What We Do

Bye Aerospace is applying innovative zero CO2 electric propulsion systems to its airplanes. We also develop and integrate structural and mechanical systems along with aerodynamic advances to design, build our market aerospace products that offer significant economic benefits and increases in performance to aerospace markets. Our primary project is the all-electric “eFlyer” general aviation aircraft, which will dramatically reduce ops-cost and eliminate CO2. 

The Home of Innovation

Projects

Bye Aerospace has two electric aircraft projects with the first and most important 2-seat “eFlyer 2” well underway in the FAA 14 CFR 23 aircraft certification process. These two projects range from ready-to-purchase to R&D stage. We encourage you to learn more about our projects and determine how you can get involved with propelling the future.

George E. Bye

Founder and CEO of Bye Aerospace

 George E. Bye is the Founder, CEO and Chairman of Bye Aerospace and the “Father of Today’s Electric Aviation Industry”, Twin & Turbine Magazine, October 2021.  He is the innovator behind Bye Aerospace, which was founded in 2007, with two decades of experience as an aerospace entrepreneur, engineer and executive, balancing internal development with research of advanced concepts.

 Mr. Bye has developed several aircraft designs. He is the driving force behind the concept and development of the all-electric eFlyer 2, eFlyer 4 and eFlyer 800 aircraft. The eFlyer 2 is now in the FAA certification process.  Previously he designed the 14-foot wing-span solar-electric hybrid UAV, “Silent Falcon,” now in production in a former Bye Aerospace subsidiary.  He also conceived the new, piloted solar-electric SOLESA design which has completed initial flight test. 

 Mr. Bye is a well-known pioneer and conceptual design engineer and has been asked to consult with major OEMs on their advanced development programs. For two years he was a part of the conceptual design leadership team on the Boeing T-X program, now known as the T-7A “Red Hawk” USAF advanced jet trainer, as well as providing periodic expert reviews of an advanced conceptual electric aviation design program at Lockheed Martin. He is featured in “The American Entrepreneur” by Kathleen Tracy, was selected as “One of Colorado’s top 100 C-level executives” for 2020 from Titan CEO, and has also authored articles for industry journals, textbooks and publications.

 Mr. Bye holds a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Washington and is an ATP rated pilot with over 4,000 flying hours. He was a USAF instructor pilot in the supersonic T-38 for Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training, C-141B Instructor Aircraft Commander and is a Desert Storm veteran.


 

How else does one become a Renaissance Man except by having well-rounded parents.

 Growing up in the northwest, George’s father taught him sports, building projects, and good old hard work. He helped mow the lawn, wash the car, build a deck onto the family home, and even learned to build an electric motor from scratch. He joined the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts where he and his father climbed mountains together.

 Explorations also involved riding his red Sting Ray bike all over town and visiting Grandma’s house out in the country, where he got to ride horses and play chess. He spent many an hour building Lego airplanes and then ‘flew’ them across the living room on string, straight into the fireplace mantel landing zone. 

 George’s mom taught him the love of design, arts, music (including ten years of violin lessons) but George really loved baseball.  Starting at a very young age, his father and George, would play catch for hours in the front yard of the house in Corvallis, Oregon. He played baseball through his senior year of high school and became a Tri-County All-Star.  George also enjoyed basketball and football in junior high and high school.

 The love of flight took root at a very young age. His mother and father bought a Piper airplane when he was just a youngster.  It was very unusual in the 1960’s, but Marilyn, his mother, learned to fly and received her pilot’s license.  They went flying often and this is where he began dreaming of becoming an Air Force pilot one day.  He watched with fascination the growing space program and developments of new supersonic jets. By the time he reached high school, he had decided on his path, his destiny, and with great clarity set about achieving it with great determination.

George Bye’s Military Career

 Engineering School at UW and USAF ROTC: 

George attended the University of Washington in Seattle 1976-1980.  In addition to his engineering studies, he received a USAF pilot ROTC scholarship and rose through the cadet ranks. He graduated having achieved the rank of Cadet Colonel and ROTC Wing Commander and distinguished graduate.  Upon graduation in June of 1980, he earned both his Engineering degree and became a USAF 2nd Lieutenant.  As an ROTC Distinguished Graduate, George was offered the selection of his pilot training base, choosing Williams AFB in beautiful Phoenix, Arizona.

