Our First Class Team
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, President & CEO
Vik Kachoria, President and CEO of Spike Aerospace, is leading the development of the world’s first QUIET supersonic business jet, the Spike S-512. The luxurious, state-of-the-art aircraft cuts travel times in 1/2 so passengers can enjoy more destinations. Mr. Kachoria is a seasoned executive with over 35 years international business experience as a successful entrepreneur and in corporate development, general management and mergers & acquisitions with Fortune 50 and high growth ventures.
In the early 80s, Kachoria designed and built a Mass Driver/MagLev prototype with applications in transportation and asteroid mining. He then worked at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama developing a model of Earth’s magnetosphere. That led to developing software for monitoring engine tests at GE Aircraft Engines.
Mr. Kachoria launched Computer Connection in the late 80s, selling CAD systems and installing computer networks. The company was successfully sold and led to his second venture, International Solutions, developing and selling sales force automation software to the petroleum industry. ISI was sold in 1994, when Vik took a break and pursued his MBA degree. That led to 10 years in boutique investment banking, mergers & acquisitions and corporate development with Fortune 50 companies like Liberty, Nortel and Polaroid.
In addition to leading Spike Aerospace, Mr. Kachoria serves as an advisor / investor in several early stage technology companies. Vik left a desert village in India with his family to take a 737 to London at 3 years of age and has since become a world traveler having visited 38 countries. He received his pilot’s license at 17 and is working towards his commercial rating. Kachoria studied at MIT Sloan School of Management and Boston University, has an MBA and a BA in Physics and Mathematics.
Tom Captain, Executive Advisor
Tom Captain spent almost 4 decades advising global commercial aerospace, space, defense and airline companies solving complex product development, manufacturing, supply chain, finance, acquisition, litigation, cost efficiency and business development challenges. He is the retired Vice Chairman of Deloitte LLP and was leader of their global aerospace and defense practice, serving its clients for 36 years in Europe, Asia and North America. He testified at the Congressional Aviation Subcommittee on the Deloitte study, “Transforming the Air Transportation System”, and testified at the Senate Banking Committee on “Export-Import Bank Reauthorization and Impact on the Space Industry”.At Spike Aerospace, he provides guidance and support in new product introduction, supply chain, finance, governance, investor relations, customer and business development activities.
He is a frequent keynote speaker at industry conferences, e.g., Aviation Week, SpeedNews, Wharton Aerospace, ISRO, and company board meetings. A recognized expert, he is cited several hundred times in print and on-line media regarding current trends, events and breaking news stories, e.g., WSJ, FT, CNN, Washington Post, Aviation Week, Defense News, Bloomberg, Reuters, New York Times, Handelsblatt, Japan Times, Arabic News, Peoples Daily, Hindustan Times. He has appeared on television and in radio broadcasts with Fox Business News, Defense News Today, and BBC radio. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and was recently named by Defense News to the Top 100 Most Influential People in US Defense.
Mr. Captain is a graduate of the University of Washington with a BA, completed the Executive Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business, and Seattle University with an MBA. He possessed a US DOD Secret SAR clearance.
Katerina Barilov, Finance & Strategy Advisor
Ms. Barilov has extensive experience in aviation, structured asset-backed finance, and corporate strategy. She is currently a Managing Director at Shearwater Aero Capital, a private financing company supporting early stage aircraft businesses. Prior to Shearwater, Ms. Barilov was an investment banker at Goldman Sachs’ Industrials Group in New York, focused on assisting top tier aviation, aerospace and defense clients. In this role, Ms. Barilov conduced analyses, created materials, and facilitated execution in all phases of the deal process, including pitching, industry research, valuation analysis, deal execution and due diligence for clients in aerospace and aviation. Ms. Barilov has been involved in numerous successful M&A, IPO and Spin-off processes but was focused specifically on private placements for early stage ventures.
Prior to Goldman Sachs, she ran the Structured Finance division for Europe Middle East and Africa at Hawker Beechcraft, a leading aerospace manufacturer based out of Wichita Kansas. She joined Hawker Beechcraft as part of a small team of structured finance professionals formed to create a new solution for sales financing support of cross-border aircraft acquisitions. The team designed and launched a Structured Finance department which developed and maintained relationships with third party financiers, structured financing support and conducted credit analysis of potential clients. In her role, Ms. Barilov sourced transactions, developed and maintained a network of 200+ financiers, and structured and arranged complex transactions, liaising between lawyers, insurers, bankers and clients, overseeing due diligence, documentation, and credit processes.
She holds an MBA and Bachelors degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. She is an avid pilot with a passion for aerobatic competition with experience in a Pitts S2C. She spends her free time focused on adventure flying in her modified Piper Colt, cycling and running.
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.
Shreekant Agrawall, Executive Advisor
Shreekant Agrawal said “I love Spike’s vision for quiet (low-boom) supersonic flight and am very excited to bring my years of aerospace engineering and management experience to bring supersonic flight to the market. They have a very compelling vision that is going to change civilian aviation.”
Dr. Shreekant Agrawal has over 35 years of aerospace industry experience including 29 years at the Boeing Company, where he had a variety of assignments in functional, program, and technology management. He received recognition as a technical fellow in 1996 from Boeing Research & Technology Flight Sciences organization where he managed and worked on supersonic low-boom research projects and strategic planning for technology development for future products.
In one of his many roles, Dr. Agrawal was a leader of Boeing’s High-Speed Aerodynamics Technology group and as IPT leader of the NASA/Industry High Speed Research program, he led the aerodynamics, flight controls, stability & control, laminar flow control, propulsion/airframe integration, and sonic boom research efforts. His contributions range from developing and applying advanced aerodynamics/computational analysis and design optimization methods for supersonic commercial transport and hypersonic vehicles.
He has also served as the chief operating officer and director of operations for a joint venture in the Boeing Defense Military Aircraft Division. He has 12 publications in the archival journals, over 50 papers in various conferences, and 1 patent on supersonic aircraft design.
Shreekant earned a Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan, an M.S. from the University of Maryland, and a B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur; all in aerospace engineering.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Colin Pritchet, Senior Engineer, Properties Specialist
Colin Pritchet, Mass Properties Specialist at Spike Aerospace, is applying his background in aircraft design to optimize weight and balance of the Spike S-512 jet. Colin began his accomplished career on rotorcraft working at Westland & Bell Helicopters. He then moved onto fixed wing with Bombardier on their Dash-Q400 and Global Express, where he gained a thorough grounding in all aspects of Aircraft Structure and System design. His career has taken him all over the world gaining experience on all types of aircraft, from business & commercial jets to VTOL fighters and military transports. His enthusiasm for optimizing aircraft design and championing the introduction of advanced materials and innovative technologies is in-keeping with the S-512 philosophy. Colin studied Mechanical Engineering at The University of the West of England.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.