Building The Future Of Aviation

Spike Aerospace, Inc. has assembled a world-class team of executives, aerospace engineers and advisors, with experience designing, building and certifying aircraft at Gulfstream, Eclipse, Epic, Airbus and Boeing. Our team has gone from clean-sheet to first flight to production and has provided sales leadership, support and training. We know how to build aircraft, and we are using that knowledge to build the future of aviation – the Spike S-512 Quiet Supersonic Jet.

Interested in joining the Spike Aerospace team? Check out our careers page to learn more and view available opportunities.

Spike Aerospace Management & Advisory Team

 

Vik Kachoria

Vik Kachoria
President & CEO

Vik Kachoria is a seasoned executive with over 35 years of international business experience in corporate development, general management and mergers & acquisitions with Fortune 50 and early stage ventures. He has been a successful serial entrepreneur, advisor and investor in high-growth technology ventures in sectors including aerospace, aviation, software and internet applications.

 

Early in his career, Mr. Kachoria worked at NASA and General Electric Aircraft Engines before launching his first company. He holds a private pilot’s license and is working towards his commercial rating. Kachoria studied at the MIT Sloan School of Management and Boston University, where he earned an MBA and a BA in Physics and Mathematics.

 

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 Anutosh Moitra

Anutosh Moitra
Chief Technology
Officer                                                                                            

Dr. Anutosh Moitra is Spike Aerospace’s Chief Technology Officer, leading engineering efforts on the Spike S-512 Quiet Supersonic Jet and other projects. Dr. 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 received awards for his contributions to all major commercial airplane product development programs. Dr. Moitra served as leader of an Industry-NASA collaborative team that coordinated CFD analysis activities for development of Boeing’s High-Speed Civil Transport (HSCT) supersonic airplane. He has served as head of Aerospace Technology at TATA India, and has coordinated industry-government collaboration for multiple airplane development programs.

Dr. Moitra has thirty years of experience in aeronautical research, which includes knowledge and experience in diverse disciplines including physics of aerodynamic flows, mathematical and numerical techniques for flow simulation, and design and performance of aircraft.

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Sharief Fahmy
VP, Global
Development                                                                                                                                                    

Sharief Fahmy, as VP of Global Development, is responsible for developing key relationships with global aerospace partners, customers and government agencies. Fahmy is based in Abu Dhabi, where he also serves as Chief Executive Officer of Middle East General Enterprises (MGE), a family office that provides business and investment solutions to the international business community in an array of specialties including banking and finance, defense, aerospace and healthcare. Sharief has served as CEO and Senior Advisor to Fairs & Exhibitions (F&E), one of the world’s most accomplished event organizers, delivering world-class aerospace events including the internationally-acclaimed Dubai Airshow.

Mr. Fahmy recently completed a distinguished 23-year public service career, where he served on USAF Base Level tours, Joint Strategic Level tours at the Pentagon, the White House Presidential Airlift “Air Force One,” United States Central Command and lastly as a diplomat at the United States Embassy in Abu Dhabi. He is currently serving as Chairman and Board Member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Abu Dhabi, and as a member of the Dubai-based American Business Council (ABC).


Mark Hale

Mark Hale
VP, Sales &
Marketing

Mark Hale is a senior aviation executive with 40+ years of industry experience at Embraer and Boeing. His expertise covers a wide span of functional areas including General Senior Management, Sales & Marketing, Program Management, FAA Relationships, Aircraft MRO and Production Planning.

Previously, Mr. Hale served as Senior Vice President of Embraer USA North America, one of the largest aircraft manufacturers in the world, where he was responsible for the sales and marketing of five major Embraer programs including the EMB-110, EMB-120, EMB-312, ERJ-145 and EMB-170/190 in the Americas. Over the course of his career, he has been responsible for the sale of over 1,250 aircraft.

Hale earned his Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Air Force Academy and an MBA from the Thunderbird School at Arizona State University. He served in the U.S. Air Force, has a USAF Senior Pilot Rating, and holds an FAA Airline Transport Pilot certificate with over 2,000 flight hours.

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Wayne Gaulzetti
VP, Testing &
Certification

Wayne Gaulzetti is responsible for developing Spike’s testing and certification program to ensure that our aircraft will be approved by regulatory agencies. Wayne recently 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.

Mr. Gaulzetti worked with certification offices including Boston and Brussels, and completed a tour with ICAO as consultant / mentor to the Indonesian Aircraft Certification Service in Jakarta and Bandung. Following his time at the 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, Gaulzetti consulted for Sikorsky Aircraft on aircraft certification programs.

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Jeff Henderson
VP, Facilities

Jeff Henderson is a seasoned senior manager with 30 years of experience in the aerospace and high-tech industries. His roles have included strategic facilities development, process and project management, production systems development and implementation, supply chain management, site selection, construction management and capital equipment lifecycle management. Henderson has planned, developed, and managed facilities expansions and capital equipment installations worth over $2 billion.

Throughout his career, Mr. Henderson worked in various management capacities at McDonnell Douglas, Gulfstream, Intel and Boeing. He currently serves as a facilities project management consultant to clients in various industries. Henderson is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and Engineer-In-Training (EIT). He holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech and an MBA from Golden Gate University.


Randy White

Randy White
VP Aero-Systems                                                                                                                                                                     

Randy White is Spike’s Senior Engineer, leading efforts on aircraft configuration and design of key systems. He is a pilot and mechanical / systems engineer with over 30 years of experience in the aviation industry. While in the military, White 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, the Lockheed C-130, the Gulfstream G250, 450 and 550, and the Boeing 737RS.