 Undergraduate Pilot Training: 

George started USAF active duty and commenced Undergraduate Pilot Training in early 1981. There, he flew the subsonic and capable Cessna T-37 and later, the supersonic Northrop T-38 – an experience in which he both excelled and relished.  George earned his USAF pilot wings in March of 1982 and as a UPT Distinguished Graduate selected the strategic Lockheed C-141 jet transport at McChord AFB, near Seattle.

 T-38s at ENJJPT: 

After a successful tour in C-141’s at McChord AFB, his commander offered him the prestigious opportunity to fly T-38’s at the new NATO undergraduate pilot training program called “Euro-NATO-Joint-Jet-Pilot-Training” or “ENJJPT” in Wichita Falls, Texas.  The unique program was ‘fighter-pilot-only’ oriented in its training syllabus, combining many aspects of USAF UPT with fighter pilot flying skills – heavily emphasizing formation and tactical flight training and adding 2 additional, advanced “check rides” for the European NATO pilot candidates. Successful graduates from ENJJPT were selected to fly the most advanced jet fighters of the “Cold War” era.  As George progressed from 1983 through his 5-year tour at ENJJPT, he trained student pilots in the supersonic T-38. He also became an Applied Aerodynamics Instructor and updated the aerodynamics course text.  Later, George advanced to Chief of the T-38 Academics Branch.  He also began to instruct fellow pilots that were transitioning to their new instructor pilot duties at ENJJPT, the pilot instructor training (“PIT”) program.  George completed his ENJJPT tour with 1,000 flight hours in the supersonic T-38, a formative experience that would later be important to his future aerospace career.

 Desert Storm: 

In 1989, George returned to McChord AFB and the C-141 in a reserve squadron but was soon very active in worldwide missions to Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, with special contingency operations in Panama, Peru, and El Salvador.  In 1990, Desert Shield (later “Desert Storm”) commenced, and George was among the first re-called to active duty, to spend much of the war deployed flying missions into the Middle East from AFB bases in Europe.  The Desert Storm mission tempo was extreme, with 1,000 C-141 flying hours in a single year.  Following Desert Storm, George flew missions supporting US Contingency Ops in Somalia, finally leaving the Air Force in 1993 with almost 4,000 flight hours and a passion for aerospace.

