Company

Smartplane is an aerospace company that intends to create an aircraft that isn't just fun to fly, but one that will make personal flight a viable mode of transportation. We brought together a passionate team of engineers and designers from the technology and aerospace industries who are now hard at work on our ambitious goal.

In addition to featuring advanced aircraft design, the most important aspects of the aircraft will be our Smartpilot avionics, Smartflight flight planning system, and Smartstar 24/7 onboard support that will completely remove many of the complexities of flying, making our aircraft “as easy to fly as a car is to drive.”

Smartplane is open to investment, partnership and/or early product purchase inquiries.

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Team

Stéphane Fymat

Founder & CEO, Smartplane Inc.

"I founded this company to create a personal aircraft that is radically simple to fly and thereby make personal flight accessible and appealing to the general population. I see avionics and unmanned aircraft technologies as the fulcrum that makes this goal possible."

Stéphane has 25 years of experience in the aerospace and computer industries. He began his career as an engineer for Aerojet-Electrosystems, now a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corporation. At Wang Laboratories, he was part of the founding team of its document imaging software business unit which grew from $0 to $50M in 3 years, when it was carved out and sold to Kodak for $260M. He then joined cyber-security company Passlogix as Vice President. As part of the executive team, he lead the company from start up to mature market leader with #1 market share and 20M licenses sold to the largest companies worldwide. Passlogix was acquired by Oracle. He has an MBA from Columbia University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science from UCLA. He is a private pilot, and sits on the ASTM F44 committee for FAA Part 23 Certification. He has two patents issued and one pending in avionics.

Steve Boylan

Lead Engineer

Steve has 35 years experience as a software developer with such companies as Wang Laboratories, Lotus Development, IBM and Bloomberg LP.  He has broad experience in hardware-software systems, enterprise systems and internet application development.  He is a private pilot.  Steve has a M.S. in Software Engineering from the Wang Institute of Graduate Studies, and a B.S. in Computer Science from State University of New York at Binghamton.  He has been awarded two patents in the area of graphical user interfaces and published in the journal Foundation for Human-Computer Communication.  Steve created the system architecture and is focused on developing the user interface and underlying core logic of the Smartpilot avionics.

Weilong Zhang

Engineer

Weilong has an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University, School of Engineering and Applied Science. His academic focus was on robotics, control theory, mechatronics and embedded microcomputer control, advanced machine dynamics and digital control systems. He has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Automation from Zhejiang University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Hangzhou, China. Weilong is focused on integrating avionics hardware into our avionics system.

Javier Burgues

Engineer

Javier has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Universidad Autonoma de Madrid and is completing his M.S. in Computer Science at the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC), where he is a Fulbright Scholar. His academic focus is on robotics, artificial intelligence and real-time systems. He has worked at ATVS Research Group, Indra, GMV Aerospace and Defense and Computer Vision Group on projects for unmanned aircraft and embedded real-time systems complying with DO-178B. Javier is working on developing our route planning technology.

Siddartha Posam

Engineer

Siddartha has a B.S. in Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University and is completing his Masters in Science in Computer Engineering at the University of Memphis, TN. His academic focus is on machine learning systems and pattern recognition algorithms. He has worked as a graduate assistant at the University of Memphis and programmer at the Institute for Intelligent Systems. Siddartha is working on our general infrastructure and automated pilot advisories.

Charan Panchavati

Engineer

Charan has a B.S. in Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University and is completing his Masters in Computer Science at the University of Texas at Dallas. He previously was an engineering intern at Freescale Inc. Charan is developing the integration between our Smartpilot avionics and the X-Plane flight simulation system so that we can perform virtual flight tests and pilot-vehicle interface evaluations.

Michael Caputo

Engineer

Michael is currently working on his Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Aerospace May 2015. He is a highly self motivated individual, recipient of New American University Scholarship and project leader for the miniature solar car project, where he supervised the car design and managed the design team, designed the drivetrain and created the technical report that received an overall grade of 'A' and was awarded first place in the sprint performance segment. Michael is focused on specifying the pilot - autopilot interaction mechanism and configuring our flight simulation system.

Matt Schmidt

Meteorologist

Matthew has an M.S. in Atmospheric Science from Texas Tech University, and a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from Pennsylvania State University. He has worked as a meteorologist at Penn State, ZedX and KJTV-TV. Matthew is focused on developing our meteorological knowledgebase in support of our auto-routing algorithm.

Advisors

Michael Meirer

Michael has over 23 years of founder, CEO and/or Chairman of the Board experience in technology companies, including nCube Corporation, a high performance computing company owned by Oracle founder Larry Ellison; Zadu, where he raised $12M in financing and sold the company for $65M three years later; Tempus Clinic, a premium health care system; AirVoyage Consulting, a consultancy to technology startups; and Remos Aircraft, which he made one of the leading light sport aircraft companies in the industry. Michael has a B.S. in Physics and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Innsbruck, Austria.

