Experienced Aviation Innovators


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Gregory Bruell


Entrepreneur, engineer, and VTOL visionary

Co-founder Elytron Aircraft

Built 2S manned tilt-wing prototype

Investor in Martin Jetpack, successful exit

Consulting engineer in networking and real time systems

Product Manager, Agranat Systems

CTO of SilverBack Technologies

Chief Architect, Bay Networks

Computer Science major, Carnegie Mellon University

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Peter H. Schmidt


Entrepreneur and startup airline executive

President & COO of Linear Air, Eclipse 500 operator and Part 135 online charter marketplace

COO of Jet Advisors, a business aviation consultancy

SVP of National Aviation Academy

CTO North America for Ipanema Technologies

CEO of Echo Engineering, an embedded systems consulting engineering firm

Aerobatic pilot

Computer Science SB and Management MSM, MIT

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Robert Schulman


Safety-critical aerospace SW engineer and entrepreneur

Grew Seaweed Systems into the premier source of graphics solutions for mission- and safety-critical military and avionics systems

Software now on: F-35, F-22, A-10, F-16, B-1, B-2, MH-60, AH-6, et al.

Technical Principal, AMD, safety-critical automotive systems

B.S. Computer Science, Univerity of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign

M.S. Computer Science, Berkeley

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Veteran aerospace executive, private pilot

Senior Director Business Development, Kaman Aerospace

Over three decades of aerospace business development experience

Customers included Sikorsky, Bell, Embraer, Boeing, Airbus, Robinson Helicopter and every other fixed- and rotorwing manufacturer, world-wide

Led "One Kaman" design and manufacturing solution

Board Member, General Aviation Manufacturers Association

NAUI certified scuba diving instructor

BA, Political Science, University of Steubenville, Ohio

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Richard L. Gersh


Aerospace startup company exec, insurance industry veteran

Led risk management and regulatory engagement for Terrafugia

Achieved DOT and EPA approvals for road use of Transition flying car

Invented integrated automotive + aircraft insurance coverage

President, Newbury Insurance Company

VP and General Manager, Housing Partnership Insurance

Educator/interpreter for Massachusetts history museums

Boston University B.A.

MBA, University of Massachusetts Lowell

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Aerospace engineering leader, rotorcraft expert

Chief of Technology for Kaman Aerosystems, responsible for technology and automation growth

Four decades of aerospace engineering experience

Responsible for the continued airworthiness of Kaman's helicopter products leading to new production of Kaman's K-MAX medium lift helicopter in 2016

Teamed with Lockheed-Martin to create the unmanned K-MAX for the U.S. Marine Corps

Represented engineering during the planning to produce and market a next generation K-MAX UAS to military and civil customers

Bachelors in Civil Engineering from Syracuse University

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Aerospace executive and entrepreneur

VP & General Manager of a $150M unit of GKN Aerospace, making titanium and aluminum aircraft structures

20+ years at Pratt & Whitney as Program Manager for large commercial engines

VP Operations for International Aero Engines

Launched fuel cell product for UTC Power

C-level roles in chemicals and pharmaceuticals

Private pilot

BS, Mechanical and Materials Engineering, University of Connecticut

MBA, Boston University Graduate School of Management

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Entrepreneurial Consulting CFO

President/Owner of Lifting Mind, Inc. - Fractional CFO with diverse and global experience

30 years of financial experience with early stage and mid stage startups

Engaged in numerous business transformations and multiple successful exits

Extensive work with debt and equity raises, due diligence, M&As and investor relations

Crackerjack at developing robust multi year forecasting and budgeting models

Licensed CPA, Feeley & Driscoll, P.C.