Senior Leadership Team

Tom Bowen
Chief Engineer
Tom Bowen is a 35-year aviation professional with experience at all levels of the General Aviation industry; from the shop floor, the cockpit, and the contracts negotiating table to the Executive Suite. Tom is comfortable with all aspects of product development, production operations, engineering, testing, product integrity processes, FAA certification, organization of trade shows and aircraft sales, as well as giving public presentations and press conferences. Tom will take the Sun Flyer project to the next level and through FAR-23 certification .Tom and his wife have been married for over 35 years and they have four daughters, two son-in-law’s and a black lab named Coal.
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John Knudsen
General Counsel & Executive Vice President
John Knudsen has over 40 years of Aviation legal and corporate general counsel experience. With a combination of government, private practice and corporate General Counsel practice, developing deep experience in all facets of Aviation litigation and insurance, FAA Regulatory and Compliance as well as Corporate and General legal matters. He is currently the Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Bye Aerospace, Inc. where he manages all internal corporate legal matters; FAA certification and compliance; insurance and risk management; as well as all government relations for the company. He maintains currency in private Colorado aviation law practice. Prior to private and corporate practice, he spent 5 years as Trial Attorney with the Federal Aviation Administration and Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. representing FAA in numerous cases brought against the Agency and employees under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), five of which were successfully tried to defense verdicts. He represented the FAA in three major airline crash investigation hearings before the National Transportation Safety Board and assisted in representation on numerous general Agency legal matters. He was the co-founder, President, and General Counsel with Adam Aircraft and was a partner with a specialized Aviation Law Firm in Denver, CO practicing in major airline and commercial operator aviation insurance defense litigation, aircraft transactional matters, FAA enforcement defense, regulatory and certification matters as well as general corporate law and civil litigation. Mr. Knudsen received a B.S. degree in Business and Accounting from the University of Colorado (1974) and a J.D. from the University of Puget Sound (Seattle University) School of Law (1987). While attending Law School, he was a Captain for a small commuter airline operating in the Seattle, WA area. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Knudsen spent seven years as a pilot in the U.S. Navy flying the A-6 Intruder and numerous other aircraft including the A-4 Skyhawk, T-2C Buckeye and T-34. He has logged more than 150 aircraft carrier landings. He continued his service in the U.S. Navy Reserves flying the P-3 Orion and retired in 1994 at the rank of Lt. Commander. He is an ATP rated pilot with Lear Jet and Citation SP type ratings and has logged over 3800 flight hours.
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Tom Calgaard
Sr. Vice President of Strategy and Business Development
Mr. Calgaard has a diverse background in engineering, strategy, program management, business development, commercialization, and venture capital. Leading the strategy and business development for Bye Aerospace, Mr. Calgaard is responsible for growing the company. Before joining Bye Aerospace, Mr. Calgaard spent 12 years at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, where he held various leadership positions in engineering, strategy, and business development. Mr. Calgaard holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Iowa State University, a M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California, and an MBA with a focus in Finance and Venture Capital from the University of Colorado Denver.
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Christina Herren
Vice President Human Resources and Administrative Operations
Ms. Herren is our Vice President of Human Resources and Administrative Operations and brings with her over 25 years of human resources and administrative experience. Before joining Bye Aerospace, she was the Director of Administration for a childcare software startup, where she was a key contributor to establishing and streamlining processes and procedures. Known as a ‘fixer’, Ms. Herren is skilled in identifying inefficiencies and taking corrective action that results in recognized profit and heightened morale. She is responsible for human resources, facilities, safety and administration at Bye Aerospace. She also has extensive experience in the commercial aviation industry, and is quite comfortable with the general aviation and experimental aircraft world. A proud graduate of Arizona State University, she holds a BA in Business. When not at work, Ms. Herren enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, son, and two pups.
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Brad Busse
Director
Brad Busse has been the President of Busse Ventures since March 2014. Previously, he was an investment banker who specialized in Media, Telecom & Technology, for almost 30 years. Most recently, he was Co-Head of the U.S. Communications, Media & Entertainment ("CME") Group for RBC Capital Markets, where he was responsible for the management and strategic development of the CME Group’s business, which included mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt capital formation and financial advisory engagements. Prior to RBC, he was the President of Daniels & Associates, which was an investment bank that specialized in Media, Telecom & Technology prior to being acquired by RBC in January 2007. Mr. Busse began his professional career at Arthur Anderson & Co. in 1980 and, subsequently, became a financial manager for a $1 billion energy concern prior to joining Daniels & Associates.
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Dale Egan
Business Counsel
