In the first of its series of four webinars on the industry’s most important agenda items in aviation sustainability, FlightGlobal and a panel of industry experts will take stock of the progress towards the wide scale use of sustainable aviation fuels.

The webinar will examine and debate:

  • The technical development of SAF – what are the challenges to 100% usage in aircraft engines by 2025?
  • Not all SAFs are the same – what does this mean for uptake, technical solutions, and the ability of SAF to truly deliver decarbonisation benefits?
  • Is SAF production ramping up fast enough – what are the investment and regulatory conditions needed to achieve the scale up required?
  • Can the use of SAFs help with the reduction of non-CO2 emissions from contrail formation?

Joining Mark Pilling, FlightGlobal’s contributing editor and the moderator of the webinar, are leading figures in the world of aviation and sustainability.


Sean Bradshaw Technical Fellow, Sustainable Propulsion, Pratt & Whitney

Sean Bradshaw is the technical fellow of sustainable propulsion for Pratt & Whtiney, the company that introduced the GTF™ family of engines in 2016 to drive down the environmental impact of the latest generation of commercial airframes. His primary focus is on the advanced technologies required for environmentally sustainable aircraft propulsion systems. This includes developing and maintaining a sustainability strategy across Pratt & Whitney that integrates with Raytheon Technologies. Bradshaw is also engaged in Pratt & Whitney-sponsored university research on advanced technologies related to sustainable propulsion systems, and he supports the recruitment and development of core engineering talent at Pratt & Whitney. Bradshaw earned a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Science, and holds a Ph.D. in aeronautics & astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He has five U.S. patents and ten peer-reviewed publications.

Mark Pilling Contributing Editor, FlightGlobal

Mark Pilling is an experienced leader in aviation media, publishing and data services with 25+ years of magazine editing, publishing management and business management experience. In 2019, Mark led the management team that successfully divested the FlightGlobal aviation media business from FTSE100 company RELX to German media group DVV Media International. In the 1990s and 2000s Mark was the editor of several leading aviation titles, notably Airline Business, Airport World and Airports International. He went on to be publisher of the FlightGlobal aviation brands including Flight International, and Flight Daily News. Mark joined the senior management team of FlightGlobal in 2012 and was part of the group that spearheaded the acquisition of leading aviation data businesses Ascend, Innovata and FlightStats as Flightglobal and parent RELX expanded aggressively into this sector.

Sean Newsum Senior Director, Environmental Sustainability Strategy, Boeing

Sean Newsum is senior director of Environmental Sustainability Strategy. In this role, he leads a team that is responsible for developing an integrated strategy to address the sustainability of Boeing and the aviation industry, with a focus on setting the decarbonization path for the future aviation industry. In addition to leading Boeing’s efforts on sustainable aviation fuel, this also includes representing Boeing with key industry bodies, including the ICAO Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection, the Air Transport Action Group board of directors, and environmental committee of the Aerospace Industries Association. During his more than 30 years at Boeing, Newsum has served in positions of increasing responsibility in engineering, program management, strategy, marketing and business development in commercial airplanes, services, and presently sustainability. A native of Washington state, Newsum earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s deree.

Andreea Moyes Aviation Global Sustainability Director, BP

Steven Barrett Associate Department Head, Aeronautics & Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Steven Barrett is a Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is Associate Department Head of the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department. He is director of the the MIT Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment and leads the MIT Electric Aircraft Initiative. He’s also a Visiting Professor at Seoul National University’s Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Departments. Before joining MIT in 2010 Steven was a faculty member at Cambridge University’s Engineering Department, where he completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees in aerospace engineering. The aim of Steven’s research is to help aviation achieve zero environmental impacts. This includes developing low emissions and noise propulsion technologies for aircraft, improving scientific understanding of the atmospheric impacts of aircraft pollution, and evaluating the sustainability of biofuels and electric aircraft.