BBA Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN

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David Pasco


Commercial, charter pilot, A&P mechanic, 40 years of aviation experience

Digital Equipment Corporation, corporate pilot

National Aviation Academy, admissions counselor

Diamond Air - flew both freight and passengers

Comerford Flight School, instructor pilot

East Coast Aero Tech, airframe and engine repair

Commercial, multi-engine, and instructor rated

B.S. in Human Factors, Lesley University

Unparalleled Aircraft Development Expertise

Aircraft Program Advisors and Consultants

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Greg Steiner

Aerospace Manufacturing

Helicopter and structures manufacturing exec

Kaman Aerospace - President, oversaw K-MAX helicopter restart

GE Aviation Systems - VP Systems, Exec Program Manager for 787

GE Aviation Military Mission Systems - VP and General Manager

Rockwell Collins - VP and General Manager, Passenger Systems

Rockwell Collins - VP Global Strategy

Rockwell Collins - Director of Airline Programs

Rhode Island Air National Guard - Combat/Tactical pilot on C-130

USAF - Captain, Fighter/Attack/Reconnaissance Rating

Commercial and Multi-Engine FAA ratings

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Mark Ozenick


Aerospace and aviation industry veteran - 40 years of experience

Founder of HeliFlite Shares, LLC -First successful rotorcraft fractional provider

Former President, Dassault Falcon Jet Factory Service Center Network, North and South America

Former Executive Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Customer Support American Eurocopter (Airbus Helicopter)

Co-Founder, HeliFlite Aviation Services of Argentina, S.A.

Advisory Board Member, Trinity Capital LLC

Trusted Aviation/Aerospace Advisor to JetSuite, Inc., American Airlines, Delta Airlines, & other privately and publicly held Part 135/145 operating entities

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Dr. Willem Anemaat

Aircraft Design Lead

Over 400 aircraft designs, conventional and VTOL, in 26 years

PiperJet - Wind tunnel program manager

US Air Force C-130 NP-2000 - Upgrade Performance Manual lead

US Air Force C-130 - Re-engine Performance Manual lead

Oliver VTOL - Preliminary Design Lead

Major OEM - Quadcopter propeller design lead

VisionAire VA-10 - Wind tunnel test and redesign program lead

NASA Lockheed P-3 radar system - Design program lead

Basler BT-67 (DC-3) Radar - System program lead

STERNA Aircraft - Rotor design program lead

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Rick Simmons


Tilt-rotor and NASA test pilot, FAA Rotorcraft Directorate DER

AW 609 civil tilt-rotor - FAA Project Flight Test Pilot, AW's DER

XV-15 experimental tilt-rotor - NASA/Army Project Pilot

AH-1S FLITE COBRA - Army Project Pilot

UH-60 Blackhawk Airloads Research Aircraft - Army Project Pilot

CH-47 Variable Stability Research Aircraft - Research Pilot

UH-60 RASCAL Fly-by-Wire Research Aircraft - Research Pilot

BE200 Super King Air - NASA Project Pilot for FAA/NASA CAT III GPS

NASA Vertical Motion Simulator - Project pilot

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Grady Wilson

VTOL Flight Ops

Tilt-Rotor Test Pilot & National Test Pilot School Instructor

Over 9,800 flight hours in 85 different aircraft

Airbus Helicopters EC-145 - Production Acceptance

National Test Pilot School - Instructor

HondaJet - Chief Test Pilot

Boeing Helicopter MV-22 Osprey - Experimental Test Pilot

McDonnell Helicopters - Chief of Stability and Control

NASA Ames XV-15 - Chief pilot

US Army OV-1, UH-1, CH-47 - Director Flight Test

1967-68 Flight Instructor in T-41B for the US Army

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Aviation consultant and aviation real estate developer - 30 years of experience

President of Aviation Advisory Service, Inc. since 1992

Respected advisor to broad range of aircraft manufacturers, start-up and established airlines, and financial institutions

Particular expertise in the regional airline industry and the arrangement of secured financing

Writer and lecturer on airline finance; regularly quoted in trade and general interest publications

Devised proprietary international airline equity valuation model

Developed and managed two successful airplane hangar projects

Member of New York Bar

Harvard University, A.B. (East Asian Studies)

Columbia University, J.D./M.B.A.