Mr. Egan is a shareholder with the law firm von Briesen & Roper in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and previously Associate General Counsel within Emerson Electric's mergers and acquisitions law group in St. Louis, Missouri. Before that he was Global General Counsel for American Appraisal, a 120-year old financial services firm operating in 26 countries. Mr. Egan is a Director and volunteer pilot for The Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation, where he has presented veteran initiatives at the White House. He co-founded ValorCorps, a company dedicated to placing veterans into civilian technology positions after leaving the service. Mr. Egan has a bachelor's degree in corporate finance from the University of St. Thomas and a law degree from Marquette University, with a concentration in corporate and intellectual property law. His aviation passions include grass runways, Twin Bonanzas, Navions and backcountry seaplane flying.
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Howard Janzen
Director
Howard Janzen has served as CEO and Chairman for several communications and energy companies. He was the CEO of Cool Planet Energy Systems, which CNBC ranked as a “Top 25 Disruptor of 2014” alongside SpaceX and Uber. He has served as CEO for One Communications, the U.S.’s largest privately held multi-regional service provider for businesses; as President of Sprint Business Solutions leading a $12 billion global operation, as President of Sprint’s Global Markets Group responsible for an $8 billion long distance business, as President, CEO and Chairman of Williams Communications Group where he led the company in completing a nearly $7 billion fiber optics network and completed the largest IPO in the telecom industry at that time with peak market capitalization of $30 billion. Mr. Janzen earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in metallurgical engineering from The Colorado School of Mines and is a licensed Professional Engineer. He completed the Harvard Business School Program for Management Development. He is an active instrument rated pilot with over 8,400 hours of flying time who has flown his airplane around the world and to 65 countries. Mr. Janzen serves on the Boards of Bye Aerospace, GTT, the Colorado School of Mines Foundation and The Cancer Prevention Initiative where he serves as Chairman. He is a Commissioner and Chairman Emeritus for GIIC, the Global Information Infrastructure Commission and a member of the advisory board for Denver University’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology. He is also a board member and past Chairman of the TBM Owners and Pilots Association.
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Frank Steeves
Director
Mr. Steeves is portfolio company General Counsel for KKR, a New York based private equity firm and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Washington University Law School in St. Louis, Missouri. He is also an author and frequent lecturer both in the US and internationally on the impact of globalization on business law development. Previously Mr. Steeves was Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary for Emerson Electric Company, where he managed Emerson's legal operations in more than 150 countries. Prior to Emerson, he was Vice Chairman of the Milwaukee Law Firm, von Briesen and Roper. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Metajure Inc. of Seattle, Washington, and many not-for-profit organizations, including the St. Louis Opera Company. In an earlier life, Mr. Steeves led the efforts to construct a 137 foot non-for-profit semester at sea sailed vessel, which is now the official Flagship of the State of Wisconsin. Mr. Steeves has been interested in aviation since he took his first flying lesson more than 35 years ago. He is currently owns and regularly flies a Lake Renegade amphibious aircraft.
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Craig Fuller
Director
Craig Fuller arrived in Washington, D.C. from California with the Reagan Administration in 1981. He served eight years in the White House, first as Assistant to President Reagan for Cabinet Affairs before becoming Chief of Staff to Vice President George H.W. Bush during the second term of the Administration. He co-chaired the President Bush Transition and then entered the private sector in Washington leading public affairs consulting firms, associations and serving as an officer of a major consumer packaged goods company. Most recently, he served as the president and CEO of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association which grew to over over 400,000 members during his tenure. Completing the five years he agreed to serve, he now resides in Easton, Maryland and leads The Fuller Company, a strategic consulting group he organized when he initially left government in 1989. He remained an active pilot for 50 years and has been active in aviation policy matters as the recent chairman of the RTCA and a member of the NextGen Advisory Council. In early 2014 he was appointed for a three year term to the FAA's Management Advisory Council. He serves as a director of Bye Aerospace and of Redbird Flight Simulations as well as MITRE Corporation’s Aviation Advisory Council. Prior to joining Bye Aerospace he served on the board of AEAC. Mr. Fuller is active in civic organizations, serving currently as the chairman of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and as a director of the Academy Art Museum, both located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
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Alexandre Couvelaire
Senior Vice President
Alexandre Couvelaire, is a well-known leader in general aviation, especially in Europe. In 1962, he founded Euralair, a small charter company at Le Bourget that grew into an FBO, MRO, air-charter and scheduled air carrier operating out of De Gaulle. At Euralair, he pioneered two-crew Boeing 737 operations in France and placed the first order for a Boeing 777. He also formed the first fractional ownership cooperate in France. In the mid-1980s Mr. Couvelaire acquired Mooney Aircraft Corporation, leading new innovative, development and propulsion programs.
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Rod Zastrow
Director
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Our Team

