What We Do

Bye Aerospace is applying innovative zero CO2 electric and solar-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 other is the solar-electric, “SOLESA”, designed to provide a significant reduction in operations cost, enhancement in range and loiter time relative to current survey and patrol aircraft.

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Projects

Bye Aerospace has two projects. 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.

Senior Leadership Team

George E. Bye
CEO & Founder
George E. Bye is the Founder and CEO of Bye Aerospace (www.ByeAerospace.com), named the “Small Business of the Year” for 2018 by the Denver Business Journal and one of the “Top 50 Colorado Companies to Watch” in 2017. He is the innovator behind Bye Aerospace with two decades of experience as an aerospace entrepreneur, engineer, and executive, balancing engineering services with internal development and research of advanced concepts. He currently serves as Chairman of the six-person Board of Directors of Bye Aerospace. George has developed several aircraft designs. Among them are a 14-foot wing span solar-electric hybrid UAV, “Silent Falcon,” now in production in a former Bye Aerospace subsidiary where he remains as Vice Chairman. He also conceived our current eFlyer and Solesa designs. Bye Aerospace is developing the eFlyer 2 and eFlyer 4 family of electric aircraft and the StratoAirNet and Solesa family of solar-electric unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Previously, George led ATG, the company that launched and developed the Javelin, a transonic two-seat jet for military and civil utility and holds the design patent for the Javelin which first flew in September 2005. He has authored articles for industry journals, textbooks and publications, holds a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Washington, and is an ATP rated pilot with over 4,000 flying hours. George was a USAF instructor pilot in the supersonic T-38 for Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training, C-141B Aircraft Commander, and is a Desert Storm veteran. For more information, go to www.GeorgeBye.com.
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Paul McAuliffe
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. McAuliffe has been active in finance and capital markets for 35 years. He was a Principal at Morgan Stanley, Managing Director at CS First Boston and Managing Director at Smith Barney before becoming Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Apartment Investment and Management Company (AIV) in 1999. While in investment banking, Mr. McAuliffe worked on a wide variety and volume of corporate, property and securities transactions including the IPO of AIV in 1994. As AIV CFO, Mr. McAuliffe was responsible for much of the day-to-day operations of Apartment Investment with his greatest focus on financial activities. Finance and planning, capital markets, accounting and financial reporting as well as investor/lender relations were his areas of responsibility. Mr. McAuliffe earned his B.A. in History from Columbia University and his M.B.A. in Finance from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.
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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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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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John Knudsen
General Counsel & Senior Vice President
Mr. Knudsen was Co-founder, President for Government Operations and General Counsel of Adam Aircraft Industries. Before starting Adam Aircraft he was an aviation defense attorney with the law firm of Byrne Kiely & White. Prior to private practice, he spent five years as Trial Counsel with the Federal Aviation Administration in Washington, D.C. Mr. Knudsen has a bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado and a law degree from the University of Puget Sound School of Law. Prior to attending law school, he served as a pilot in the U.S. Navy, flying the A-6 Intruder, A-4 Skyhawk, T-2C Buckeye and T-34. His last Navy assignment was with the Naval Air Reserve as a patrol plane commander in the P-3 Orion.
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Diane Simard
Director & Senior Vice President
Diane M. Simard, recently named one of the inaugural “National Top 100 Business Women to Watch” by Bizwomen.com, is Sr. Vice President and on the Board of Directors of Bye Aerospace. Her focus areas are media, government and investor relations, corporate governance and strategy. A passionate advocate for entrepreneurship, Ms. Simard is an angel investor in six other emerging-technology companies, ranging from information technology to medical devices to cybersecurity. A survivor of advanced Stage III breast cancer, she is also the founder of the Center for Oncology Psychology Excellence (COPE) at the University of Denver, the first specialty in the country to train psychology students at the graduate level how to effectively counsel cancer patients, survivors and caregivers.Previously, she was Director of Community Relations and co-owner of IITC, an information technology services company. During her tenure, she helped the company achieve over 400% revenue growth before it was acquired for $36 million. Before joining IITC, Ms. Simard was Vice President of Marketing for a financial services company where she directed a proposal staff that secured almost $100 million in contracts to collect defaulted student loans. Past recognition of her business leadership includes being named the 2016 Outstanding Woman in Business-Technology by the Denver Business Journal, winner of the Bob Cardenas Award for her support of veterans and the military, the 2017 honoree for the Ray of Hope Cancer Foundation, Aurora Chamber woman of the Year and Girl Scouts Woman of Distinction. Ms. Simard graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska-Kearney. She recently authored a book, The Unlikely Gift of Breast Cancer, an authentic, informative and humorous memoir aimed to inspire business women, successful leaders and driven individuals who think they know who they are before a diagnosis of cancer leads them to discover their true selves.
