an unforgettable evening with colleagues and industry contacts under the starlit canopy of Amsterdam’s National Maritime Museum:

  • Individual tickets are €275 plus VAT. 
  • A table of ten is €2,750 plus VAT.
All tickets cover admission to the event at the Maritime Museum including:
a spectactular cruise through Amsterdam's scenic canals,
welcome drinks, gala dinner, entertainment,
the awards ceremony & after-dinner party.

The return of this event is not to be missed, tickets can be purchased here and are offered on a first come, first serve basis.

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