Strategic Advisory Council

Pete Bunce
President and CEO, General Aviation Manufactures Association
Mr. Bunce is the President and CEO of the General Aviation Manufactures Association which is headquartered in Washington, D.C. with additional offices in Brussels, Belgium. He travels worldwide engaging regulators, policy makers and elected officials to promote general aviation and advance the interests of GAMA's international membership of 80 airframe, avionics, engine and component manufacturers, as well as the world's leading business aviation maintenance, repair and overall companies. Pete retired from the United States Air Force in March 2005, with his last assignment as the Director of the Air Force Congressional Budget and Appropriations Liaison. During his 26 year Air Force career, Mr. Bunce flew F-15s and A-10s, while commanding several large operational fighter units.
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Chad Asarch
Business Executive & Attorney
Mr. Asarch is a principal of Steele Properties (real estate development) and the Monroe Group (property management), which own and operate approximately 5,000 rental apartment units across the country. Mr. Asarch previously served as Senior Vice President of Apartment Investment and Management Company (AIMCO, NYSE--AIV), and holds a J.D. (magna cum laude and law review) from the University of Michigan.
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Mark Johnson
Business Executive & Innovator
Mark Johnson is a co-founder and Senior Partner of Innosight, a strategic innovation consulting and investing company with offices in Massachusetts, Singapore and Switzerland, which he co-founded with Harvard Business School professor Clayton M. Christensen. He has been a strategic advisor to both Global 1000 and start-up companies in a wide range of industries—including automotive, health care, aerospace/defense, enterprise IT, energy, and consumer packaged goods. He has advised Singapore’s government on innovation and entrepreneurship. Mr. Johnson’s most recent work has focused on helping companies envision and create new growth, manage transformation, and achieve renewal through business model innovation, and he is a frequent writer and speaker on these topics. He is the coauthor of the book "Dual Transformation: How to Reposition Today’s Business While Creating the Future". He is also the author of the best-selling book, "Seizing the White Space: Business Model Innovation for Growth and Renewal" and coauthor of the McKinsey award-winning Harvard Business Review article, “Reinventing Your Business Model.” In addition, Mr. Johnson has published articles in the Sloan Management Review, BusinessWeek, Advertising Age, and National Defense. Prior to co-founding Innosight, he was a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he advised clients on managing innovation and implementing comprehensive change programs. Before that, he served as a nuclear power-trained surface warfare officer in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Johnson received an MBA from Harvard Business School, a master’s degree in civil engineering and engineering mechanics from Columbia.
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Carol Melton
CEO & Founder of Adeft Capital
Carol Melton, CEO and Founder of Adeft Capital. Adeft is a venture capital firm advising and investing in early-stage companies, as well as other U.S. and international business interests. Carol launched Adeft after more than 20 years in senior management at two global media and entertainment companies. She was a top 5 named executive officer at Time Warner Inc. when AT&T acquired the company in June 2018. She had previously served as the most senior level woman at the then-combined Viacom-CBS. She has deep C-suite experience with business & regulatory matters; expertise garnered from navigating through numerous government approval processes; and an extensive network of high-level cross-industry relationships. She serves on a number of public and non-profit boards and participates as a speaker and moderator at various domestic and international conferences related to media, technology and innovation.
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Mike Marcotte
Founder & CEO, Acumen Digital
Mike Marcotte is currently the founder and chief executive officer of Acumen Digital in Denver, Colorado. The company specializes in the technological innovation of leading-edge digital software technology with the specific intent of swiftly implementing Business to Customer applications. Since 1986, Marcotte has held various executive-level IT and operations positions including global chief information officer and chief digital officer of Echostar, general manager of hughes cloud services, and chief information officer of Slingbox. Mike Marcotte is an award-winning leader having received multiple accolades including Denver Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award and Engineering Excellence Awards from NASA and the United States Air Force. Mr. Marcotte is a recognized influencer in the Colorado technology community and thanks to his regular contributitions at Colorado Technology Association and Society for Information Management events.
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Mark Armstrong
Strategic Advisor
Mark is a software engineer and entrepreneur as well as a singer/songwriter and public speaker. Mark spent 25 years working in technology, writing software and delivering products and services for companies such as WebTV, Apple, Microsoft, Symantec and Electronic Arts. He and his wife, Wendy, have three children and reside in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mark is a corporate advisor to several hi-tech organizations and serves on numerous non-profit boards. He is a graduate of Stanford University with a degree in physics and is the younger son of Neil and Janet Armstrong.
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Cassie Lee
Co-Founder, Brooke Owens Fellowship