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Brad Busse
Director
Brad Busse is the Vice Chairman of the board of Bye Aerospace and 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 be acquired by RBC in January 2007. He 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 is currently the Executive Chairman of Cool Planet, a technology driven startup which CNBC ranked as a “Top 25 Disruptor of 2014” along SpaceX and Uber. Mr. Janzen has served as CEO of One Communications, then the country's largest privately held multi-regional supplier of integrated telecommunications solutions to businesses, from March 2007 until its sale to Earthlink on April 1, 2011. From January 2004 to September 2005 he served as President of Sprint Business Solutions, the business unit serving Sprint's global business customer base with almost 10,000 employees and $12 billion in annual revenue. From May 2003 to January 2004, he was President of Sprint's Global Markets Group, responsible for Sprint's $8 billion long distance business for both consumer and business customers. From 1994 until October 2002, Mr. Janzen served as President and Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman from 2001, of Williams Communications Group, where he led the company in completing it's almost $7 billion next generation fiber optics network and completed the largest IPO in the telecom industry at that time with peak market capitalization of $30 billion. Beginning in 1979, Mr. Janzen served in a number of leadership roles in Williams' energy and natural gas pipeline businesses.Mr. Janzen currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of GTT, Sonus Networks, Vocera Communications and Bye Aerospace. He also serves as a board member for the Colorado School of Mines Foundation, HeritX, and the Denver Area Boy Scouts of America. He is a Commissioner and Chairman Emeritus for GIIC, the Global Information Infrastructure Commission.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. Mr. Janzen was named a Colorado School of Mines Distinguished Achievement Medalist and was inducted into the University of Tulsa, College of Engineering and Natural Sciences Hall of Fame.He is an active instrument rated pilot with almost 7,000 hours of flying time and serves as Chairman of the TBM Owners and Pilots Association board. He and his wife of 40 years have flown their airplane to 28 countries.
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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 served on the board of AEAC, the board of Redbird Flight Simulations, the board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and formerly served on the Management Advisory Council for the FAA. He was formerly the President and CEO of AOPA from January 2009 until September 2013. He was only the fourth person to hold this position since AOPA was founded in 1939. He brought to that position a career that includes senior public affairs positions in business, association leadership, and executive positions in the federal government, including eight years of service in the White House from 1981 to 1989. As AOPA president, Craig Fuller led the largest and most influential aviation organization in the world. AOPA membership has grown to more than 400,000, a number that represents more than two thirds of all certificated pilots in the United States. With a staff of more than 200 professionals and operations in two states and the District of Columbia, AOPA provides a wide variety of services to its members worldwide.No stranger to politics and Capitol Hill, Fuller moves through the halls of Congress and the administration in Washington as often as he visits airports and pilots around the country. He was the chairman of AOPA’s Political Action Committee, an important role to ensure that elected officials who defend general aviation receive support from the pilot community. Additionally, he testifies and engages in other forums at the national and state level to represent the interests of general aviation. In addition to the role of communicating to and on behalf of the membership, Fuller spends time reaching out to broader audiences who benefit from but do not fully understand the role general aviation plays in the lives of millions of Americans. Whether recruiting new pilots or just helping business leaders and others understand how general aviation works for them, Fuller is a vocal ambassador for the advantages of general aviation. While most of the role of AOPA President involves work inside the United States, Fuller was also elected and served as president of the International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations, representing 66 national AOPA organizations with more than 470,000 pilot members around the world. His responsibilities at AOPA include serving as the publisher of AOPA Pilot, the world’s largest and most influential aviation publication. For all of this, Craig Fuller draws on his Washington, D.C., experience as assistant to President Reagan for Cabinet Affairs (1981 -1985) and chief of staff to Vice President Bush (1985 - 1989). His business positions have included service as president or vice chairman of leading public affairs firms. His association experience includes service on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Executive Committee and leading a health care association as president and CEO for more than six years. Fuller is a frequent speaker on aviation, advocacy, and leadership topics throughout the United States.
