June 20, 2023, Denver – Bye Aerospace is pleased to announce the appointment of Rod Zastrow as President and Chief Operating Officer (COO). Zastrow joins the leadership team to spearhead the final stages of FAA certification and commence production of the highly anticipated eFlyer 2, the world’s first FAA Part 23 certified electric airplane.
With an impressive background as the former Chair and CEO of Spartan Global Aviation Training, Zastrow brings extensive expertise in pilot training, aircraft maintenance, logistics, and global business development. Zastrow played a pivotal role in securing a prominent position in a comprehensive $1 billion pilot and maintenance training Middle East Foreign Military Sale for Spartan. Zastrow’s accomplishments also include a distinguished career as a senior USAF leader, F-15 combat pilot and Fighter Weapons School “Top Gun” graduate.
Bye Aerospace recently achieved a significant milestone by completing the full ‘Means of Compliance’ for its eFlyer 2 certification. This accomplishment, comprising 16 specific plans encompassing a wide range of systems and procedures, marks the first ever FAA approval under Amendment 64 for a Level 1 all-electric aircraft in the general aviation industry worldwide. Zastrow will lead Bye Aerospace’s team of experts as they embark on the assembly of the initial conforming eFlyer aircraft.
George Bye, Chairman and CEO of Bye Aerospace, expressed his enthusiasm for Zastrow’s addition to the team, stating, “Rod Zastrow brings invaluable aviation leadership experience to our organization. His guidance will be instrumental in leading the Company through the completion of the FAA certification process and transitioning to eFlyer 2 production. Of particular significance is his extensive background in global logistics, supply chain management, and support for large fleets of pilot training aircraft.”
Rod Zastrow commented on his appointment, saying, “I am honored and thrilled to join the Bye Aerospace team during this pivotal moment on the path to achieving a historic FAA all-electric certification. We have a clear roadmap to eFlyer 2 certification, and I have complete confidence in our exceptional team’s ability to execute on that game plan. Our focus is laser sharp as we work towards delivering this clean and quiet technology to our pilot training customers and their students, as well as other customers who stand to benefit from the disruptive advantages of significantly lower operating costs.”
About Bye Aerospace
Bye Aerospace, located in Denver, CO, is at the forefront of developing and FAA certifying a family of zero-emission, electric aircraft that offer one-fifth of the operating costs and enhanced safety compared to traditional airplanes. As a pioneer in electric aviation, Bye Aerospace has established itself as a leading force in the industry, with a production backlog of $1 billion if fully realized.
Learn more about Bye Aerospace at its website; https://byeaerospace.com/
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