Cassie Kloberdanz Lee is a Strategic Advisor to Bye Aerospace, a world leader and innovator of electric and solar-electric aircraft, and a Co-Founder of the Brooke Owens Fellowship, a highly competitive internship and mentorship program designed to inspire and train exceptional undergraduate women seeking a career in aviation or space exploration. As a global activist for women in aerospace, Lee is a member of an international delegation brought together by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and UN Women to ensure that the benefits of space reach women and girls and that women and girls play an active and equal role in space science, technology, innovation, and exploration. Lee served as the Chief Operating Officer of Earthrise Alliance, a philanthropic organization that derives value from Earth system data to create actionable knowledge to combat climate change. In addition, Lee was the Head of Space Programs at Vulcan Inc. where she led the development of innovative space solutions in support of Paul G. Allen’s Impact initiatives such as improving ocean health, addressing climate change and using data to save species at risk of extinction. Prior to her work at Vulcan, Lee was the Business Development Manager for Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems where she also held a variety of engineering roles on the Dream Chaser® orbital vehicle program and co-founded the Advanced Development Program. Lee has led Media and Public Relations for SpaceX and designed and taught a graduate-level course in Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She began her career as a Propulsion Engineer for NASA at Kennedy Space Center and the Marshall Space Flight Center. Lee holds a BA in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Iowa and MA in Journalism from the University of Colorado Boulder.
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Chrysanthe Gussis
Strategic Advisor
Gussis is an investor and advisor to early stage clean technology companies, debt financing expert, and former executive at SolarCity, with over two decades of finance, legal, operational and business strategy experience, shaping new industries and products, and scaling high volume, high growth businesses. She has specific expertise with businesses whose products reduce carbon emissions, helping shape their revenue and debt financing models, plus extensive relationships in the banking and clean economy sectors. In addition, Gussis serves on several corporate, government, non-profit and advisory boards, including board chair of NODE, a company delivering carbon negative homes that slide & click together for a lower-skilled, kit assembly. She is also an advisor and investor for Bellwether Coffee, a manufacturer of zero-emission commercial coffee roasters.
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Shari Goodstein
Strategic Advisor
Shari Goodstein is a real estate developer, venture capitalist, author and highly supportive of Bye Aerospace's family of all-electric eFlyer airplanes. Shari holds a BBA from George Washington University and a Masters in Real Estate Development. Her passions include everything equine and she is developing a revolutionary Equine Community. Shari is a first time author and is pleased to be publishing her first book "Dynasty Daughter." Shari is also a Chartered Market Technician (reading Financial charts based on patterens that show greed and fear). Shari is President of the Eastern Hudson Valley Horse Council. As a founding stockholder of the Bye Aerospace subsidiary company that created the original concept for eFlyer, she saw the vision and possibilities eFlyer would create. Based on her familiarity with flight training and charter operations, she realized the critical benefits the new all-electric technology would offer from the program's inception in 2014.
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Nadege Fourny
Strategic Advisor
Mrs. Fourny is currently Business Development & Strategic Partnerships Manager at Loon, an Alphabet Company. Nadège holds an MBA in Aerospace Management from Toulouse Business School, and a Master’s in Architecture and in Natural Hazards Management. A true believer in green-tech and passionate about everything that flies, she successfully redirected to technology after starting her career as an engineer in complex building and civil engineering programs. Endowed with an entrepreneur heart, she is an early stage investor and serves on several humanitarian relief groups and advisory boards. Her expertise focuses on the aviation and aerospace sectors, where she helps in designing successful business strategies and leading product offerings.
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Robert Pack
Strategic Advisor
Robert is a retired school administrator with 35 years of experience working with young adults. He holds a B.S. from University of Michigan and a doctorate in education from the University of Arizona. In addition, he is a passionate environmentalist and investor in products that move the world toward zero-emissions. A private pilot since 1999 and electric car owner since 2011, he is also committed to helping in the transition of all forms of transportation to electrification. As the adult founder of a local Aviation Explorer Post for 14 to 21 year old students, Robert lead over 100 youth from Southern California to the annual week-long Oshkosh Airshow from 2017-19. An ambassador for all things electric, he is committed to educating youth about the benefits of evolving from an internal combustion engine to an electric-based world, including flight training with the eFlyer.
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Frank Culbertson
Strategic Advisor
