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.
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.
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.
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 & Senior 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
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.
Brad Busse
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.
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
Craig Fuller
Craig Fuller served on the board of AEAC, the board of Redbird Flight Simulations, the board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and formerly served on the Management Advisory Council for the FAA. He was formerly the President and CEO of AOPA from January 2009 until September 2013. He was only the fourth person to hold this position since AOPA was founded in 1939. He brought to that position a career that includes senior public affairs positions in business, association leadership, and executive positions in the federal government, including eight years of service in the White House from 1981 to 1989. As AOPA president, Craig Fuller led the largest and most influential aviation organization in the world. AOPA membership has grown to more than 400,000, a number that represents more than two thirds of all certificated pilots in the United States. With a staff of more than 200 professionals and operations in two states and the District of Columbia, AOPA provides a wide variety of services to its members worldwide. No stranger to politics and Capitol Hill, Fuller moves through the halls of Congress and the administration in Washington as often as he visits airports and pilots around the country. He was the chairman of AOPA’s Political Action Committee, an important role to ensure that elected officials who defend general aviation receive support from the pilot community. Additionally, he testifies and engages in other forums at the national and state level to represent the interests of general aviation. In addition to the role of communicating to and on behalf of the membership, Fuller spends time reaching out to broader audiences who benefit from but do not fully understand the role general aviation plays in the lives of millions of Americans. Whether recruiting new pilots or just helping business leaders and others understand how general aviation works for them, Fuller is a vocal ambassador for the advantages of general aviation. While most of the role of AOPA President involves work inside the United States, Fuller was also elected and served as president of the International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations, representing 66 national AOPA organizations with more than 470,000 pilot members around the world. His responsibilities at AOPA include serving as the publisher of AOPA Pilot, the world’s largest and most influential aviation publication. For all of this, Craig Fuller draws on his Washington, D.C., experience as assistant to President Reagan for Cabinet Affairs (1981 -1985) and chief of staff to Vice President Bush (1985 - 1989). His business positions have included service as president or vice chairman of leading public affairs firms. His association experience includes service on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Executive Committee and leading a health care association as president and CEO for more than six years. Fuller is a frequent speaker on aviation, advocacy, and leadership topics throughout the United States.
Paul McAuliffe
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. McAuliffe has been active in finance and capital markets for 35 years. He was a Principal at Morgan Stanley, Managing Director at CS First Boston and Managing Director at Smith Barney before becoming Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Apartment Investment and Management Company (AIV) in 1999. While in investment banking, Mr. McAuliffe worked on a wide variety and volume of corporate, property and securities transactions including the IPO of AIV in 1994. As AIV CFO, Mr. McAuliffe was responsible for much of the day-to-day operations of Apartment Investment with his greatest focus on financial activities. Finance and planning, capital markets, accounting and financial reporting as well as investor/lender relations were his areas of responsibility. Mr. McAuliffe earned his B.A. in History from Columbia University and his M.B.A. in Finance from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.
Tom Bowen
Chief Engineer
Tom Bowen is a 35-year aviation professional with experience at all levels of the General Aviation industry; from the shop floor, the cockpit, and the contracts negotiating table to the Executive Suite. Tom is comfortable with all aspects of product development, production operations, engineering, testing, product integrity processes, FAA certification, organization of trade shows and aircraft sales, as well as giving public presentations and press conferences. Tom will take the Sun Flyer project to the next level and through FAR-23 certification .Tom and his wife have been married for over 35 years and they have four daughters, two son-in-law’s and a black lab named Coal.
Tom Calgaard
Vice President of Strategy and Business Development
Mr. Calgaard has a diverse background in engineering, strategy, program management, business development, commercialization, and venture capital. Leading the strategy and business development for Bye Aerospace, Mr. Calgaard is responsible for growing the company. Before joining Bye Aerospace, Mr. Calgaard spent 12 years at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, where he held various leadership positions in engineering, strategy, and business development. Mr. Calgaard holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Iowa State University, a M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California, and an MBA with a focus in Finance and Venture Capital from the University of Colorado Denver.
Christina Herren
Vice President of Business Operations
Ms. Herren is our Vice President of Business Operations and brings with her over 20 years of human resources and finance experience. Most recently she was the Director of Administration for a childcare software startup, where she was a key contributor to establishing and streamlining processes and procedures. Known as a ‘fixer’, Ms. Herren is skilled in identifying inefficiencies and taking corrective action that results in recognized profit and heightened morale. She is responsible for human resources, purchasing, finance, facilities, safety and administration at Bye Aerospace. She also has extensive experience in the commercial aviation industry, and is quite comfortable with the general aviation and experimental aircraft world.