Mr. White most recently worked with the FAA as a senior program analyst for the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS), NAVLean and Closely Spaced Parallel Operations (CSPO) programs, having co-authored several reports on the reduction of spacing and offset approach standards.

 

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Kevin Novak

Kevin Novak
VP Flight Safety &
Training                                                    

Kevin Novak is Spike Aerospace’s VP of Flight Safety and Training; he is developing pilot training programs and flight safety procedures for the Spike S-512. He is a professional aviator and entrepreneur, with over 30 years of experience and 10,000+ hours of flying time. Novak’s 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. Novak holds an Airline Transport Pilot license and type ratings in multiple aircraft, and has extensive international operating experience in most of the world, including the North Atlantic, Pacific, Asia, Europe, Canada, Middle East, North America and Australia.

As President of Mach 3 Composites, which he founded in 2009, Mr. Novak developed the company’s product line and managed quality control. Mach 3’s carbon-fiber products are sold in over 20 countries worldwide. Novak holds a B.S. in Aviation Management from Southern Illinois University.

 

 

 


Jim Stagliano

Jim Stagliano
Senior Engineer,
Sonic Boom

Dr. Jim Stagliano, Senior Engineer at Spike Aerospace, leads the company’s efforts to predict and mitigate our supersonic aircraft’s sonic boom signature. Dr. Stagliano is a scientist and engineer with 20 years of experience in system modeling and analysis, program management and 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, and 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.


Jack Agolli
Aerospace Engineer

Jack Agolli, Aerospace Engineer at Spike Aerospace. Agolli has an advanced knowledge of fluid dynamics, aerodynamics and aircraft structures, dynamics and control. Using his significant experience in CAD modeling / design and wind tunnel testing, he is contributing to Spike’s 3D printing, CAD designs and demonstrator efforts.

Mr. Agolli has also worked at the Space, Aerial and Nuclear Networks Division of the United States Air Force as an engineering intern.


Tom Langer
Engineer

Tom Langer, Engineer at Spike Aerospace, is responsible for aerodynamic analysis and optimization.He is an aerospace engineer with 12 years of experience in the aerospace and defense industries. Most of Langer’s professional career has been dedicated to wind tunnel testing and flight test data analysis, along with modeling, simulation, and validation. His projects range from rocket motors and projectiles to air data systems and UAVs. Mr. Langer holds a B.S. and M.S. in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics from the University of Minnesota, is a student pilot, and spends his spare time turning wrenches on restored airworthy WWII aircraft.

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Robert Pasque
Aerospace Engineer

Robert Pasque has five years of experience in the aerospace industry, most of which have been within Boeing’s Phantom Works division. In that short time, he has worked on a plethora of projects & studies, ranging from clean-sheet aircraft design to ground vehicle performance & optimization. Pasque’s skill set centers on automated, multidisciplinary design optimization, simulation, & sizing of aircraft in light of their entire life-cycle. He was a valedictorian of his engineering class at Washington University in St. Louis, where he received his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering in 2010.

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Perry DiClemente

Perry DiClemente
Advisor

Perry DiClemente is an aircraft designer, angel investor, and entrepreneur, with over 30 years of multidisciplinary aviation experience from design to 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, as well as updated existing planes 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.

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Jerry Schumacher

Jerry Schumacher
Advisor

Jerry Schumacher is President of U.S. Technical, an aviation engineering and certification firm based in Fullerton, California. He brings over 42 years of experience at a major aircraft engineering, certification and systems integration company.  Schumacher’s responsibilities included management of manpower resources and field services installation teams.  He developed many unique team installation techniques for systems such as passenger flight phones, entertainment systems, TCAS, HUD, GPS and many others.  In addition, Mr. Schumacher has several years of experience in management of parts production and kitting operations.


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Rick Citron
Citron & Deutsch

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. Citron also worked with 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, he has started dozens of his own businesses. Citron actively assists his clientele in team development, business and financial planning, and capital formation. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science from the University of California at Berkeley, 1966, a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley, 1967, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of California at Los Angeles, 1970.


Keilani Sakumoto

Keilani Sakumoto
Marketing

Keilani Sakumoto, marketing associate at Spike Aerospace, works on special projects focusing on Spike’s brand and public presence. She has led the development of Spike’s marketing material and graphic design projects, and has coordinated a number of environment and economic impact research projects.

In the past, Sakumoto has created marketing campaigns for startup companies in San Diego and Boston.


Jason Yu

Jason Yu
Marketing

Jason Yu, marketing associate at Spike Aerospace, is applying his expertise to the development of the Multiplex Digital Cabin and helping to create graphic materials for the company. Yu is an expert in digital display technologies and their application in video walls, performance workstations, and entertainment systems. He studied graphic design and animation at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts.


Pejman Akbari

Pejman Akbari
Advisor

Dr. Pejman Akbari is a faculty member of the California State Polytechnic University in Pomona. 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. From 2009-2011, this research was funded by a multi-million dollar program including funds from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E). As co-inventor of the Wave Disk Engine concept, Dr. Akbari is the author of over 35 peer-reviewed journals and papers, and holds three patents related to nonsteady-flow devices. His education includes a postdoctoral research position at the 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

Guillermo Söhnlein
Advisor

Guillermo Söhnlein is a technology and social entrepreneur actively supporting the growth of innovative aerospace ventures. He is Founder and Chairman of the Advisory Board of Space Angels Network, a global network of accredited investors focused on early-stage aerospace companies. Söhnlein is also currently Founder and CEO of Blue Marble Exploration, which organizes expeditions to explore extreme environments, including deep oceans, polar extremes, high altitude and outer space. He 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. Söhnlein 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 for four years on active duty as an officer in the United States Marine Corps.