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Tom Calgaard
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 of Business Operations
Ms. Herren is our Vice President of Business Operations and brings with her over 20 years of human resources and finance experience. Most recently 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, purchasing, finance, 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.
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Our Team

Matt McLaurin
Program Manager
Mr. Matt McLaurin is Program Manager at Bye Aerospace managing various electric and hybrid aircraft programs. He is a retired US Navy Captain with experience in program management, systems engineering, contracting and test and evaluation. Mr. McLaurin oversaw programs for F-18 and F-15 at Boeing St. Louis, F-35 at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Japan, national security space systems at Lockheed Martin Space Systems and MQ-4 Triton with Northrop Grumman. He is a graduate of the US Naval Test Pilot School and as a Naval Flight Officer has over 3,000 flight hours in 20 different type/model military aircraft including EP-3, P-3, C-12, and F/A-18. Mr. McLaurin holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy as well as a M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School. Additionally, he holds a M.S. in Engineering Systems Management from St. Mary’s University.
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Jim Forrester
Director of Design and Engineering
Mr. Forrester has an Aeronautical and Aerospace BS degree from Ohio State University and has 32 years of aerospace industry experience as a Design Engineer, Design Leader and as a Design/CAD process improvement Subject Matter Expert. His early aerospace experiences were with airframe manufacturing and assembly processes and resolving design challenges arising in those areas. At GE Aviation he designed and led teams in the design of highly technically challenging complex turbomachinery components and sub-systems. Developing these designs from Concept, through Detail, prototype manufacturing, assembly, test and certification, earning 20 patents along the way. Later, he led a global team that developed a top-down Design/CAD template turbofan that improved design productivity, NPI cycle time and product quality. At Siemens PLM he leveraged these experiences and led a consulting team that guided customers to improve their Design/CAD processes using top-down Design/CAD template methodologies. He also served as Siemens PLM Design SME, providing input on product capability and behavior enhancements, with a specialization in the aerospace industry. At Bye Aerospace, Mr. Forrester is leveraging his career trajectory experience to develop the Design Engineering team, critical processes and PLM enablement to facilitate the development of Bye’s prime product projects and engineering services.
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Darryl Robinson-Young
Engineering CAD Manager
Darryl Robinson-Young is the Engineering CAD Manager at Bye Aerospace. During his 35 years of experience in Mechanical Design, Darryl has worked on DOD Satellite Systems and several transportation industry projects such as; Traffic Control Systems, Tractors, Luxury Railroad Cars, Luxury Boeing Business Jets, and an advanced jet project with George Bye called “The Javelin”. Darryl’s work-life balance is very important to him. He thoroughly enjoys sports, mountain life, spends many weekends and vacations exploring the great outdoors river fishing and RV camping with his wife.
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Milan Patel
Aircraft Systems Electrical Engineer
Mr. Patel is our Aircraft Systems Electrical Engineer with 10 years of electrical engineering experience. He spent 5 years at Eaton Corporation, where he specialized in aerospace motion control systems. Mr. Patel has worked on the Airbus A380, Boeing 787, and several commercial, business and military aircrafts. He has been involved in new product development and introduction of low-medium power switching technologies for motor drivers and actuators. Mr. Patel holds a Bachelors of Engineering in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from London South Bank University. He recently emigrated to the United States from London. He thoroughly enjoys watching sports, especially the English Premier League.
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Mike Carluccio
Mechanical Systems Lead
Mike Carluccio is the Lead Mechanical and Systems Engineer at Bye Aerospace. He has extensive experience in aviation, alternative energy and the automotive field. The majority of Mike’s career was at Boeing where he focused on the 737 flight controls and flight deck commodities. During his time at Boeing he led a strategic, multi-disciplined team through assembly redesign and component replacement of an electro mechanical pilot interface governing flight controls and propulsions commodities. He conceptualized, designed and managed multiple design projects that were incorporated in the 737 production system. Part of Mike’s unique background is his ability to seamlessly work in start-ups and fortune 500 companies. As a design lead at Steelhead composites he performed design, component analysis and fabrication direction that culminated in building a 24ft Savonius Vertical Wind Turbine (VAWT) prototype. Outside of work you will find him in a Crossfit gym or on a soccer field. On a nice day he will be riding his motorcycle in the mountains of Evergreen. His creative outlets include playing piano, sketching and working on new ideas.
