What we do

Bye Aerospace is applying innovative solar-electric configuration, structural, propulsion and mechanical systems along with aerodynamic advances to design, build and market aerospace products that will offer significant increases in performance to aerospace markets. One such project includes a solar-electric UAV designed to provide a significant enhancement in range and loiter time relative to current UAV designs.



Bye Aerospace currently has five projects. These five projects range from ready-to-purchase to preliminary R&D. We encourage you to learn more about our projects and determine how you can get involved with propelling the future.


Our engineers provide consulting services to the aerospace industry with a full spectrum of engineering services ranging from conceptual development, preliminary design, prototype aircraft to optimizing technical processes, materials qualification and complex structural analysis.

Senior Leadership Team

George E. Bye
CEO & Founder
Mr. Bye is the Founder of Bye Aerospace, Inc. He is the creative innovator behind the company with two decades of experience as an aerospace entrepreneur and executive. In early 2007 he founded Bye Aerospace, with a business plan to balance engineering services and internal research of advanced concepts. Among the designs, which utilize advanced aerodynamics, composite structures and alternative propulsion systems are two new solar-electric hybrid UAV concepts. Previously, Mr. Bye launched and developed Aviation Technology Group, Inc., where he led the team designing the Javelin, a transonic two-seat advanced jet for military and civil utility. Mr. Bye holds the design patent for the Javelin jet, U.S. patent D500,730 S, January 11, 2005. The Javelin first flew in September 2005 with further tests in 2006 and 2007. Prior to the Javelin, Mr. Bye was T-6 JPATS turboprop trainer project manager for Flight Safety Services Corporation. His responsibilities included installation planning of the ground-based training systems. Following his service in the U.S. Air Force he was an instructor pilot subject matter expert in the analog avionics to digital avionics modernization program (AMP) for the Lockheed C-141 Starlifter in the mid-1990's. Mr. Bye holds a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Washington, and an Airline Transport Pilot rating with over 4,000 flying hours. His varied flight experience includes the supersonic Northrop USAF T-38 where Mr. Bye flew as an instructor pilot in the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program at Sheppard AFB and the C-141B strategic cargo transport as a USAF and Aircraft Commander IP, including service in Desert Storm. Learn more about George Bye at www.georgebye.com.
Brad Busse
Vice Chairman
Brad Busse is the Vice Chairman of the board of Bye Aerospace and has been the President of Busse Ventures since March 2014. Previously, he was an investment banker, who specialized in Media, Telecom & Technology, for almost 30 years. Most recently, he was Co-Head of the U.S. Communications, Media & Entertainment ("CME") Group for RBC Capital Markets, where he was responsible for the management and strategic development of the CME Group's business, which included mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt capital formation and financial advisory engagements. Prior to RBC, he was the President of Daniels & Associates, which was an investment bank that specialized in Media, Telecom & Technology prior to be acquired by RBC in January 2007. He began his professional career at Arthur Anderson & Co. in 1980 and, subsequently, became a financial manager for a $1 billion energy concern prior to joining Daniels & Associates.
Chad Asarch
Vice Chairman
Mr. Asarch is a principal of Steele Properties (real estate development) and the Monroe Group (property management), which own and operate approximately 5,000 rental apartment units across the country. Mr. Asarch previously served as Senior Vice President of Apartment Investment and Management Company (AIMCO, NYSE--AIV), and holds a J.D. (magna cum laude and law review) from the University of Michigan.
Frederick "Fritz" Anderson
Mr. Anderson is the retired COO/CFO of Phil Anschutz's Clarity Media Group. Mr. Anderson's key CMG responsibilities included leading all operational management, production, financial, information technology, and personnel processes. He was also responsible for all mergers and acquisitions, legal services and was a key leader of the company's strategic direction. During his tenure at CMG, he cofounded and served as President of one of the world's largest “crowd sourcing” Internet media companies, Examiner.com. Examiner.com grew to over 250,000 reporters/journalists. Prior to joining Clarity Media Group, Mr. Anderson was the EVP/CFO of the California Newspaper Group, a joint venture of Media News, Gannett, and Stephens Group. He was responsible for the consolidation of operational functions, strategic direction, and profitability of the venture. In addition, he was an active member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Anderson joined The Denver Post in 1988 as the VP/Controller. He was then promoted to CFO in 1990 and added Chief Information Officer (CIO) responsibilities in 1992. He was a key member of the leadership team responsible for turning around The Post to a profitable entity in a highly competitive environment. Mr. Anderson began his professional career at one of KPMG's predecessor firms, where he served a variety of industries including banking and manufacturing. He earned his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certificate during that period. After leaving KPMG, he served in executive management for construction, real estate, and retail organizations. He then joined Knight-Ridder, Inc., which at that time was one of the largest print media companies in the world. He served in a variety of financial leadership positions during his six year tenure. Mr. Anderson has served on the boards of several charitable and profitable organizations including serving as the Chairman of the Board for the Denver Big Brothers and Sisters from 1997 to 1998. Mr. Anderson received a bachelor's degree in accounting from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.
