Spike Aerospace is comprised of an incredible team of engineers with experience designing, building and certifying aircraft at Gulfstream, Eclipse, Epic, Airbus and Bombardier. In addition to the engineering talent, the company is supported by an advisory team of seasoned executives with backgrounds in aircraft sales, FAA certification & regulatory processes, finance, legal and manufacturing. The effort is being led by a management team with a wealth of experience in aviation, high tech and corporate finance.
Vik Kachoria is a seasoned aerospace executive with 30 years experience in general management and consulting of high growth ventures including new aircraft, air taxis, charter flights, sub-orbital rockets and solar power satellites. Roles have included general management, corporate development, mergers & acquisitions, finance and new ventures. He has assisted in raising capital, led integration efforts and evaluated numerous mergers & acquisition deals between $200m-$3b. Early in his career, he conducted research at NASA and MIT on the Solar-Terrestrial Magnetosphere and designed an early pattern recognition software. He built a prototype of a Mag Lev train in the 80s, contributed to a proposal on asteroid mining and spent some time researching anti-particles/anti-gravity. He currently serves as an advisor or investor in several early stage technology companies. Mr. Kachoria has a pilot’s license and is working towards his commercial rating. Mr. Kachoria studied at MIT Sloan School of Management and Boston University.
Dr. Anutosh Moitra is recognized internationally for his unique expertise across all aspects of aircraft design and analysis. He has been recognized at NASA for his innovations in design and analysis methodology. At Boeing he has received awards for his contributions to all major commercial airplane product development programs. He served as focal for an Industry-NASA collaborative team to coordinate CFD analysis activities for development of Boeing’s High-Speed Civil Transport (HSCT) supersonic airplane. Dr. Anutosh Moitra thirty years of experience in aeronautical research includes knowledge and experience in diverse disciplines including physics of aerodynamic flows, mathematical and numerical techniques for flow simulation, as well as design and performance of airplanes.
Randy White is a Pilot and Mechanical / Systems engineer with over 30 years of experience in the aviation industry. While in the military, he was involved in the Hughes Aircraft (McDonnell Douglas) Little Bird Special Ops Program. Since then, he has worked on a variety of engineering and design projects involving the Space Shuttle, Haptic Feedback systems, the Throttle Quadrant for VLJ and Next Generation TQA, and the B-2 replacement. As a Principal Systems Engineer with Rockwell Collins, he was involved with the Boeing 787, Embraer, Lockheed C-130, Gulfstream G250, 450, and 550, and the Boeing 737RS. White is also the former president of DDTI, a small engineering firm that helped various firms bring their product from concept to production. He has most recently worked with the Federal Aviation Administration as a Project Control Analyst for the Closely Spaced Parallel Operations program and has co-authored several reports for the reduction of spacing and offset approach standards.
Kevin Novak is a professional aviator and entrepreneur, with over 30 years experience and 10,000+ hours of flying time. His background includes both military and commercial aviation. As a Naval Aviator and U.S Marine Corps Officer he flew the AV-8B Harrier II, retiring from the Marine Corps at the rank of Major after 20 years of service. Kevin holds an Airline Transport Pilot license and type ratings in multiple aircraft and has extensive international operating experience in most all regions of the world, including the North Atlantic, Pacific, Asia, Europe, Canada, Middle East, North America, and Australia. As President of Mach 3 Composites, a company he founded in 2009, Kevin developed their product line and managed quality control. Their carbon fiber products are sold and shipped to over 20 countries around the globe. He holds a B.S. Degree in Aviation Management from Southern Illinois University.
Pete Goldsmith has over 15 years experience designing and implementing aerospace tooling and assembly systems for a Tier 1 supplier to Boeing, Airbus, Gulfstream, Embraer, Lockheed Martin, NASA, SpaceX and Blue Origin. He has served as a Supply Chain Integrator with the largest parts supply network in the aerospace industry for commercial programs including the A380, A350, A340, A320, 747-8, 787, 777X, 737, G650, G280, E170, E190, Phenom, Legacy, and E2. He has also been involved in military programs including the F22, F35, A400M, Falcon, Ares and SLS. His focus is Assembly System design, operation, and Lean Optimization.
Dr. Jim Stagliano is a scientist and engineer with 20 years experience system modeling and analysis, program management and in signal processing, primarily in radar and electromagnetic fields and atmospheric phenomenon. He has numerous patents utilizing polarimetric waveforms including lightning nowcasting, simultaneous transmission, identification and correction of transmission errors, as well as techniques that automatically identify critical system faults and modify system operating parameters during mission critical periods. Since 2006, Dr. Stagliano has received numerous small business innovative research (SBIR) Phase I and Phase II contracts ranging from algorithm development (polarimetric lightning nowcasting, clutter mitigation and automatic target recognition) to studies for large, complex sensor systems (Precision Pulse Positioning and Orientation System). Dr. Stagliano’s most recent projects include the fusion of legacy sensor data, real-time automatic target recognition, and the development of a new railway safety sensor.
