Senior Leadership Team

Senior Leadership Team

The founding management team includes Charlie Johnson, the former president of Cessna, the largest producer of aircraft in the world, and George Bye, CEO of Bye Aerospace and former leader of Javelin, as well as leaders from Cessna, Euralair, Mooney, Remos, Redbird Flight Simulations and Adam Aircraft. The company is outsourcing engineering, marketing, legal and administration in order to maximize efficiencies and capitalize on the complementary talent from our founder, Bye Aerospace.

George Bye
Founder, Chairman & CEO
Mr. Bye is our founder, visionary, and aviation pioneer. He is also Chairman, President and CEO of our founding company, Bye Aerospace. Mr. Bye is the creative innovator behind the company with two decades of experience as an aerospace entrepreneur and executive. He assembled our team, our board, wrote the business plan and provides technical and development guidance. Among Mr. Bye’s several aircraft designs are small electric hybrid UAV, electric aircraft and technologies and the new, solar-electric hybrid UAV program, StratoAirNet and Silent Guardian. Previously, he launched, developed and led the Company designing the Javelin, a transonic two-seat jet for military and civil utility. Mr. Bye holds the design patent for the Javelin which first flew in September 2005. He holds a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Washington. He is an ATP rated pilot and has logged over 4,000 flying hours. He was a USAF ROTC distinguished graduate, instructor pilot in the supersonic T-38 for Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training, C-141B Instructor Aircraft Commander and is a veteran of Desert Storm. To find out more go to: www.GeorgeBye.com.
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Charlie B. Johnson
President
Mr. Johnson provides operational leadership for AEAC, and is retired President and COO of Cessna Aircraft Company, the leading worldwide manufacturer of general aviation aircraft. In addition Mr. Johnson was President of ATG, which developed and flew the prototype Javelin jet. Mr. Johnson also has considerable leadership and experience developing an electric propulsion Cessna 172 research project and in 2012, Mr. Johnson flew the converted electric powered Cessna. Mr. Johnson holds an ATP rating with over 14,000 flight hours. He has over 20 take-offs and landings in the electric Cessna 172 he helped develop. Previously Mr. Johnson was a USAF combat pilot flying missions in the F-105 fighter in Southeast Asia.
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Dale Eagan
Vice Chairman
Mr. Egan is an Associate General Counsel within Emerson Electric’s mergers and acquisitions law group. Before that he was Global General Counsel for American Appraisal, a financial services firm operating in 26 countries. Mr. Egan is a Director and volunteer pilot for The Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation, where he has presented veteran initiatives at the White House. He co-founded ValorCorps, a company dedicated to placing veterans into civilian technology positions after leaving the service. Mr. Egan has a bachelor’s degree in corporate finance from the University of St. Thomas and a law degree from Marquette University, with a concentration in corporate and intellectual property law. His aviation passions include grass runways, Twin Bonanzas, Navions, and backcountry seaplane flying.
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Shari Goodstein Rossi
Director
Shari is Chairwoman and CFO of Eagle Air, Inc. a full concierge charter company operating out of the New York City area. Shari is a successful and prudent Financial Manager representing aviation and real estate organizations in analytical, management and sales roles. In addition to her continued role in her family’s Real Estate legacy spanning three generations, she is a profit-focused expert in cost reduction and budgeting for Eagle Air. Previously Rossi focused her energy as a broker, manager and developer for Goodstein Equities and various family-related LLCs from 1995 through August, 2013. She continues to add value as a partner offering her array of expertise to many continued endeavors in these entities. Ms. Rossi holds a Chartered Market Technician designation from the Market Technician’s Association. Ms. Rossi holds a Master’s of Science, New York University. She also holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration Finance Degree, George Washington University.