Dale Egan
Mr. Egan is a shareholder with the law firm von Briesen & Roper in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and previously Associate General Counsel within Emerson Electric's mergers and acquisitions law group in St. Louis, Missouri. Before that he was Global General Counsel for American Appraisal, a 120-year old 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.
Howard Janzen
Howard Janzen has served as CEO and Chairman for several communications and energy companies. He is currently the Executive Chairman of Cool Planet, a technology driven startup which CNBC ranked as a “Top 25 Disruptor of 2014” along SpaceX and Uber. Mr. Janzen has served as CEO of One Communications, then the country's largest privately held multi-regional supplier of integrated telecommunications solutions to businesses, from March 2007 until its sale to Earthlink on April 1, 2011. From January 2004 to September 2005 he served as President of Sprint Business Solutions, the business unit serving Sprint's global business customer base with almost 10,000 employees and $12 billion in annual revenue. From May 2003 to January 2004, he was President of Sprint's Global Markets Group, responsible for Sprint's $8 billion long distance business for both consumer and business customers. From 1994 until October 2002, Mr. Janzen served as President and Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman from 2001, of Williams Communications Group, where he led the company in completing it's almost $7 billion next generation fiber optics network and completed the largest IPO in the telecom industry at that time with peak market capitalization of $30 billion. Beginning in 1979, Mr. Janzen served in a number of leadership roles in Williams' energy and natural gas pipeline businesses. Mr. Janzen currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of GTT, Sonus Networks, Vocera Communications and Bye Aerospace. He also serves as a board member for the Colorado School of Mines Foundation, HeritX, and the Denver Area Boy Scouts of America. He is a Commissioner and Chairman Emeritus for GIIC, the Global Information Infrastructure Commission. Mr. Janzen earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in metallurgical engineering from The Colorado School of Mines and is a licensed Professional Engineer. He completed the Harvard Business School Program for Management Development. Mr. Janzen was named a Colorado School of Mines Distinguished Achievement Medalist and was inducted into the University of Tulsa, College of Engineering and Natural Sciences Hall of Fame. He is an active instrument rated pilot with almost 7,000 hours of flying time and serves as Chairman of the TBM Owners and Pilots Association board. He and his wife of 40 years have flown their airplane to 28 countries.
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Frank Steeves
Mr. Steeves is portfolio company General Counsel for KKR, a New York based private equity firm and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Washington University Law School in St. Louis, Missouri. He is also an author and frequent lecturer both in the US and internationally on the impact of globalization on business law development. Previously Mr. Steeves was Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary for Emerson Electric Company, where he managed Emerson's legal operations in more than 150 countries. Prior to Emerson, he was Vice Chairman of the Milwaukee Law Firm, von Briesen and Roper. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Metajure Inc. of Seattle, Washington, and many not-for-profit organizations, including the St. Louis Opera Company. In an earlier life, Mr. Steeves led the efforts to construct a 137 foot non-for-profit semester at sea sailed vessel, which is now the official Flagship of the State of Wisconsin. Mr. Steeves has been interested in aviation since he took his first flying lesson more than 35 years ago. He is currently owns and regularly flies a Lake Renegade amphibious aircraft.
Mark Johnson
Mark Johnson is a co-founder and Senior Partner of Innosight, a strategic innovation consulting and investing company with offices in Massachusetts, Singapore and Switzerland, which he co-founded with Harvard Business School professor Clayton M. Christensen. He has been a strategic advisor to both Global 1000 and start-up companies in a wide range of industries—including automotive, health care, aerospace/defense, enterprise IT, energy, and consumer packaged goods. He has advised Singapore's government on innovation and entrepreneurship. Mr. Johnson's most recent work has focused on helping companies envision and create new growth, manage transformation, and achieve renewal through business model innovation, and he is a frequent writer and speaker on these topics. He is the coauthor of the book "Dual Transformation: How to Reposition Today's Business While Creating the Future". He is also the author of the best-selling book, "Seizing the White Space: Business Model Innovation for Growth and Renewal" and coauthor of the McKinsey award-winning Harvard Business Review article, “Reinventing Your Business Model.” In addition, Mr. Johnson has published articles in the Sloan Management Review, BusinessWeek, Advertising Age, and National Defense. Prior to co-founding Innosight, he was a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he advised clients on managing innovation and implementing comprehensive change programs. Before that, he served as a nuclear power-trained surface warfare officer in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Johnson received an MBA from Harvard Business School, a master's degree in civil engineering and engineering mechanics from Columbia
Diane Simard
Director & Senior Vice President