Wayne Gaulzetti retired from the Federal Aviation Administration where he worked in Aircraft Certification for 25 years. During that time his projects included aircraft of all categories and from various manufacturers such as Airbus, Sikorsky, British Aerospace, Slingsby, Pilateus, LET, PZL, etc. Certification offices included Boston, Brussels Belgium and a tour with ICAO as consultant/mentor to the Indonesian Aircraft Certification Service in Jakarta and Bandung. Following FAA he was Piper Aircraft’s Director of Airworthiness Certification and Technical Publications as well as Piper’s ODA Administrator to the FAA. Most recently, he has consulted for Sikorsky Aircraft on Aircraft Certification programs.
Keilani Sakumoto, with a background in business and communications, works on Special Projects focusing on Spike Aerospace’s brand and public presence. She has led the development of Spike’s marketing material and coordinated the marine and economic impact research projects. In the past, she has created marketing campaigns for start-up companies in San Diego and Boston.
Jason Yu is an expert in digital display technologies and their application in video walls, performance workstations and entertainment systems. He is applying his expertise in helping to create Spike’s innovative digital cabin. Jason studied graphic design and animation at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts.
Jerry Schumacher is President of U.S. Technical an aviation engineering and certification firm, Fullerton, California. He brings over 42 years experience at a major aircraft engineering, certification and systems integration company. Responsibilities included management of manpower resources and field services installation teams. Developed many unique team installation techniques for systems such as passenger flight phone, entertainment systems, TCAS, HUD, GPS and many others. In addition, he has several years’ experience in management of parts production and kitting operations.
Rick Citron is an attorney, business advisor, entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He has contributed to the success of Spacehab, Inc., a public company which raised over $200M and has provided space station supply and low earth orbit experimental volume on 18 Space Shuttle flights; and Kistler Aerospace Corporation, a privately held company which raised over $660M to develop reuseable aerospace launch vehicles. Mr. Citron has assisted hundreds of companies, utilizing his experience and the synergy of a carefully selected network of professionals. An entrepreneur at heart, Rick has started dozens of his own businesses. Rick actively assists his clientele in team development and business and financial planning and capital formation. Rick’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science, University of California at Berkeley, 1966, a Master’s in Business Administration, University of California at Berkeley, 1967, and a Juris Doctorate, University of California at Los Angeles, 1970.
Perry DiClemente is an aircraft designer, angel investor and entrepreneur, with over 30 years of multidisciplinary aviation experience from design through manufacturing. Starting as a Naval Flight Officer, he pursued his Bachelors and Masters in aerospace engineering then worked for McDonnell Douglas Corporation as a senior configuration specialist on new aircraft and updated existing ones like the F18 E/F. Mr. DiClemente enjoys working on new aircraft development programs including the Eclipse Model 500 VLJ; the ICON A5 amphibious Light Sport Aircraft and the Department of the Navy SeaScout seaworthy unmanned aircraft.
Willem Anemaat is president and co-founder of Design, Analysis and Research Corporation (DARcorporation), an aeronautical engineering and prototype development company which specializes in airplane design and engineering consulting services. Anemaat is the software architect for the Advanced Aircraft Analysis software, an airplane preliminary design tool. He has been actively involved with more than 350 airplane design projects and has run many wind tunnel tests for clients. Anemaat has more than 30 publications in the field of airplane design and analysis. He is a member of the AIAA Aircraft Design Technical Committee, an AIAA Associate Fellow and an associate editor for the AIAA Journal of Aircraft. Anemaat holds an M.S.A.E. degree (1987) from the Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands and a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering (2007) from The University of Kansas.
Dr. Pejman Akbari is a faculty member of the Columbia University Mechanical Engineeering department. His expertise in utilizing unsteady flows for advanced propulsion and power generation systems and ongoing research in developing unsteady combustion systems for gas turbines has been significantly highlighted in the media by CNN, PNR, Popular Science, Scientific America, New Scientist, and others. During 2009-2011, this research was funded by a multi-million dollar program, and from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E). As the co-inventor of the Wave Disk Engine concept. Dr. Akbari is the author of over 35 peer-reviewed journal/papers and 3 patents related to nonsteady-flow devices. His education includes Postdoctoral Research position at Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, B.S. and M.S. degrees in Aerospace Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University.
Guillermo Söhnlein is a technology and social entrepreneur actively supporting the growth of innovative aerospace ventures. He is the Founder and Chairman of the Advisory Board of Space Angels Network, a global network of accredited investors focused on early-stage aerospace companies. He is currently Founder and CEO of Blue Marble Exploration, which organizes expeditions to explore extreme environments, including deep ocean, polar, altitude, and space. Guillermo has been a frequent speaker on new venture creation, has taught university courses on entrepreneurship and early-stage finance, and has consulted with various funds, incubators, and investor groups. He earned an A.B. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley and a J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of the Law, after which he served four years on active duty as an officer in the United States Marine Corps.