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Mark Van Tine
Director
Mark Van Tine is Vice President, Digital Aviation for The Boeing Company. In this capacity, he oversees a global enterprise comprised of 4000 employees focused on developing and delivering intelligent information solutions which optimize customer’s operations and environmental performance. He also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Jeppesen, an information solutions company providing products and services for aviation and marine transportation industries around the world. He was named to the Jeppesen position in October 2002, and became the leader of the newly formed Digital Aviation organization at Boeing in October of 2012. Since its simple beginnings in 1934, Jeppesen has transformed from being the leading navigational chart company in the aviation industry to providing intelligent information solutions to the global transportation industry as part of the Boeing Company, the world’s largest aerospace enterprise. Van Tine began his career in 1981 with Lockheed DataPlan, a leading flight planning and weather services company located in Los Gatos, California, which in 1989, was acquired by Jeppesen. He served as the Managing Director of DataPlan from 1991 until 1995, before relocating to Denver, Colorado to oversee Jeppesen's worldwide flight information development, printing and distribution operations, and IT organizations. He has spent his career working in a variety of different organizations within Jeppesen, including flight operations, customer service, navigation, and information technology. Van Tine served as Jeppesen’s Chief Information Officer from 1998 – 2002. Van Tine remains active in civic and industry relations. He is a lifetime member of the Experimental Aircraft Association and has been a member of the Board of Directors for EAA since 2015. Van Tine also currently sits on the Board of Directors for the General Aviation Manufactures Association (GAMA) and serves as Chairman of the Security Issues Committee. Involved in public aviation education, Van Tine serves on the Advisory Board for Cherry Creek Schools Aviation Technology Program, and participates in an advisory capacity for the aviation programs at both Metropolitan State College of Denver and San Jose State University. Van Tine chairs the Jeppesen Aviation Foundation, which honors the legacy of Captain Elrey B. Jeppesen by providing support to educational institutions, organizations and students in the aviation community. Van Tine also volunteers as a pilot to fly participants in community programs supported by Jeppesen, including: EAA Young Eagles, an aviation youth organization; CraigFlight, a program to fly wheelchair-bound patients from Craig Hospital; and Challenge Air for Kids, a program that gives children with disabilities a chance to experience the fun of flying in a small plane.
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Alexandre Couvelaire
Director
Mr Couvelaire is highly experienced aerospace executive and founded Euralair 40 years ago. Euralair became in France a major corporate jet operator utilizing the Lear Jet, Citation, Falcon business jet aircraft, and commercial airline, utilizing variants of the Boeing 737. In the 1990′s, he became President, CEO of AOM French Airline operating a fleet of DC10, Airbus A340, MD83, until its full privatization. In the 1980s Euralair purchased Mooney Aircraft, a well-known GA manufacturer. Later, Mooney joined with Socata/Aerospatiale to design the TBM 700 high-speed single-engine turboprop. Mr. Couvelaire is a pilot with 7,000 flight hrs.
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Kerry Beresford
Director
Engineer, pilot, and accomplished business leader with 25 years’ experience in the commercial and government Aerospace Industry. Mr. Beresford leads the development programs with a broad background in prototype development, manufacturing, aircraft modifications, ISR systems integration and special mission operations support. Mr. Beresford also brings a wealth of experience in organizational development and growth management and has led dozens of proposals on major acquisitions resulting in more than $3.5 billion in competitive awards. Mr. Beresford holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from University of Arizona and is a private pilot with single and multi-engine ratings.
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Jerry Gregoire
Director
Mr. Gregoire is an innovator and champion of general aviation, and the founder and former Chairman of Redbird Flight Simulations. He is the former Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Dell Computer Corporation. Prior to joining Dell in 1996 he spent 10 years with PepsiCo, Inc. Serving as Vice President of Information Systems for Pepsi-Cola Co. Mr. Gregoire is a director on General Aviation Manufacturers Association and a member of the AOPA's president's council. He is rancher and an avid aviator with ATP and CJ Business jet type rating, and he holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
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Craig Fuller
Director
Fuller, Chairman of the Fuller Company, began the Washington, DC portion of his career with the Reagan Administration in 1981, where he served for eight years in the White House, first as Assistant to President Reagan for Cabinet Affairs, then as Chief of Staff to Vice President George H.W. Bush during the second term of the Administration. He co-chaired the President Bush Transition, then entered the private sector in the nation’s capital, leading public affairs consulting firms and associations, and serving as the officer of a major consumer packaged goods company. After serving as President and CEO of AOPA, Fuller remained in the Washington, DC area to lead The Fuller Company, a strategic consulting group. He remains active in aviation policy matters and was recently appointed to the FAA’s Management Advisory Council. In addition, he serves as a director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where he is a member of the Executive Committee, and is Chairman of Redbird Flight Simulations.
