Meet the Team

Marc Ausman
Co-founder & CEO

Chief Strategist on the Airbus Vahana program. Formerly COO at Yuneec USA, President & co-founder at Vertical Power, Board member at the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), Director at Eclipse Aviation, and Naval Flight Officer at US Navy. Marc holds a a Commercial Pilot certificate with multi-engine, instrument ratings. MBA, UT Austin, BS, Cal Poly.

Peter Kalogiannis
Co-founder & CTO

Aircraft Integration and Test Lead on the Airbus Vahana program. Formerly Sr. Flight Test Engineer at Uber Elevate, Director at Skyryse, Project and Flight Test Engineer, Scaled Composites. Peter holds a Commercial Pilot certificate with single and multiengine ratings. He is also a Certificated Flight Instructor and has a helicopter rating. MS Electrical Engineering, BS Computer Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Don Fung
Co-founder

Flight Software Engineer on the Airbus Vahana program. Don developed flight control software used in simulation, sub-scale, and full-scale aircraft environments. Formerly Flight Controls Engineer at Northrop Grumman. BS Aerospace Engineering, UCLA.

Geoffrey DuBridge
Co-founder

Senior sub-scale vehicle engineer on the Airbus Vahana program. Senior integration engineer on the Airbus Vahana program, UAV Systems engineer at Airware. BS Aerospace Engineering, UC Irvine

Robbie Bunge
Co-founder & Flight Controls Consultant

Head of Flight Controls, Flight Software and Sub-scale Vehicles on the Airbus Vahana program. PhD, MS, Aeronautics & Astronautics, Stanford.

Larry Covert
Advisor

20+ years in venture capital and finance, most recently with Crosslink Capital. Larry has raised over $1B, including a $600M aviation fund. MBA, Rollins College

Advisors

(In alphabetical order)

Alan Amling

Alan Amling helped drive innovation over a 27-year career with UPS and is currently a Distinguished Fellow at The University of Tennessee and CEO of advisory firm Thrive and Advance LLC.  He researches, invests, advises, and speaks on innovation in manufacturing and logistics and how firms can recognize and thrive in disruption.  

At Tennessee, Alan teaches strategy and technology courses in the Master of Supply Chain program.  His research focuses on Industry 4.0 technology applications and the eCommerce-driven transformation of the supply chain.  His first book, Organizational Velocity, is scheduled for publication in 2021.

Alan started his UPS career in Long Range Planning with UPS Airlines.  His latest role VP Corporate Strategy, where he helped revitalize UPS innovation and venture capital programs for the digital economy.

Alan holds five patents and earned a Ph.D. in Management from Kennesaw State University, an MBA from Indiana University, and a BA in business and psychology from Lewis & Clark College.

Kirsten Bartok Touw

Kirsten is the Managing Partner of AirFinance, a firm that provides financing for aircraft and aerospace assets.  Prior to founding AirFinance, she was Vice President, Strategy, Structured Finance & Corporate Development at Hawker Beechcraft Corporation. There she helped lead the company’s expansion into Asia, specifically China, as well as JV, strategic sourcing relationships, mergers and acquisitions.

Before Beechcraft, Bartok was a co-founder, board member and CFO of the fleet operator XOJET. Bartok was part of the original core executive team that built XOJET and as CFO, she oversaw financial and strategic initiatives including aircraft purchasing and financing for XOJET’s rapidly growing fleet.

Previously, Bartok was a partner at the private equity firm, Alpine Investors. Prior to Alpine, Bartok was with technology investment team at JPMorgan Partners.  Before that she was an investment banker at Goldman Sachs.

Darold B. Cummings

President, ForzAero. Mr. Cummings has over 50 years of experience in the design, analysis, fabrication, and testing of air vehicles. He retired from Boeing Phantom Works as a Technical Fellow in 2004 and has been a consultant to the Aerospace Industry continuously since that time. Mr. Cummings won the prestigious AIAA Aircraft Design Award in 2015 and was also inducted into the Pioneers of Stealth in 2015.