Diane Simard, recently named one of the inaugural “National Top 100 Business Women to Watch” by Bizwomen.com, is Sr. Vice President and on the Board of Directors of Bye Aerospace. Her focus areas are media, government and investor relations, corporate governance and strategy. A passionate advocate for entrepreneurship, Ms. Simard is an angel investor in six other emerging-technology companies, ranging from information technology to medical devices to cybersecurity. She is also the founder of the Center for Oncology Psychology Excellence (COPE) at the University of Denver, a specialty area to train psychology students at the graduate level how to effectively counsel cancer patients, survivors and caregivers. In addition, she mentors eight young business professionals through the Gold Torch Society at her alma-mater, the University of Nebraska-Kearney, Mile High United Way's Generations United program and various private engagements. Previously, she was Director of Community Relations and co-owner of IITC, an information technology services company. During her tenure, she helped the company achieve over 400% revenue growth before it was acquired. Before joining IITC, Ms. Simard was Vice President of Marketing for a financial services company in Dallas, Texas, where she directed a proposal staff that secured almost $100 million in contracts to collect defaulted student loans. Past recognition of her business leadership includes the Bob Cardenas Award, who is the 2017 honoree for the Ray of Hope Cancer Foundation, for her support of veterans and the military, Aurora Chamber woman of the Year and Girl Scouts Woman of Distinction. Ms. Simard graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska-Kearney.
Charlie Johnson
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.
Kerry Beresford
Senior Vice President of Engineering
Mr. Beresford brings over 23 years of hands-on experience in prototype development, ISR systems integration, aircraft modifications, manufacturing, and federal programs management. Prior to becoming VP and President in aerospace manufacturing, he successfully created a new engineering department dedicated to advanced aviation applications and ISR mission support. His department grew by 500% in the first five years to more than 130 U.S. and foreign national employees, operating in five countries and won over $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.
Alexandre Couvelaire
Senior Vice President
Alexandre Couvelaire, is a well-known leader in general aviation, especially in Europe. In 1962, he founded Euralair, a small charter company at Le Bourget that grew into an FBO, MRO, air-charter and scheduled air carrier operating out of De Gaulle. At Euralair, he pioneered two-crew Boeing 737 operations in France and placed the first order for a Boeing 777. He also formed the first fractional ownership cooperate in France. In the mid-1980s Mr. Couvelaire acquired Mooney Aircraft Corporation, leading new innovative, development and propulsion programs.
John Knudsen
General Counsel & Executive Vice President
Mr. Knudsen was Co-founder, President for Government Operations and General Counsel of Adam Aircraft Industries. Before starting Adam Aircraft he was an aviation defense attorney with the law firm of Byrne Kiely & White. Prior to private practice, he spent five years as Trial Counsel with the Federal Aviation Administration in Washington, D.C. Mr. Knudsen has a bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado and a law degree from the University of Puget Sound School of Law. Prior to attending law school, he served as a pilot in the U.S. Navy, flying the A-6 Intruder, A-4 Skyhawk, T-2C Buckeye and T-34. His last Navy assignment was with the Naval Air Reserve as a patrol plane commander in the P-3 Orion.
Hugh "Bugs" Forsythe
Senior Vice President
Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. H.H. "Bugs" Forsythe serves as a Senior Fellow at Joint Forces Staff College. He retired from the Air Force in May 2006, where his last military assignment was a command position with Central Air Force Command. Gen. Forsythe graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy and has served on active duty, in the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve. His military duties included instructor pilot, flight commander, weapons officer, operations officer, squadron commander and operations group commander. Over his military career he had over 4,500 hours in various military aircraft. In his civilian occupation, he flew for United Airlines for over 29 years. He has flown as a corporate pilot, charter pilot and Learjet test pilot, and has more than 16,000 civilian flight hours
Philip Horhager
Director of Engineering
Mr. Horhager is an aerospace engineer, project manager and pilot with over 15 years of experience in the aerospace industry. He has successfully lead engineering and operational teams on numerous OEM new product development programs for composite and traditional aircraft structures, structural test programs, as well as Technology Readiness programs. He also has extensive experience in aircraft certification, testing, manufacturing as well as maintenance of Part 23 and 25 aircraft. Philip Horhager is PMP and SSBB certified, and holds a MS degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Stuttgart and the Politecnical University of Milan, as well as an MBA from the European College des Ingenieurs. He is an active pilot and aircraft owner with a PPL rating.
Matt McLaurin
Program Manager for TriFan 600
Mr. McLaurin is the Program Manager for the TriFan 600 with Bye Aerospace, a joint venture with XTI Aircraft for a hybrid-electric VTOL ducted fan fixed-wing airplane. He is a retired US Navy Captain with experience in program management, systems engineering, contracting and test and evaluation. Mr. McLaurin oversaw programs for F-18 and F-15 at Boeing St. Louis, F-35 at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Japan, national security space systems at Lockheed Martin Space Systems and MQ-4 Triton with Northrop Grumman. As a Naval Flight Officer, he has over 3,000 flight hours in 20 different type/model military aircraft including EP-3, P-3, C-12, and F/A-18. Mr. McLaurin holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy as well as a M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School. Additionally, he holds a M.S. in Engineering Systems Management from St. Mary's University.