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John Knudson
Director & General Counsel
Mr. Knudsen functions as our in-house attorney through Bye Aerospace. He is Executive Vice President and General Counsel for the Bye Aerospace and is in private practice as an aviation attorney. His responsibilities also include FAA oversight and corporate risk management. Previously he was co-founder and President of Adam Aircraft. He was a U.S. Navy pilot flying the A-6 Intruder and the P-3 Orion and has logged more than 150 aircraft carrier landings. Mr. Knudsen holds a B.S. in Business from the University of Colorado and a JD from the University of Puget Sound, School of Law. He has practiced as a trial attorney for the FAA and Department of Justice. He holds an ATP certificate with Lear Jet and Citation 525 type ratings, and has logged 3,800 flight hours.
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Diane M. Simard
Director & Sr. Vice President
Ms. Simard is Senior VP of Bye Aerospace. Ms. Simard, who is an active investor in seven early-stage companies focused on emerging technologies in the medical device, telecom, cyber security and aerospace industries, was recently named one of the inaugural “Top 100 Business Women to Watch” in the entire country by Bizwomen.com. Diane’s experience includes service on several corporate and advisory boards, including an electronics recycling company, an unmanned aerial systems company in Albuquerque (founding shareholder), a Denver-based bank and an information security company. In addition, she is the Founder of the Center for Oncology Psychology Excellence (COPE) at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology. COPE is the first specialty in the country to offer specialized training to clinical psychology students at the graduate level on how to counsel cancer patients, survivors and their caregivers.
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Larry Williams
Director
Seasoned executive with experience meeting complex business challenges in manufacturing and service industries with strong aviation leadership - both domestic and international. Mr. Williams' extensive experience includes making high-states decisions within fast-paced, high-pressure environments using experience-based judgement, innovation, strong work ethic, humor, and irreproachable integrity. Consistently provided oversight and direction for strategies dealing with highly complex transformational work in challenging markets. From startups to small publicly held companies, to large multi-national and international corporations, he is respected as a motivational lead-by-example manager, change agent and proponent of empowerment and accountability. He is a visionary thinker with a global perspective and entrepreneurial drive. Key contributor providing C-level strategic guidance that builds market position in highly respected public and private companies, such as Rural/Metro Corporation, AmSafe Aviation and BRS Aerospace. Mr. Williams diplomatically navigates international and domestic business cultures, creating value for shareholders by executing corporate strategy. Mr. Williams' is experienced in advanced technologies and product development. He has led strategic growth and change management which has provided bottom line efficiencies for a number of companies. His career experience enables sophisticated insights with a honed instinct, forward thought, and seasoned guidance driven by key insights gained from problem-solving experience and global business savvy that has spawned and shaped sustainable competitive business advantage.
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Senior Advisory Council

Austin Blue
CEO of SciFly & President of Spectrum Aviation
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Brian Ballard
Software Consultant
Senior software consultant specializing in CRM enterprise software customization.
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Amir Blachman
Executive VP, PAse IV & Former Managing Director, Space Angels Network
Mr. Blachman leads business development and finance for Phase Four, a company building plasma thrusters for the rapidly-growing satellite market. Prior to Phase Four, he served as Managing Director of Space Angels Network, investing in emerging aerospace companies. Mr. Blachman has over 20 years’ experience in startup operations, finance and marketing, and in real estate investment. He holds a BA from UC Santa Barbara, an MBA from UCLA Anderson, and is a graduate of the NASDAQ/Anderson Director Certification Program for corporate governance. Mr. Blachman holds a private pilot license with instrument rating, and has completed Rich Stowell’s Emergency Maneuvers Course. Mr. Blachman resides in Los Angeles with his wife and daughters.