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David Henderson
Electrical Vehicle Systems Engineer
David Henderson has a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and 14 years of electric vehicle and battery design experience. As an expert in electric vehicle architecture, thermal design and high voltage DC battery systems he has ample experience with design of electric propulsion systems for both hybrid and pure electric vehicles. Mr. Henderson enjoys skiing, snowboarding, and exploring with his family in Colorado.
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Parijaat Malik
Senior Mechanical Systems Engineer
Parijaat Malik is a recent graduate with an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from University of Colorado, Boulder and also holds a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering. He has experience in Systems Engineering, Design and Drafting through projects he has been a part of at the graduate level. He is currently a part of the Design and Systems Engineering effort at Bye Aerospace.
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Burke Lowrey
Principal Electrical Engineer
As Electrical Engineer, Burke Lowrey brings 25 years’ experience in various technologies. Experience includes Oil and Gas Automation and SCADA Systems, laboratory Equipment, GPS Tracking, MEMS, Gyro and magnetic sensors and a variety of wireless technologies. Burke has his MS from Colorado School of Mines in Engineering and Technology Management. BS from University of Colorado, Boulder in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Prior to college enlisted in the NAVY Nuclear Power Program as a Machinist Mate and proudly served and awarded medals for Desert Shield, Freedom Kuwait and Desert Storm. Burke also holds a Patent for Oil and Gas application for 3D magnetometer use in plunger detection.
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Sean Kelly
Composite Structures CFD Engineer
Sean Kelly is a recent graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Central Florida. As an undergraduate, he served as lead designer for projects ranging from sustainable photovoltaic UAV’s to NASA sponsored hybrid-rocket competitions. He is currently a CAD Designer with a focus on mechanical systems design at Bye Aerospace. In his free time, he is a musician, builds and flies high-powered rockets, hikes, and camps in the Rocky Mountains.
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Samuel Pecharka
Mechanical Systems Engineer
As a Mechanical Systems Engineer, Sam Pecharka brings 6 years of experience in mechanical systems design and production. Sam holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University. His previous experience includes fluid and thermal management systems design, lean manufacturing, and production in the marine engineering industry aboard nuclear submarines. Sam specializes in the design of environmental control systems and is currently a part of the Design and Systems Engineering effort at Bye Aerospace.
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Michael Gray
Mechanical Designer
Michael has been in the engineering field for the past 7 years since obtaining his BS in Mechanical Engineering from MSOE. He has worked on many aerospace design projects for Boeing (commercial and military jets), NASA (Space Launch Systems), Lockheed (F-22 Raptor) and Bell Helicopter (525 Relentless program). He has just recently completed his Private Pilot’s License (VFR) flying a Cessna 172. Being originally from Seattle, WA, he really enjoys the mountains. In his spare time he enjoys flying over the Rocky Mountains, exploring new outdoor adventures, traveling, fishing, camping, and spending time with family and friends.
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Jon McClellan
Flight Line Manager
As the Flight Line Manager, Jon McClellan brings 25 years of diverse aircraft maintenance and operations experience ranging from military, commercial, Part 145, UAV, to over a decade spent on various experimental aircraft. Jon is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force serving as a Dedicated Crew Chief on the West Coast A-10 Demo Team. He has held Quality Assurance and leadership roles while working for commercial airlines, Army, and Air Force units in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Experimental projects include the ATG Javelin, Adam Aircraft A700, Bye Energy Electric Cessna, Silent Falcon UAS and the assortment of current Bye Aerospace platforms. Jon studied aviation science at Eastern New Mexico University, and possesses an FAA Airframe and Powerplant license with an Inspection Authorization endorsement.
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Shane Howard
A&P Technician
Shane Howard started his aviation career in 2010 as a crew chief in the Air Force on the C-130J Super Hercules and received the titles of Dedicated Crew Chief and Flying Crew Chief. Shane spent 5 years on active duty and then joined the Texas Air National Guard as a C-130H repair and reclamation crew chief while he pursued his civilian Airframe and Powerplant ratings. He did various general aviation jobs while going to school and after receiving his A&P license he went to work for Siemens eAircraft as their lead A&P. Shane has extensive knowledge in electric aircraft propulsion systems and experimental aircraft. His hobbies include mountain biking, anything outdoors, and spending time with his family.
