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40 Years ago, Airbus was born and immediately set out to create exciting and innovative aircraft to challenge the field of civil aviation. 100 years ago the Bristol Aeroplane Company was formed and the pioneers from those decades in the past have enabled current aerospace engineers to build on lessons learnt and develop technology for the future. Today Airbus looks forward another 40 years to 2050 and beyond, discussing the anticipated global needs of a better connected and more sustainable world. In 40 or 50 years time, will the world be very different from today? What will have changed on our planet and can we predict this future? What will the world of air travel look like in the future, and most importantly what direct benefits will it bring? As well as investigating some of the answers to these questions Charles Champion, Executive Vice President of Engineering will look at the engineering developments at Airbus that will bring these ideas to fruition. 

About the speaker: Charles Champion, Executive Vice President of Engineering, Airbus SAS

Charles Champion began his professional career in 1980 with Aérospatiale as an engineer in aerodynamics. He was in charge of the single-aisle aircraft final assembly lines from 1988 to 1992. In 1993, he was promoted to Director of Airbus Programmes at Aérospatiale's headquarters in Paris. He returned to Toulouse in 1995 as Managing Director of the Future Large Aircraft (FLA) military transport project, now launched as the A400M, starting a new business for Airbus in the military field. From 1999 until end 2000, he held the position of Product Executive for Airbus Single Aisle Programme, before being appointed Head of the A380 programme, until the successful certification of the A380 in 2006. From 2007 to April 2010, Charles was Executive Vice President in charge of Customer Services, responsible for the support of all Airbus Aircraft around the world and for the development of services for Airbus customers. Charles was appointed Executive Vice President Engineering in April 2010. In this role he is responsible for research & technology, overall product architecture and concept development, the design office, integration & flight-testing and continued product airworthiness as well as coordinating the engineering direction of Airbus transnationally. In this new position, Charles continues to be a member of the Airbus Executive Committee since his appointment to the committee in 2007. 

Royal Aeronautical Society
20 October 2011