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Peter Bunce
President & CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association
Peter is President and CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). He and the GAMA staff engage regulators, policy makers and elected officials to promote general aviation and advance the interests of GAMA’s membership of 80 airframe, avionics and engine manufacturers, as well as the world’s leading business aviation maintenance, repair and overall companies. Pete retired from the USAF in March 2005, with his last assignment as the Director of the USAF Congressional Budget and Appropriations Liaison. During his 26 year USAF career, Pete flew F-15s and A-10s, while commanding several large operational fighter units.
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Scott Chesnut
Colonel (USAF, retired)
Colonel Chesnut is a former Bye Aerospace director and is a Rockwell Collins senior businessman. Scott was previously the Vice Commander of the Air Force District of Washington, where he had oversight of homeland security and interagency operations for the Washington, D.C. National Capital region. He received his BS degree in Aviation Business from Arizona State University, an MBA in Aviation Business from Embry Riddle University, and an MA in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University. He serves on the board of Silent Falcon UAS Technologies.
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Hugh H. (Bugs) Forsythe
Major General (USAF, retired)
Major General Forsythe (USAF, retired). General Forsythe is senior Vice President at Bye Aerospace and Vice Chairman of Silent Falcon (Bye UAS). His responsibilities include military and government liaison in the Washington D.C. area. General Forsythe’s last USAF command was with U.S. Central Command that covered USAF operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. General Forsythe recently retired as a Boeing 777 Captain from United Airlines with more than 16,000 civil flying hours. He was a fighter pilot with 4,500 military flight hours in the F-105, T-38, F-4D, and F-16, and is a 1969 graduate of USAF Academy.
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Gretchen Jahn
Ms. Jahn has extensive background in operations, production and supply chain as well as corporate startups and turnarounds. She is Chairman of the Board of DeltaHawk Engines, a member of the board of the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association, and serves or has served on other corporate, nonprofit and advisory boards. Formerly Ms. Jahn was the COO of REMOS Aircraft, a German manufacturer of light sport airplanes with operations in Germany and the U.S. She was the former CEO of Mooney Airplane Company, bringing it out of bankruptcy and re-establishing sales, manufacturing, and customer service. Ms. Jahn was co-founder and CEO of Aegis Analytical Corporation, a manufacturer of analytical software for the pharmaceutical industry that was recently acquired by Accelrys for $32 million. She holds a commercial pilot license with instrument and seaplane ratings, and is an active participant in cross-country air racing.
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Jack Pelton
Pelton has over three decades of aviation experience and joined Cessna in 2000 as Senior Vice President of Product Engineering. He was named President and CEO in 2003 and Chairman in 2005, retiring in 2011. Prior to Cessna, Pelton was Senior Vice President of Engineering and Programs at Fairchild Dornier in Germany and held related executive positions for 20 years at Boeing, formerly Douglas Aircraft. He is a former member of the Board and Chairman of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, where he also served as Chairman of the Flight Operations Policy Committee. In addition, he served on the Associate Member Advisory Board of the National Business Aviation Association. Pelton currently serves on the Boards of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Corporate Angel Network and Experimental Aircraft Association.