Mr. Cummings worked on several STOL aircraft projects at Boeing for the Air Force Research Laboratory. After retiring from Boeing, Mr. Cummings worked on a variety of STOL commercial transports for NASA for the "Cruise Efficient Short Take-Off and Land" (CESTOL) program, including the AMELIA concept. 

Mr. Cummings has 37 patents in a variety of fields. Mr. Cummings has three of his aircraft in museums: The Northrop YF-23 Stealth Fighter (Chief Configurator), the Boeing X-40A Space Plane (Chief Designer), and the Rockwell International Ranger 2000 jet trainer (Chief Designer, sole patent holder).

Maurice Gunderson

Maurice currently serves as Managing Director Emeritus at Autotech Ventures, and most recently served on the board of Gentherm (NASDAQ: THRM), an international auto parts supplier headquartered in Michigan. In 1992, Maurice co-founded Nth Power and subsequently raised multiple VC funds according to the same investment model as Autotech, except focused on the energy sector.

Maurice holds an MBA from Stanford, and a BA and MS in mechanical engineering and thermodynamics from Oregon State University. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is an aircraft owner and lifelong aviator.

Maurice previously served as chairman of Clean Air Power (LSE:CAP) and served as board member of Capstone Turbine (NASDAQ:CPST), Pentadyne (Acq. Phillips Service Industries), NuScale Power (Acq. Fluor), NeoPhotonics (NASDAQ:NPTN), and Visyx (Acq. Tyco).

He holds a Private Pilot Certificate with Instrument Rating.

Allan McArtor

Allan served as Chairman of Airbus Americas, Inc. from 2001-2018. He was instrumental in providing strategy and vision for Airbus companies throughout the United States, Canada and Latin America. McArtor increased the company’s commercial aviation market share throughout the region and established the Airbus Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama. 

Before joining Airbus, he was founder, chairman and CEO of Legend Airlines, a regional airline based at Dallas Love Field, Texas.

President Ronald Reagan appointed McArtor to serve as the Administrator of the FAA from 1987 to 1989.

McArtor served on the senior management team of Federal Express from 1979 to 1987 and 1989 to 1994 first as Senior Vice President Telecommunications then as Senior Vice President Air Operations for FedEx’s global airline.  

McArtor was a combat fighter pilot in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969 and a pilot with the U.S.Air Force’s Thunderbirds Aerial Demonstration Team.

McArtor continues to hold a commercial pilot’s license (multi-engine instrument rating).

Peter Shannon

Peter is an investor focused on advanced aerial mobility and its application toward positive impact for transportation across the economy.  In this capacity, he is active in the aviation community around regulatory and technology issues critical to enabling high-scale adoption of aerial mobility systems.  

Peter co-authored a national strategy for Advanced Aerial Mobility as a member of the Committee on Urban Air Mobility Research and Technology through the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. 

Earlier, Peter was at Firelake Capital and Atlas Venture, investing in transportation and sustainability technologies.    

Peter holds an MBA, with High Honors, from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BS in Systems Engineering, with distinction, from the University of Virginia.  

Peter started flying when he was 19 and actively maintains a Private Pilot Certificate with Instrument Rating.

Luka Tomljenovic

Luka is an early stage investor at the intersection of technology and flight, dedicated to helping founders build companies redefining industrial and mobility paradigms.

Prior to his current position at Radius Capital, Luka built a career in finance, corporate development, and venture capital at Airbus Ventures and Delphi Automotive (Aptiv).

He is also a former Croatian Air Force MiG fighter pilot.

Luka is an aeronautical engineering graduate from the United States Air Force Academy, and has earned an MBA degree from the University of Notre Dame.  

He is an active speaker and thought leader on advanced aerial mobility, and serves as a mentor to startups and accelerators.