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Daniel Hinson
Lead Composite Structures Engineer
Managing the Composite Structures group at Bye Aerospace, Daniel Hinson has been in aviation for 15 years specializing in Structural Design, Manufacturing and Repair of primary and secondary advanced composites structures. His experience stretches across multiple airframes from aerobatic aircraft, business jets, refueling tankers and Boeing’s 737/747/757/767/777 airframes. Daniel has successfully led start up programs through LRIP and into high rate manufacturing of composite jet engine components for military, commercial and business jets utilizing his extensive knowledge of Resin Transfer Molding and Closed Volume Molding for the F35-B and LEAP engines.
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Scott Wilson
Lead Avionics & Low Voltage Systems Engineer
Scott Wilson is our lead of the Avionics and Low Voltage Electrical Systems team. Following graduation from the University of California-San Diego Scott held leadership positions designing avionics and electro-mechanical products for JP Instruments, Rockwell Collins and most recently designed a certified Heads-Up Display system for general aviation. Prior to joining Bye Aerospace Scott held an identical position with Mooney Aircraft in the development of the all-composite Mooney M10. A private pilot, and self admitted airplane geek, you're likely to find him scouring the grounds at Oshkosh, seeking out ways to incorporate aviation's latest and greatest into our family of aircraft.
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Eric Fredrick
Mechanical Systems Engineer
Eric Fredrick holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Central Florida. Before coming to Bye, he designed full flight simulators at Tru Simulation and Training in Tampa, FL. His mechanical design experience includes flight controls, instrument panel layouts, electronics packaging, structural weldments, and HVAC design. Before his time at Tru, he worked at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control as a quality engineering co-op student. In his spare time, Eric enjoys photography, hiking, cycling, growing carnivorous plants, and travelling the world.
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Derek Veuleman
Composite Structures Engineer
Mr. Veuleman is a Composite Structures Engineer at Bye Aerospace. Derek worked at Albany Engineered Composites previously, manufacturing stationary vane and anti-stall tip treatment assemblies for the Rolls-Royce LiftFan on the Lockheed Martin F-35B. In his early career, Derek served as a Rotating Equipment Engineer in the oil and gas industry, repairing and modifying many types of high speed turbomachinery. In addition to his engineering experience, he has also obtained his professional engineering license in Mechanical Engineering. In his free time, Derek is an avid musician and loves to spend time with his wife and three sons.
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Jake Barker
Composite Structures Engineer
Mr. Barker holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University and brings 10 years of experience in design, analysis and manufacture of composite structures to the Bye Aerospace team. He has a diverse engineering background in Materials and Process Engineering, Mechanical Design, Structural Analysis, Manufacturing, and Product Development. At Composite Technology Development, he led product development teams creating innovative technologies for the defense and energy industries under DOD and DOE grants. At Verge Industries, he worked as a contract engineer in the production office at Anadarko Petroleum, developed composite sporting good products and setup composite manufacturing facilities. As a manufacturing engineer with Lockheed Martin Space Systems, he directed several complex composite structure assemblies for commercial and military satellites and civil space exploration missions. Outside of work, he enjoys outdoor activities and finds his flow mountain biking and skiing.
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Matt Simons
Avionics Systems Engineer
Matt Simons is an Avionics Systems Engineer at Bye Aerospace. Matt holds a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Central Florida and brings over 10 years of experience in flight simulation, maintenance training, avionics, electrical system design, software development, and embedded systems. He has been highly involved with designing training devices for Boeing 767, Cessna Citation XLS+, Cirrus SR22, Bell 412, Sikorsky CH-53K, Sikorsky UH-60, and Abrams M1-A1. Matt also has experience with research and development projects including cockpit eye tracking for pilot training and simulated aircraft audio systems.
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Jerry Khat
Electrical Engineer
Jerry has a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Denver. He has worked in the aerospace industry since 2011 designing, integrating, and testing various systems on Part 23 and military aircrafts. He is an expert in aircraft harness design and electrical power systems. I am currently working on the high voltage power system of the eflyer 2.
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Benjamin Olivas
Electrical Design Engineer
Benjamin has a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Denver. After college he worked on developing ignition system components for natural gas engines in Indiana for six years. For the past two years he has been working in the aerospace industry designing and integrating various systems on military aircrafts. He is knowledgeable in power systems, aircraft harness design, and skilled in hands-on troubleshooting. I am currently working on the low voltage power system of the eflyer 2.
