AeroMobil announces its new Chief Technical Officer (CTO) Douglas MacAndrew

With his extensive and rich history in the automotive industry, Douglas MacAndrew brings  a powerhouse of capabilities to the AeroMobil team. This unique blend makes him a perfect candidate in adding value and insight into the management and continued development of the business. As the newly appointed CTO, Doug will work closely with Juraj Vaculik and Stefan Klein, co-founders of the AeroMobil.

AeroMobil continues the expansion of its management team with the appointment of its new Chief Technical Officer, Douglas MacAndrew further evidencing the focus on the business in accelerating the development and validation of its ground breaking product plans. Doug´s appointment is effective from July 1st 2015.

CEO Juraj Vaculík spoke of Doug’s addition by saying, “We are happy to welcome Doug to our team, and believe that with his help, AeroMobil will continue to mature towards its goal of becoming a world class vehicle business in this exciting new sector.”

With over 20 years of impressive experience in the automotive industry, Doug has seen his career develop from Land Rover to McLaren, and finally Smith Technologies Ltd. His early beginnings saw extensive work on several world class Land Rover products as well as contributing to the introduction of the BMW Mini in 1997 before moving to McLaren to take up a challenging and exciting role within their Automotive division in 1999. It was at McLaren that he led the vehicle safety and interior team that successfully introduced the Mercedes SLR McLaren and subsequent variants to the world market. Continuing on from this he helped formulate and develop the business and played a significant part in the definition and design of the McLaren MP4-12 family of vehicles.

MacAndrew joined Smith in 2007 as a Technical Director and oversaw the advancement of their electric vehicle portfolio across the European and US markets, and in 2010 assumed the role of Vice President of Engineering and Development for the group. Under his leadership, Doug oversaw technology innovation and new production introduction, including support for preexisting vehicle platforms in production. Under his leadership, Smith saw significant growth in its electric vehicle operations across US, European, Russian and Far Eastern markets.

Doug’s responsibilities across these diverse automotive businesses have encompassed a wide range of technical, operational and business responsibilities. In these unique roles, Doug has managed and coordinated numerous teams to streamline the engineering, design, financial and operational goals set before him. Within the business realm, he has engaged countless companies in regard to quoting and the supply process. In addition, Doug has been heavily involved in the investment community, gaining experience in both the AIM and NASDAQ markets as well as being part of the team that prepared the S1 application via the US SEC for Smith Corp.

Doug is a chartered mechanical engineer from the UK Engineering Council and was appointed to the position of Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers in 2007. He holds several global patents for innovation in the areas of vehicle safety and occupant protection.

As AeroMobil progresses toward its goal of producing class leading driving and flying vehicles, the team is excited to welcome Doug’s expertise and innovation in quality and safety assurance. New CTO responsibilities will include leading the teams of vehicle engineering, development, computational analysis and program management and delivery. He will work closely with the co-founder and Chief Product Architect of AeroMobil Stefan Klein.

About AeroMobil

AeroMobil is a leader in mobility in three dimensions with a vision to liberate personal mobility from the ground and into the skies. AeroMobil develops the most flexible, capable and efficient range of personal aerial vehicles (PAVs) designed for door to door travel in intra and inter-urban environments, reducing congestion and emissions while increasing proximity and convenience for citizens, cities and society. 

AeroMobil is pioneering the development and commercialisation of flying cars, developing cutting edge technology to produce a range of vehicles for short take-off and landing (STOL) and vertical take-off and landing (VTOL). This includes electric propulsion systems, battery technology and control systems for piloted and autonomous flight for transportation on the ground and in the air to support short and longe range personal air travel with eVTOLs. 

AeroMobil adopts an iterative approach to the development of personal air transportation in line with technology readiness, legislation and market acceptance. We believe the future offers unbounded opportunity for air mobility at scale but requires a pragmatic and considered approach to ensure technology and solutions implemented are safe, reliable and effective through partnership and collaboration with regulators, governments and cities to realise the benefits of all. 

The first flying car from AeroMobil provides increased flexibility and versatility for the customer as it combines the best of automotive and aerospace technology into one vehicle while respecting the limits of current technology and the regulatory environment. It is the first step in our journey towards air Mobility-as-a-service (aMaaS) which will make personal transportation vastly more efficient and environmentally friendly by allowing significantly faster door-to-door travel over short and medium distances, and in areas with limited road or public transport infrastructure.

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