Airspace Link | September 28, 2021
Airspace Link Inc., a leading North American provider of safer, scalable drone solutions, is partnering with MissionGO, a leader in unmanned aircraft systems production & operations, to launch data-driven processes for informing safe flight planning decisions of time-critical organ deliveries and time-sensitive medical cargo. The team's goal is to perform operations that use data-driven models to ensure safety, ultimately enabling safe package delivery solutions for the commercial unmanned aircraft industry.
This teaming announcement comes on the heels of a mobility and electrification investment from Michigan's Economic Development Corporation. Michigan's Governor, Gretchen Whitmer, was joined by state, local, and university officials at Kettering University's GM Mobility Research Center in Flint to announce the first round of Michigan Mobility Funding Platform grants. Airspace Link was one of five grant award recipients. MissionGO is a key partner collaborating with Airspace Link to enable innovative, sustainable transportation solutions in Southeast Michigan, as well as other areas throughout the country. This is just one of many projects that the pair has plans to collaborate on.
MissionGO's team of experts have led the way for advancing the use of unmanned aircraft for human organ transport, including the first pancreas flown, the longest distance flown for a human organ, and the first delivery of a human organ for transplant using an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) back in April of 2019. MissionGO continues to conduct organ and blood deliveries and is now in the process of certifying their MG Velos 100 UAS aircraft, an all-electric UAS rotorcraft capable of carrying up to 20 lb. payload and a flight endurance of up to 90 minutes.
Airspace Link's AirHub™ platform connects with key stakeholders that need to participate in the implementation of these valuable services so that there is community engagement from local authorities and end-user health care systems. We work to manage, inform, and obtain authorizations, if required, from the regulatory agencies as well as communicate with drone operators and the community through our digital connections via one shared platform. We are excited about partnering with MissionGO to integrate our application services and data to inform the safe planning and execution of these life-saving medical delivery missions.
- Lisa Peterson, VP of Business Development for Airspace Link.
Unmanned Aircraft offer an improved form of transportation that is more efficient, safer, and highly sustainable with advancements in electrification over time versus other forms of manned aviation and ground transportation. We are looking forward to working with Airspace Link to increase the volume of delivery options for organs, tissues, related vessels, and diagnostic blood samples, which in turn, will help to save lives.
- Frank Paskiewicz, Executive VP for Cargo Operations at MissionGO.
Airspace Link's AirHub™ solution will also assist with operations that requires a Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability approval from the FAA. The AirHub™ solution offers approval for further justification digitally with the FAA, and as of August 11th, also with night operations. Airspace Link and MissionGO are paving the way to modernize air mobility solutions, ultimately accelerating patient treatment and patient care with technology for life-saving missions.
About Airspace Link, Inc:
Airspace Link's vision is to create a world where the safe integration of drones fuels human progress, advancing social equity, the environment, and the economy. Founded in Detroit in 2018 by CEO Michael Healander, Airspace Link is one of the few FAA Approved UAS Service Suppliers of the Low Altitude Authorization & Notification Capability (LAANC). Airspace Link's cloud-based platform, AirHub™, provides the digital infrastructure required to support the safe use of recreational and commercial drone use in communities at scale, supporting the growth of drone operations, drone service providers, drone manufacturers, package delivery, and air taxi deployment in the future.
About MissionGO, Inc:
MissionGO is setting a new standard for next-generation transportation logistics. By leveraging unmanned aircraft systems, MissionGO delivers improved reliability, reduced costs, and increased transparency to benefit multiple sectors, including healthcare and critical infrastructure. The company is led by CEO and Co-Founder Scott Plank.
United Airlines | August 27, 2020
United Airlines is preparing for the biggest pilot furloughs of its history after announcing on Thursday the need to cut 2,850 pilot jobs this year, or about 21% of the total, without further U.S. government aid. Airlines, reeling from the devastating impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic on air travel, have asked the U.S. government for another $25 billion to cover employee payroll through March.
The first tranche, which banned any job cuts until Oct. 1, expires at the end of September, but talks in Washington have stalled as Congress has struggled to reach agreement on a broader coronavirus assistance package.
Archer | November 24, 2021
Archer Aviation Inc., a leading developer of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, has constructed a best-in-class Flight Control and Software team as the company ramps up to its first flight later this year recently appointing Sergio Ferreira to lead the company’s fly-by-wire flight control system development. Ferreira brings two decades of experience developing, integrating, validating, verifying and certifying fly-by-wire flight control systems. He joins Archer after nearly 10 years with Gulfstream Aerospace, where he most recently was the Flight Control Systems Lead for Advanced Aircraft Systems. Previously he was Gulfstream's Flight Control Systems lead for the Gulfstream G400, G500 and G600 fly-by-wire flight control systems, where he was responsible for the development, integration, validation and certification of the flight control computers for that aircraft family. Ferreira’s decades of aviation experience will strengthen the Flight Control and Software team as Archer moves closer to first flight.
“This is an exciting time for Archer and the broader aviation industry. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work on the flight control system that will undergird the entire aircraft and usher in the future of air travel, Fly-by-wire systems leverage computational power and electronics to simplify operation and reduce pilot workload. At the same time, they provide protection functions, allowing us to design an aircraft as safe as it is innovative. Through Archer, I’m looking forward to pushing the industry forward as we look towards the transportation of tomorrow.”
- Sergio Ferreira.
Damien Bardon, one of Archer’s earliest employees, is assuming the role of Director of Vehicle Management Systems. In this position, Bardon will lead the Flight Control and Software team in the development of the essential aircraft components that enable control of the aircraft.
Prior to his time with Archer, Bardon spent several years at ACubed, Airbus’ Silicon Valley innovation center, leading the avionics development for the Vahana eVTOL demonstrator. He led the development of the Vahana avionics systems from an early concept up to the completion of a successful flight test campaign. He has significant experience working with avionics components around navigation, communication, flight controls, embedded flight software and other complex aircraft systems that make fly-by-wire flight controls possible.
Rounding out the Flight Control and Software team is Perrine Mathieu, Flight Controls and Avionics Program Lead. She will work alongside Bardon, Ferreira and the broader team and will be accountable for the development and implementation of the fly-by-wire flight control system of Archer’s production aircraft. She brings experience with aviation flight control and vehicle management systems, most recently with Bell, where she was responsible for vehicle management systems. At Bell, Mathieu led the development and implementation of software development, flight controls, avionics, electrical systems and handling qualities across several platforms.
Prior to her time at Bell, Mathieu worked as a design engineer for Triumph Aerostructures, in the Vought Aircraft Division. Her broad range of experience in the aviation industry further strengthens the Flight Control and Software team as Archer continues to work towards achieving its flying goals.
“It is an incredible opportunity to work with this team at Archer that is so full of talent and experience, I am excited to contribute to the development of the aircraft and the industry as a whole,”
- Perrine Mathieu.
“In the last year, Archer has hired some of the best and brightest from the aviation community to transform how we move around cities, It’s thanks to this team that we’ve accomplished so much in such a short time and sit at the precipice of achieving our next milestone, first flight.”
- Brett Adcock, Archer co-founder and co-CEO.
Archer’s mission is to advance the benefits of sustainable air mobility. Archer’s goal is to move people throughout the world's cities in a quick, safe, sustainable, and cost-effective manner. Archer is designing and developing electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft for use in urban air mobility. Archer's team is based in Palo Alto, CA.