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Helicopter drive system expert & industry leader

Manager, Mechanical Technology, Kaman Aerospace

49 years in the helicopter industry with Boeing Helicopter & Kaman

Member of the Vertical Flight Society

Past member for Kaman in the American Gear Manufacturers

Association, associate member of the AGMA Committees for Aerospace Gearing & Aerospace Lubrication

Performed drive system D&A for CH-47C/D, CH-46, YUH-61, HLH, SH-2F/G and K-MAX helicopters

Conducted accident investigations and failure analyses coordinated with government agencies in the US and Europe

Lead and chairman of the Vertical Lift Consortium of military helicopter companies, universities, NASA, Army & Navy, to advance TRL 1-3 projects

BS in Mechanical Engineering, Widener University

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Chief engineer & new market innovator

Chief Engineer, Bose Corporation

Founder & GM, Bose International, K.K, Japan

Led commercialization of electromagnetic active suspension technology for cars and trucks

Drove efforts in Electronics & Electro-Acoustics R&D, OEM Automotive, Marketing, Product Development, International Operations

International patents in Acoustics, Transducers, Vibration Control, Systems

BS, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Georgia Tech

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Dave Wallace


Principal Consulting Engineer, pilot, and aircraft homebuilder

30 years of flight experience, instrument and seaplane rated

Renovated a 1965 Cherokee 140

Building a 4-place Bearhawk bush plane

Principal Software Engineer, CTO Office, Cisco Systems

30 years engineering real time and networked systems down to the nanosecond regime

Northrop - Developed firmware for an Astro-Inertial Navigation System

B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Northeastern University

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Aerodynamicist, entrepreneur, air show pilot

Founder and President, Millennium Rubber Company

President, Microform Models, Inc.

Provided custom formulated silicone products to customers in 19 countries

Manufactured scale model architectural castings, over 1,100 items in 21 scales, for the movies and the military - U.S. Navy commendation

Airshow pilot and aircraft builder, including composite Glasair show plane

Aerodynamicist and operator for the world-record, supersonic pumpkin air cannon

Author of three books on wind-tunnel developed paper airplane designs, with over 160,00 copies sold

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Assistant Professor & Director of Vehicle Systems, Dynamics, and Design Laboratory (VSDDL), Auburn University

Developer of NASA-funded MADCASP simulation framework

Leading reconfigurable flight simulator development for next-gen aircraft

Created energy-based sizing and mission analysis framework for fixed-wing, rotary-wing, and buoyant lift aircraft

Georgia Institute of Technology - Research Engineer II

Ph.D. and MSAE in Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Private pilot

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Patrick Wheeler

Aerospace Manufacturing

Aerostructures CEO, helicopter components manufacturer executive, entrepreneur

Kaman Aerospace - VP Strategic Initiatives, led M&A; worldwide

Launched and ran Kaman's India-based composites joint venture

Vermont Composites - President and CEO

Grew profitably & delivered 40x increase in shareholder value at exit

Achieved Preferred Supplier Award status with Boeing

Earned Star Supplier status with Lockheed and Raytheon

Achieved ISO9001, AS9100 and NADCAP certifications

Co-founder and President - Questech Composite

Aeneas Venture Fund at Harvard - VP Finance

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Rotorcraft Structures Design Expert - 38 years experience

Chief of Structures for Kaman Aerospace Air Vehicles

Responsible for all phases of development from conceptual design through certification

Managed engineering design and analysis teams for Kaman's K-MAX and SH-2 programs

Directly responsible for structural modifications of the unmanned K-MAX for the U.S. Marine Corps

Developed aircraft modifications for multiple avionic upgrade programs leading to military and FAA certification

B.S. in Civil Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Oregon State University

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Erik J. Heels



Startup addict: about 6 startups as an employee; about 6 startups as a founder/cofounder; hundreds of startup clients advised by Clocktower

Since 2001, 36 of Clocktower's clients have been acquired with exits valued at over $6 billion

Could land an aircraft in a pinch

BSEE Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

JD University of Maine School of Law (Maine Law)

Unparalleled Airline Expertise

Airline Experts

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Vanessa Blakeley

Advisor, Operations & Sustainability

Aerospace startup manager, pilot, non-profit founder

Led external comms for flying-car company Terrafugia

Piloted Transition flight test article aircraft

Co-founded Pure Hearts Boston, a pediatric cardiology research foundation

Led strategic placement for National Aviation Academy

International student advisor & flight dispatcher for Executive Flyers Aviation

Chapter head, The Ninety-Nines women pilots organization

MIT Undergrad Practice Opportunities Program aerospace industry advisor

Boston College B.A.