Our Team

Matt McLaurin
Program Manager
Mr. Matt McLaurin is Program Manager at Bye Aerospace managing various electric and hybrid aircraft programs. 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. He is a graduate of the US Naval Test Pilot School and as a Naval Flight Officer 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.
Jim Forrester
Director of Design and Engineering
Mr. Forrester has an Aeronautical and Aerospace BS degree from Ohio State University and has 32 years of aerospace industry experience as a Design Engineer, Design Leader and as a Design/CAD process improvement Subject Matter Expert. His early aerospace experiences were with airframe manufacturing and assembly processes and resolving design challenges arising in those areas. At GE Aviation he designed and led teams in the design of highly technically challenging complex turbomachinery components and sub-systems. Developing these designs from Concept, through Detail, prototype manufacturing, assembly, test and certification, earning 20 patents along the way. Later, he led a global team that developed a top-down Design/CAD template turbofan that improved design productivity, NPI cycle time and product quality. At Siemens PLM he leveraged these experiences and led a consulting team that guided customers to improve their Design/CAD processes using top-down Design/CAD template methodologies. He also served as Siemens PLM Design SME, providing input on product capability and behavior enhancements, with a specialization in the aerospace industry. At Bye Aerospace, Mr. Forrester is leveraging his career trajectory experience to develop the Design Engineering team, critical processes and PLM enablement to facilitate the development of Bye’s prime product projects and engineering services.
Darryl Robinson-Young
Engineering CAD Manager
Darryl Robinson-Young is the Engineering CAD Manager at Bye Aerospace. During his 35 years of experience in Mechanical Design, Darryl has worked on DOD Satellite Systems and several transportation industry projects such as; Traffic Control Systems, Tractors, Luxury Railroad Cars, Luxury Boeing Business Jets, and an advanced jet project with George Bye called “The Javelin”. Darryl’s work-life balance is very important to him. He thoroughly enjoys sports, mountain life, spends many weekends and vacations exploring the great outdoors river fishing and RV camping with his wife.
Philip Horhager
Program Manager & Head of PMO
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.
Milan Patel
Senior Electrical Engineer
Mr. Patel is our Senior Electrical Engineer with 10 years of electrical engineering experience. He spent 5 years at Eaton Corporation, where he specialized in aerospace motion control systems. Mr. Patel has worked on the Airbus A380, Boeing 787, and several commercial, business and military aircrafts. He has been involved in new product development and introduction of low-medium power switching technologies for motor drivers and actuators. Mr. Patel holds a Bachelors of Engineering in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from London South Bank University. He recently emigrated to the United States from London. He thoroughly enjoys watching sports, especially the English Premier League.
Mike Carluccio
Mechanical Systems Lead
Mike Carluccio is the Lead Mechanical and Systems Engineer at Bye Aerospace. He has extensive experience in aviation, alternative energy and the automotive field. The majority of Mike’s career was at Boeing where he focused on the 737 flight controls and flight deck commodities. During his time at Boeing he led a strategic, multi-disciplined team through assembly redesign and component replacement of an electro mechanical pilot interface governing flight controls and propulsions commodities. He conceptualized, designed and managed multiple design projects that were incorporated in the 737 production system. Part of Mike’s unique background is his ability to seamlessly work in start-ups and fortune 500 companies. As a design lead at Steelhead composites he performed design, component analysis and fabrication direction that culminated in building a 24ft Savonius Vertical Wind Turbine (VAWT) prototype. Outside of work you will find him in a Crossfit gym or on a soccer field. On a nice day he will be riding his motorcycle in the mountains of Evergreen. His creative outlets include playing piano, sketching and working on new ideas.
David Henderson
Electrical Vehicle Systems Engineer
David Henderson has a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and 14 years of electric vehicle and battery design experience. As an expert in electric vehicle architecture, thermal design and high voltage DC battery systems he has ample experience with design of electric propulsion systems for both hybrid and pure electric vehicles. Mr. Henderson enjoys skiing, snowboarding, and exploring with his family in Colorado.
Parijaat Malik
Mechanical Systems Engineer
Parijaat Malik is a recent graduate with an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from University of Colorado, Boulder and also holds a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering. He has experience in Systems Engineering, Design and Drafting through projects he has been a part of at the graduate level. He is currently a part of the Design and Systems Engineering effort at Bye Aerospace.