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Tina Affield
Supply Chain Manager
Tina Affield is the Supply Chain Manager for Bye Aerospace. A skilled supply chain professional with nearly 3 decades of experience in the manufacturing industry, Tina’s specialties include inventory management, negotiation, contract review, supplier performance, lean manufacturing and ISO. In this role, Tina is responsible for high-quality, efficient and repeatable delivery of goods and services
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William Whelan
CAD Engineer
Will Whelan is a structural simulations specialist with experience in analyzing composite structures and non-linear metallics. His experience comes from working on the Transition, a composite light sport roadable aircraft. Will has a passion for the latest technologies and materials, working to make products simpler but more robust. In his free time, he enjoys outdoor sports including climbing and skiing. Having recently moved from Boston, he is excited to learn about the area, and spend time exploring the Rocky Mountains.
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Christopher Schulte
Director of Quality
Chris Schulte has over 16 years of aerospace and aviation experience including roles in maintenance, manufacturing, and quality assurance. Chris started his aerospace career in the Air Force as an F-15 and F-16 crew chief and was stationed all over the world. Next, Chris worked as a quality engineer for an aerospace component manufacturer, Dukes Aerospace. In his most recent role, Chris was an Aviation Safety Inspector for the Federal Aviation Administration and was responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance for aerospace manufacturers and also performed airworthiness inspections on standard and experimental aircraft, including unmanned aircraft systems. Chris graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in Manufacturing Management. Chris enjoys anything outdoors and spending time with his wife, son, and daughter.
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Jeff Moulton
Mechanical Systems Engineer
Jeff brings 4 years of mechanical systems experience to Bye Engineering. Since graduating from Saint Louis University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering, Jeff has worked at Boeing working various military and commercial platforms. His experience includes designing fluid management systems and flight control systems for retrofit projects and new builds. When not working, Jeff enjoys golfing, hiking, and working on various software projects at home.
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Brian Woodlock
Composite Structures Engineer
Brian Woodlock has seven years of airframe design experience, primarily with rotary-wing aircraft at Bell Helicopter. His work with composite structures includes designing the flaperon control surfaces and contributing to the wing design for the V-280 Valor tiltrotor. He also contributed to the 505 Jet Ranger X program, designing the production configuration of cabin structures and supporting flight test as the aircraft neared certification. Brian has a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a Masters in Engineering Management from Duke University.
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Charles Hill
Financial Analyst
Chuck Hill recently graduated with a M.S. degree in Global Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management and has his B.S. degree in Corporate Finance from Minnesota State University Mankato. He has over 8 years of experience in the defense and health industry specializing in finance, business development, and logistics. He also has his private pilots license from Spartan College of Aeronautics and technology and is an avid aviation enthusiast.
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Todd Simon
Controller
Mr. Simon has been an accounting and finance professional for 30 years, with a strong interest in costing. He has extensive manufacturing finance experience, having been an analyst at Ford Motor Company and Controller for both W.L. Gore & Associates and Teledyne Technologies. Additionally, Mr. Simon was a management consultant for PwC and Alta Via Consulting, working on SAP implementations, managerial costing and financial process improvement. He was recently published in the May, 2019 edition of Strategic Finance, discussing Finance’s role in the Digital Manufacturing Enterprise. Mr. Simon has a B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University, and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.
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Steve Almer
Electrical Engineer
Steve is a recent graduate from the University of North Dakota, where he studied electrical engineering with a focus in aerospace. As a Colorado native, he's thrilled to be back in his home state, working on the designs for the avionics and electrical systems on the eFlyer. He is also a commercially rated pilot and is studying to be a flight instructor so that he can teach others to fly the aircraft he is helping to create. When not in the office he can usually be found flying around Centennial Airport, skating at the hockey rink, or skiing in the Rockies.
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Eric Anderson
Systems Engineer
Eric has a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University. He has worked in the aerospace industry since 2016 working on various systems for both the commercial and defense sectors. He is currently part of the Design and Systems Engineering effort at Bye Aerospace. Outside of work Eric enjoys various outdoor activities, watching college football, and spending time with his family, friends, and two dogs.