Ron Evenson

Ron has extensive experience with pilot-vehicle interfaces, advanced cockpit design and FAA Part 23 aircraft certification.  He is CEO of Kinetic Ops, Inc., an advanced weapons systems design company and previously worked at Northrop Grumman.  Ron had a distinguished 26-year career in the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard.  He was program manager or test director for 5 aircraft programs, including Test Program Manager for the F-117 stealth fighter and Test Director for the MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft.  He has flight test experience in the F-14, F-15, F-16, F-18, F-117, A-7 and AT-38 fighters and the MQ-1 and MQ-9 unmanned aircraft.  He has 4000+ flight hours and has completed 200 missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Ron has a B.S. in Aeronautical Studies from University of North Dakota and a M.S. in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Dr. Elizabeth Austin

Elizabeth Austin is an active member of the American Meteorological Society and member of the Certified Consulting Meteorologists board of directors. She is the recipient of a Fulbright senior specialist award at the Laboratoire de Physique de L'atmosphère, CNRS, Universitè de la Rèunion, Rèunion Island, France and the distinguished teaching award at the four year Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village Nevada. Her areas of specialty include mountain weather, mesoscale atmospheric modeling, cloud and ice physics, and stratospheric mountain waves. She is well-versed in aviation meteorology, advising on advanced aerospace projects. She is founder and president of WeatherExtreme Ltd. Dr. Austin advises the company on weather-related issues related to automatic flight planning.

Vision

Smartplane
building the aircraft of the future, today

Smartplane will be a modern light sport aircraft with clean lines for two people, ample room for luggage and a super strong airframe made of advanced composite materials. The aircraft interior will be ergonomically and aesthetically designed for user-simplicity, comfort and serenity and its engine will be highly fuel efficient (35+ mpg) with a range of 1,000 miles non-stop at up to 140 miles per hour.

The uniqueness of our aircraft is embedded in our proprietary Smartpilot avionics that allows the aircraft to intelligently collaborate with the pilot. This advanced technology is complemented by our Smartflight web-based flight planning application and Smartstar, our private flight assistance center.

Features:

Smartplane will be available as an outright purchase or via a fractional ownership program. In both cases, training to obtain a private pilot's license will be included in the price.

Smartpilot

Borrowing the layout of an automobile dashboard, Smartpilot's instrument layout is instantly familiar. Gauges are laid out much like those of a car. The display is uncluttered, with only relevant information displayed to the pilot. Everything is displayed in plain English. The navigation display window, also known as a synthetic vision system, shows terrain, weather, controlled airspace and surrounding traffic in one simple view.

Radios, transponder and all other aircraft functions are accessed through easy to navigate touch screen menus.

Smartplane has the world's first intelligent autopilot in a personal aircraft that knows the pilot's intentions just by the way the pilot is controlling the airplane and automatically activates as necessary to execute those intentions. Whether the pilot intends to keep Smartplane in level cruise flight, turn left or right, climb or descend, takeoff or land, the autopilot works with the pilot to execute flawlessly.

Smartplane has the world's first automatic weather-aware route planner. The pilot need only provide a street address destination. Smartplane automatically figures out the best airport to fly into given current weather and pilot skill level. It analyzes current and forecast weather, terrain and other factors, searches thousands of possible routes taking into account pilot skill level and flight preferences, and finds the best departure time and smoothest, most direct route to the destination. It automatically computes fuel stops as required. It automatically figures out a return route to make sure that if the pilot takes off, the pilot can get back. It does all of this in seconds. After takeoff, Smartplane automatically adjusts the route to account for changes in weather along the way. The pilot can fly the route manually or let go of the controls and let Smartplane's autopilot take over.

Depending on the route, the pilot may have to communicate with air traffic control. Smartplane makes it easy, it automatically tunes the right radio frequency at the right time. If it doesn't detect the appropriate radio communications prior to entering controlled airspace, Smartplane prompts the pilot to establish contact with air traffic control, doing its part to keep the pilot in compliance with FAA regulations.

Smartflight

Smartflight is a Google Maps application that automates flight planning before the flight. Much in the way that a user can obtain driving directions using Google Maps, the pilot simply enters the destination address and desired date of travel and Smartflight calculates the best possible route, including the best time of departure (optionally +/- 3 days) and best destination airport, based on weather forecasts, time to destination (including estimated driving time to and from airports) and airspace limitations.

Once a flight is planned, Smartflight continues to monitor weather conditions up to the time of the flight. It automatically adjusts the planned route to account for forecast weather changes and recommends alternative travel times and dates if necessary. It provides the pilot plenty of advanced notice of any trip changes.

Smartstar

Smartplane is equipped with onboard satellite communications to provide access to the company's Smartstar flight assistance center and concierge services on the ground. The center is staffed with professional pilots ready to assist pilots every step of the way, whether for flight advice or to arrange a rental car at the destination. It also provides pilots the ability to always be accessible to friends and business colleagues while in flight, something even airlines cannot offer.

Contact

For all inquiries, please contact:

Stéphane Fymat

Founder & CEO, Smartplane Inc.
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