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Lauren Zack


Customer-obsessed product design leader

Vice President Product Design, Doma, a pre-SPAC startup disrupting the real estate industry by combining patented machine learning technology with deep human expertise

Vice President User Experience Design, LogMeIn, re-imagining the hybrid workforce

Global Head of Design, SONY PlayStation, inventing the future of play by designing the PS5 platform experience

SVP User Experience, GfK, real-time intelligence platform for the global consumer products industry

MS Human-Machine Systems Research, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Georgia Tech

BS Physics and Cognitive Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University

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Hollie Schmidt


Patient advocacy executive; 20 years of health research and equity experience

VP of Scientific Operations, Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis

Leader of the MS Minority Research Engagement Partnership Network

BOD member, International FOP Association

Member of Beth Israel Deaconess Institutional Review Board and Ad Hoc Institutional COI Committee

Member of the MIT-Lemelson Student Prize "Cure It" Screening Panel

Co-founder, Midnight Networks (acquired by Teradyne) and NorthStar Internetworking

MIT BS and MS in Materials Science & Engineering, MS in Management; Master's thesis on design for environment

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Dave Bushy


SVP Flight Ops for Delta, VP Flight Ops Jet Blue, COO Cape Air

37 year airline veteran, from line pilot to C-suite

10,000+ hour Airline Transport Pilot

Chief Pilot, BOS and JFK + International for Delta

Type rated in DC-9, Boeing 727, 757, and 767, plus Airbus A320

Created Jet Blue Gateway University recruiting program

Helped create Massachusetts college aviation maintenance program

Board Member of the Aviation Accreditation Board International

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Andrew Schmertz


Startup airline CEO and marketing visionary

Co-founder and CEO, Hopscotch Air

Board of directors member and marketing advisor, Linear Air

Member of the Charter Committee, National Air Transportation Association

FAA liaison for Part 135 operations

Established marketing partnerships with NY Islanders & Swiss Air

Blogger for Huffington Post

TV journalist, presenter, and executive producer

Private Pilot, with land, sea, and instrument ratings

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Air Traffic Controller, Airspace Integration Expert, Advanced Air Mobility Consultant

31 years air traffic management in the New York City metro - NYARTCC (ZNY), Newark Airport (EWR), Naval Air Station Bermuda (TXKF), Naval Air Engineering Center Lakehurst (NEL)

15 years of aviation policy and legislation work on Capitol Hill

NexGen Air Traffic Systems development and deployment - DataComm CPDLC, Terminal Flight Data Manager, SLS-5000 GBAS

Co-Founder, Chairman and Executive Director - Urban Low Altitude Transport Association (ULTRA)

Board member and Chairman of the Transportation Committee - New Jersey Society for Environmental and Economic Development (NJ SEED) and Member - New Jersey Public Use Airports Task Force

Board Member - Alliance for Quiet Electric Aviation (AQEA)

Founder and President- Low Altitude Operational Solutions and Airde Elevated Thinking

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Aerospace Executive, OEM Airline Service & Support Leader

Head of Worldwide Customer Support & Aftermarket Sales for Commercial Aviation, Embraer

Director of Boeing Distribution for Military Service Operations, GE Aviation

Co-founder, Boeing Global Services

Strategic Marketing Director for Avionics, Airframe Performance & Systems (AP&S) & Interiors, Boeing

Member, International Aviation Women's Association (IAWA)

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Tufts University

The seasoned Image Factory team


Founded in 1999 Image Factory is a comprehensive online visibility facilitation studio offering innovative solutions covering web design, branding, social media marketing, and advertising.

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Laszlo Revesz

creative director

With well over three decades in the visual communications field, Image Factory founder and creative director Laszlo Revesz is a recognized marketing expert, copywriter, and graphic designer.

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Alina Alexandru

Art Director

One of Image Factory's principals, Art Director Alina Alexandru is a passionate and versatile creative with over two decades of forward thinking on the battlefield of graphic design.

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Octavian Pintilie

chief programmer

Image Factory's chief programmer, Octavian Pintilie is an adventurous daredevil exacting pixel perfect web pages with technologically advanced original solutions.

key partners:
General Electric





sustainble fuel

Lily Helipads


US AirForce


VerdeGo Aero

hybrid components