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MaryAnn Crawford
Executive Assistant to CEO
MaryAnn Crawford is the Executive Assistant to the CEO at Bye Aerospace. She brings over nine years of administrative experience to support Mr. George Bye and uses her strong organizational, project coordination, computer, and research skills to increase efficiency. She is responsible for arranging travel, logistics for speeches, and managing the schedule for Mr. Bye. Having a passion for community involvement, she serves on the Young Professionals Board for the Aurora Chamber of Commerce and is an advocate for Clothes to Kids of Denver by serving on the Community Action Council and on a fundraiser committee. Always an enthusiast of learning, she is applying that passion to gaining knowledge of the aerospace industry.
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Alexis Lincoln
Office Coordinator & Social Media Manager
Alexis Lincoln is the Office Coordinator and has several years of customer service experience. Her background includes sales and marketing. Her voice is the one you will hear when you call our office. Some responsibilities she has are managing the website and all the social media accounts including Facebook, Linked In, and our new Instagram. Alexis is the ‘go-to person’ if there are any general office needs or questions.
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Strategic Advisory Council

Amir Blachman
Chief Business Officer, Axiom Space
At Axiom Space, Mr. Blachman is responsible for funding, investor relations, marketing, and Private Astronaut business development. Prior to Axiom, he served as Managing Director of a syndicate of 100+ space investors in 11 countries, where he placed funds into companies building lunar landers, communication networks, Earth imaging satellites, antennae and stratospheric exploration technologies. He served as EVP of Phase Four, helping guide the product development roadmap for satellite plasma propulsion engines. He is on the advisory board of Moonshot, a global space startup accelerator and of Bye Aerospace, the leader in electric aircraft. He holds a BA in Psychology from UC Santa Barbara, is a graduate of Franklin Templeton Investments’ Management Training Program, an MBA from the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management and a Certificate in Corporate Governance from the UCLA Anderson Executive Management Program. Mr. Blachman served as an Air Force navigation instructor and is an instrument-rated private pilot.
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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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Gretchen Jahn
Former CEO, Mooney Aircraft Company and COO, Remos Aircraft
Ms. Jahn has over 30 years of experience in manufacturing, IT and aviation leadership. Ms. Jahn received a BA from Lawrence University and an MA from University of Colorado. She also holds a commercial pilot license with instrument and seaplane ratings.
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Robert Slezak
Private Investor
Mr. Slezak is a private investor who served as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer of TD Ameritrade, Inc. from January 1989 to November 1999 and as a Director from October 1996 to September 2002. Bob serves as a board member and investor with the Nebraska Angels, Inc., a non-profit corporation organized to assist early-stage and emerging growth companies with ties to the state of Nebraska. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors of United Western Bancorp, Inc., Bridges Investment Fund, Inc. and Xanadoo Company, a provider of wireless communication services. Bob has over twenty years of experience as a financial officer of a publicly traded company and as a board member of publicly traded companies.
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Mark Van Tine
Aerospace Veteran & Expert
Mr. Van Tine began his career with Lockheed DataPlan, a leading flight planning and weather services company located in Los Gatos, California, which, in 1989, was acquired by Jeppesen. He served as the managing director of DataPlan from 1991 until 1995, before relocating to Denver to oversee Jeppesen's worldwide flight information development, printing and distribution operations, and IT organizations. He has since spent his career working in a variety of different organizations within Jeppesen, including flight operations, customer service, navigation, and information technology. Mr. Van Tine was the company's Chief Information Officer from 1998 to 2002. He was appointed to his present position in January of 2003. As Jeppesen is a subsidiary of the Boeing Company, he also currently is Vice President, Commercial Aviation Services for Boeing. Mr. Van Tine holds a Private Pilot certificate and is an active general aviation pilot.
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Hugh "Bugs" Forsythe
Major General USAF
Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. H.H. "Bugs" Forsythe serves as a Senior Fellow at Joint Forces Staff College. He retired from the Air Force in May 2006, where his last military assignment was a command position with Central Air Force Command. Gen. Forsythe graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy and has served on active duty, in the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve. His military duties included instructor pilot, flight commander, weapons officer, operations officer, squadron commander and operations group commander. Over his military career he had over 4,500 hours in various military aircraft. In his civilian occupation, he flew for United Airlines for over 29 years. He has flown as a corporate pilot, charter pilot and Learjet test pilot, and has more than 16,000 civilian flight hours.
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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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