Frank Culbertson, a graduate of the US Naval Academy and US Naval Test Pilot School, was selected for the astronaut training program in 1984. He initially supported various shuttle missions on the ground, including the Challenger accident investigation. Afterward, he served as the lead astronaut at the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory (SAIL), where he led CAPCOM for seven missions. His first space mission was STS-38 in 1990, when he flew aboard Atlantis. Next, he was Commander of Discovery on STS-51 in 1993. From 1994-98, he was Manager of the Shuttle-Mir Program in JSC’s Russian Projects Office, negotiating directly with the Russian Space Agency. Culbertson oversaw nine Shuttle docking missions to the Russian Space Station Mir, and the operations of seven US astronauts, who spent over 30 cumulative months on the Russian station. In 1997, he received a Rotary Stellar Award for leadership. He then served as Commander of the International Space Station (ISS) during his third and final mission in 2001, launching aboard Discovery on STS-105. Culbertson retired from NASA in 2002, then served as Senior Vice President for SAIC in Houston and later as Senior Vice President for Orbital Sciences, eventually becoming President of the Space Systems Group through two mergers. His numerous awards include the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, NASA Space Flight Medals, the Gagarin Gold Medal and the Navy Commendation Medal. Over his career, Culbertson has accumulated over 9,000 hours in 62 different types of aircraft and remains an active pilot.
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James Stowers
Strategic Advisor
James E. Stowers III is Owner and Founder of Oxford Companies, LLC, owner of Hangar Ten Aircraft, Oxford Development, a real estate development company developing The Glade, a mixed-use Research and Technology development on 325 acres in Kansas City, Missouri. Jim is a board member of Integrated Alpha Investment management. Prior to 2008, Jim served for 27years with American Century Investment Management, Inc., lastly as its Chairman in 2008. Jim is a board member of Stowers Resource Management Inc., the supporting organization to the Stowers Institute for Medical Research. He serves as a member of the Advisory Council for the Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Missouri Kansas City. Jim also serves as a member of the Advisory board of the Saint Luke’s Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute and is a member of the University of Kansas Health Advancement board. He served for 15 years on the board of the Kansas City Zoo, lastly as it’s Chairman, and remains an Advisory Board member. Jim is a private pilot holding type ratings in multiple Citation models. Jim and his wife Michele have two children, Layne and James. Jim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Arizona State University.
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Joe Massaquoi
Advisor
Joe Massaquoi is a seasoned global finance leader with over 25 years of experience as a CFO, corporate strategy executive, and investment banker with companies in capital-intensive and highly regulated industries. Joe’s career reflects a demonstrated record of leading key corporate initiatives, including optimizing financial organizations and processes to meet public company regulatory requirements, securing capital necessary to support accelerated growth, and leading M&A transactions from strategic inception through to successful integration. He has enabled over $37 billon in external capital infusion into private and public corporations, guided the establishment of 7 joint ventures, and executed over 40 domestic and cross-border M&A deals. Internationally, he has lived, worked, and completed project assignments in China, France, Germany, Japan, Nigeria, Singapore, South Africa, and the UK. As the first CFO of Boom Supersonic, he developed a team with oversight of financial performance and capital allocation, and nurtured key investor & stakeholder relationships. During his tenure, the company closed its largest-ever funding round (>2x oversubscribed, ~$1.1 billion pre-money valuation), completed inaugural independent audits, and instituted consolidated budgets tied to department-specific organizational KPIs/OKRs. Prior to Boom, Joe was CFO of Initium Aerospace, a joint venture seeded by Boeing and Safran to redesign auxiliary power units (APUs) for commercial aircraft. In the two years from startup, he accelerated financial performance ahead of plan, secured shareholder funding in support of $0.5 billion capital budget, ensured the successful implementation of a new ERP system, and championed the recruitment and advancement of key staff. Joe previously spent almost 8 years at Boeing, most recently as Director of Corporate Development. In this capacity, Joe led cross-functional teams through the establishment of a record number of commercial joint ventures for the company. His team also provided strategic and financial analyses, managed due diligence, and negotiated transactions in support of numerous other M&A, divestiture, and equity investment opportunities. Past wins advanced Boeing’s global services (Boeing Singapore JV), cabin integration (Adient Aerospace, EnCore Interiors & LIFT acquisitions), and disruptive mobility (Wisk Aero JV) strategies. The trifecta of Wisk Aero, EnCore and LIFT transactions were all signed in the same week and closed simultaneously within 30 days. Before Boeing, Joe broadened his global perspective over the course of more than a decade as an M&A banker and corporate strategist. At Credit Suisse from 2007 to 2011, Joe was promoted from Vice President to Executive Director and executed several noteworthy transactions, including Constellation’s $4.5 billion investment in a joint venture with Electricité de France. Joe also worked at Deutsche Bank, where he was promoted from Associate to Vice President, and advised on FairPoint’s $2.7 billion Reverse Morris Trust merger with Verizon’s wireline business. He previously consulted at Bain & Company and started his career as a financial analyst at Lehman Brothers. Joe earned a B.S. in Physics from Morehouse College, with Phi Beta Kappa honors and as the top-ranked graduate in his major. He received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Joe grew up in Sierra Leone, emigrated to the United States for college, and is a naturalized U.S. citizen. He currently resides in Denver with his wife and daughter and is active in the community. Joe serves on the board of Red Rocks Credit Union, a Colorado-based financial institution with 16,000 members and ~$360 million in assets. Outside of work, Joe also enjoys time spent outdoors, including distance running (7 marathons and counting) and amateur hiking (climbed Mt Kilimanjaro ~20,000 ft).
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