Strategic Advisory Council

Joseph H. Armstrong, PhD
Chief Technical Officer, Ascent Solar Technologies
Dr. Armstrong has been on the forefront in the development of lightweight, flexible photovoltaics for terrestrial, aeronautics, near-space, and space applications. He is a founding member of the Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. team. His role in AST is to initiate the development of new technologies, particularly with respect to next-generation products such as high efficiency thin film PV devices. Prior to the formation of AST, Dr. Armstrong served as the Manager for the Advanced Photo-voltaics Division of ITN Energy Systems, Inc. that was dedicated to the advancement of thin-film flexible photo-voltaics and served as the core technology to form AST. Prior to ITN, Dr. Armstrong worked for Martin Marietta Defense Space and Communications where he spearheaded the effort to expand photovoltaic efforts and was responsible for the development of a viable polycrystalline thin-film photo-voltaics effort. Dr. Armstrong served as a member of the Advisory Board for the State of Colorado Center for Revolutionary Solar Photo-conversion. He previously served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Colorado Advanced Materials Institute.
Amir Blachman
Executive Vice President, Phase Four and 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.
Pete Bunce
President and CEO, General Aviation Manufactures Association
Mr. Bunce is the President and CEO of the General Aviation Manufactures Association which is headquartered in Washington, D.C. with additional offices in Brussels, Belgium. He travels worldwide engaging regulators, policy makers and elected officials to promote general aviation and advance the interests of GAMA's international membership of 80 airframe, avionics, engine and component manufacturers, as well as the world's leading business aviation maintenance, repair and overall companies. Pete retired from the United States Air Force in March 2005, with his last assignment as the Director of the Air Force Congressional Budget and Appropriations Liaison. During his 26 year Air Force career, Mr. Bunce flew F-15s and A-10s, while commanding several large operational fighter units.
Gretchen Jahn
Former CEO, Mooney Aircraft Company and COO, Remos Aircraft
Ms. Jahn has over 30 years of experience in manufacturing, IT and aviation leadership. Ms. Jahn received a BA from Lawrence University and an MA from University of Colorado. She also holds a commercial pilot license with instrument and seaplane ratings.
Robert Slezak
Private Investor
Mr. Slezak is a private investor who served as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer of TD Ameritrade, Inc. from January 1989 to November 1999 and as a Director from October 1996 to September 2002. Bob serves as a board member and investor with the Nebraska Angels, Inc., a non-profit corporation organized to assist early-stage and emerging growth companies with ties to the state of Nebraska. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors of United Western Bancorp, Inc., Bridges Investment Fund, Inc. and Xanadoo Company, a provider of wireless communication services. Bob has over twenty years of experience as a financial officer of a publicly traded company and as a board member of publicly traded companies.
Mark Van Tine
Aerospace Veteran & Expert
Mr. Van Tine began his career 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 to oversee Jeppesen's worldwide flight information development, printing and distribution operations, and IT organizations. He has since spent his career working in a variety of different organizations within Jeppesen, including flight operations, customer service, navigation, and information technology. Mr. Van Tine was the company's Chief Information Officer from 1998 to 2002. He was appointed to his present position in January of 2003. As Jeppesen is a subsidiary of the Boeing Company, he also currently is Vice President, Commercial Aviation Services for Boeing. Mr. Van Tine holds a Private Pilot certificate and is an active general aviation pilot.
Mason Whitney
Major General USAF
Mason Whitney is formerly Director of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security for Colorado and served on Governor Ritter's cabinet. He served as the Adjutant General of Colorado from 2000 to 2007, and retired from the Colorado National Guard in 2007 with nearly 39 years of commissioned service in the U.S. Air Force and Colorado National Guard. Over his military career he had over 6,000 military flight hours, 343 combat missions and 758 combat hours. Besides the O-2A and A-7, he has flown the T-37, T-39 and F-16 aircraft.
Ephriam Zuckerman
Former General Manager of Israel Aerospace Industry's Malat UAV Division
Mr. Zuckerman led the growth of the UAV business size from $60M to $350M is less than 7 years, Mr. Zuckerman won the prestigious Israel Industrial Achievement Award from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the development of the IAI Medium Long Endurance UAV. He holds a M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering and a B.S. in Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering and graduated summa Cum Laude from the Technician Technological Institute, Haifa, Israel.