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Bill Rankin
My goal is to serve as a board member or advisor focusing on strategic planning, business development and fund raising. My management experience spans start-ups to large international corporations with public, private and government organizations. I have achieved leadership positions as Chairman/CEO of an entrepreneurial clean tech public company, General Manager of an internally created subsidiary of a fortune 100 industrial equipment manufacturer, Division Chief of a Department of Defense research laboratory and Project Manager at a top-tier business consulting firm. I'm a team builder and change agent with a "get-er-done" sense of urgency. I recently retired as Chairman/CEO of UQM Technologies, Inc., a public company traded on the NYSE MKT Stock Exchange. UQM develops and manufactures electric motors, generators and electronic controls for electric, hybrid and fuelcell powered vehicle propulsion, vehicle auxiliaries and distributed power systems. I joined UQM in February 1992 as Executive Vice President and was promoted to President in 1996, and Chairman/CEO 1999. I transitioned UQM from an R&D company to a high-volume production company in support of the emerging vehicle electrification markets. I was instrumental in raising over $90 million in private and secondary public offerings, winning a $45 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy as part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, relocating the Company to a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and building a strong technical and executive management team. UQM’s customers have included major international automobile, truck, bus, industrial and military vehicle manufacturers. During my tenure with the Company, UQM’s market cap increased from $25 million to over $250 million. I was previously employed by Deere & Company (16 years) and was responsible for Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) Systems for Deere's complete line of industrial, agricultural and consumer equipment and vehicle products. I established and was General Manager of Deere Tech Services, a new business venture that provided CIM systems and services to clients including Jaguar Motor Company, GM’s Buick, Oldsmobile, Cadillac Division, the Gates Rubber Company and the Boeing Corporation. Prior to Deere & Company, I worked at the U.S. Army’s Rock Island Arsenal and established and became Division Chief of the Simulation Technology Division reaching the grade of GS-15, developed large-scale computer war gaming models at Booz Allen Hamilton for the Department of Defense and served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army including a year with the 1st Cavalry Division in Vietnam earning two bronze Stars. I earned my engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines, majoring in Engineering Mathematics with a minor in metallurgy. I later received an M.S. in Systems Management from the Florida Institute of Technology. I have made numerous presentations at national conferences and symposia and have often been called upon as an expert in the emerging vehicle electrification market. I am currently engaged with several companies assisting them with strategic planning and business development.
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Rober Stangarone
Mr. Stangarone has more than 35 years of global experience in aviation and aerospace corporate affairs, marketing and communications with world class companies that include Embraer, Cessna, United Technologies’ Pratt & Whitney and Sikorsky units, Rolls-Royce, Fairchild Dornier, and Safire Aircraft. He is a commercial pilot with multi-engine and instrument ratings and is type rated in Citation business jets. He currently owns a Cessna 162 Skycatcher. A former journalist, Bob has been widely published in trade and general news media (including Washington Post, International Herald Tribune and Los Angeles Times) and was prominently featured in “Business Lessons from the Edge,” a book on high achievers in business.
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Chuck Taylor
CHUCK TAYLOR is President of SyberJet Aircraft, which is owned by Metalcraft Technologies (“MTI”). Mr. Taylor joined MTI in 1990 where he has been instrumental in the building the company to the industry leader it is today. His experience of over 24 years at MTI has taken him through various management roles. He served as VP of Marketing, Program Management and Structural Assembly and serves as corporate Secretary. In 2011 he began serving as the VP of SyberJet Aircraft, a company purchased by the owners of MTI. SyberJet manufactures the SJ30, a seven-passenger business jet. In January of 2013, Mr. Taylor assumed the position of President of SyberJet Aircraft. He earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Southern Utah University and a MBA from Utah State University. He currently serves as President of the Board of Trustees for the SUCCESS Academy, an Early Collage High School dedicated to preparing students for careers in Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, a gubernatorial appointment. He also serves on the academic advisory board of the Walter M. Gibson Collage of Science and Engineering at Southern Utah University.
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James Wreyford
Mr. Wreyford is Founder and former President of ANTEK Industrial Instruments Inc, an online analytical instrument manufacturer in the petroleum petrochemical and food and beverage industries. He holds US patents in Ultraviolet Fluorescence technology. Mr. Wreyford is currently President of The Wreyford Family Foundation and a board member of The W Foundation. He holds a B.S. in Industrial Distribution from Texas A&M University. Mr. Wreyford was an active Civil Air Patrol member in Texas Wing squadrons 1975-1982 and 2005-2012. He holds private pilot with instrument rating with 1,500 flying hours.
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