Burke Lowrey
Electrical Engineer
As Electrical Engineer, Burke Lowrey brings 25 years’ experience in various technologies. Experience includes Oil and Gas Automation and SCADA Systems, laboratory Equipment, GPS Tracking, MEMS, Gyro and magnetic sensors and a variety of wireless technologies. Burke has his MS from Colorado School of Mines in Engineering and Technology Management. BS from University of Colorado, Boulder in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Prior to college enlisted in the NAVY Nuclear Power Program as a Machinist Mate and proudly served and awarded medals for Desert Shield, Freedom Kuwait and Desert Storm. Burke also holds a Patent for Oil and Gas application for 3D magnetometer use in plunger detection.
Sean Kelly
CAD Designer
Sean Kelly is a recent graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Central Florida. As an undergraduate, he served as lead designer for projects ranging from sustainable photovoltaic UAV’s to NASA sponsored hybrid-rocket competitions. He is currently a CAD Designer with a focus on mechanical systems design at Bye Aerospace. In his free time, he is a musician, builds and flies high-powered rockets, hikes, and camps in the Rocky Mountains.
Samuel Pecharka
Mechanical Systems Engineer
As a Mechanical Systems Engineer, Sam Pecharka brings 6 years of experience in mechanical systems design and production. Sam holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University. His previous experience includes fluid and thermal management systems design, lean manufacturing, and production in the marine engineering industry aboard nuclear submarines. Sam specializes in the design of environmental control systems and is currently a part of the Design and Systems Engineering effort at Bye Aerospace.
Michael Gray
Mechanical Designer
Michael has been in the engineering field for the past 7 years since obtaining his BS in Mechanical Engineering from MSOE. He has worked on many aerospace design projects for Boeing (commercial and military jets), NASA (Space Launch Systems), Lockheed (F-22 Raptor) and Bell Helicopter (525 Relentless program). He has just recently completed his Private Pilot’s License (VFR) flying a Cessna 172. Being originally from Seattle, WA, he really enjoys the mountains. In his spare time he enjoys flying over the Rocky Mountains, exploring new outdoor adventures, traveling, fishing, camping, and spending time with family and friends.
Jon McClellan
Flight Line Manager
As the Flight Line Manager, Jon McClellan brings 25 years of diverse aircraft maintenance and operations experience ranging from military, commercial, Part 145, UAV, to over a decade spent on various experimental aircraft. Jon is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force serving as a Dedicated Crew Chief on the West Coast A-10 Demo Team. He has held Quality Assurance and leadership roles while working for commercial airlines, Army, and Air Force units in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Experimental projects include the ATG Javelin, Adam Aircraft A700, Bye Energy Electric Cessna, Silent Falcon UAS and the assortment of current Bye Aerospace platforms. Jon studied aviation science at Eastern New Mexico University, and possesses an FAA Airframe and Powerplant license with an Inspection Authorization endorsement.
Tina Affield
Supply Chain Manager
Tina Affield is the Supply Chain Manager for Bye Aerospace. A skilled supply chain professional with nearly 3 decades of experience in the manufacturing industry, Tina’s specialties include inventory management, negotiation, contract review, supplier performance, lean manufacturing and ISO. In this role, Tina is responsible for high-quality, efficient and repeatable delivery of goods and services
MaryAnn Crawford
Executive Assistant to CEO
MaryAnn Crawford is the Executive Assistant to the CEO at Bye Aerospace. She brings over nine years of administrative experience to support Mr. George Bye and uses her strong organizational, project coordination, computer, and research skills to increase efficiency. She is responsible for arranging travel, logistics for speeches, and managing the schedule for Mr. Bye. Having a passion for community involvement, she serves on the Young Professionals Board for the Aurora Chamber of Commerce and is an advocate for Clothes to Kids of Denver by serving on the Community Action Council and on a fundraiser committee. Always an enthusiast of learning, she is applying that passion to gaining knowledge of the aerospace industry.
Alexis Lincoln
Office Coordinator & Social Media Manager
Alexis Lincoln is the Office Coordinator and has several years of customer service experience. Her background includes sales and marketing. Her voice is the one you will hear when you call our office. Some responsibilities she has are managing the website and all the social media accounts including Facebook, Linked In, and our new Instagram. Alexis is the ‘go-to person’ if there are any general office needs or questions.

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.