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We believe aircraft
should fly themselves.

We believe aircraft should fly themselves.

Advanced automation will make aircraft safer, more available, more affordable and fundamentally transformative to the way goods and people move around the planet.

Starting with a certification-forward approach, Reliable Robotics first demonstrated gate-to-gate fully automated operation of a Part 23 aircraft and is now working towards commercialization of technologies for Part 23 cargo and Part 25 passenger vehicles.

FOUNDERS

Robert W. Rose

Chief Executive Officer

Juerg Frefel

Chief Technical Officer

LEADERSHIP

Natasha Alimchandani

Marketing & Communications

Amy Beacham

Business & People Operations

Bob Briody

Software Engineering

Adam Brown

Mechanical Engineering

A.C. Charania

Product Strategy

Tyree Clowe

Recruiting

Doug Coleman

Chief Legal Officer

Daniel DeMattia

Security & Infrastructure

David DeRose

Airline Finance

Jeff Drees

Airline Cargo Strategy

Jon Dring

Systems Engineering

Jordan Flowers

Talent Acquisition

Myles Goeller

Chief Business Officer

BJ Gopinath

Verification & Validation

Ian Gulliver

Chief Operating Officer

Chad Kirk

Policy & Regulation

Casey Klebba

Remote Piloting​

Chris Lindsey

Avionics

Tayler McGowan

Administration

Mark Mondt

Certification

Taj Morton

Software Engineering

Matt Nehrenz

Guidance, Navigation & Control

David O’Brien

Government Solutions

Tess Perdue

Program Management

Aaron Piercy

Production

Katie Pledger

Certification

Lee Tomlinson

Airline Director of Operations

Manoli Tsaparikos

Vehicle Integration & Test

FOUNDERS

Robert W. Rose

Chief Executive Officer

Juerg Frefel

Chief Technical Officer

LEADERSHIP

Natasha Alimchandani

Marketing & Communications

Amy Beacham

Business & People Operations

Bob Briody

Software Engineering

Adam Brown

Mechanical Engineering

A.C. Charania

Product Strategy

Tyree Clowe

Recruiting

Doug Coleman

Chief Legal Officer

David DeRose

Airline Finance

Daniel DeMattia

Security & Infrastructure

Jeff Drees

Airline Cargo Strategy

Jon Dring

Systems Engineering

Jordan Flowers

Talent Acquisition

Myles Goeller

Chief Business Officer

BJ Gopinath

Verification & Validation

Ian Gulliver

Chief Operating Officer

Chad Kirk

Policy & Regulation

Casey Klebba

Remote Piloting

Chris Lindsey

Avionics

Tayler McGowan

Administration

Mark Mondt

Certification

Taj Morton

Software Engineering

Matt Nehrenz

Guidance, Navigation & Control

David O’Brien

Government Solutions

Tess Perdue

Program Management

Aaron Piercy

Production

Katie Pledger

Certification

Lee Tomlinson

Airline Director of Operations

Manoli Tsaparikos

Vehicle Integration & Test

HISTORY

JULY 2017

Reliable Robotics founded

DECEMBER 2017

Cessna 172 arrives, modifications begin

FEBRUARY 2018

First flight of Cessna 172 with automation equipment installed

DECEMBER 2018

First fully automated gate-to-gate remotely operated flight

SEPTEMBER 2019

Cessna 172 flies without pilot onboard

JUNE 2020

First Cessna 208 flight test

JUNE 2020

First Cessna 208 automated landing

FEBRUARY 2021

First Cessna 208 gate-to-gate operation

FEBRUARY 2021

First Cessna 208 remotely piloted from control center

HISTORY

JULY 2017

Reliable Robotics founded

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DECEMBER 2017

Cessna 172 arrives, modifications begin​

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FEBRUARY 2018

First flight of Cessna 172 with automation equipment installed​

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DECEMBER 2018

First fully automated gate-to-gate remotely operated flight

Cessna 172 flies without pilot onboard

JUNE 2020

First Cessna 208 flight test

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First Cessna 208 automated landing

First Cessna 208 gate-to-gate operation

First Cessna 208 remotely piloted from control center

INVESTORS

INVESTORS

Robert’s engineering experience spans aerospace, self-driving cars, robotics, gaming and consumer products. Prior to co-founding Reliable Robotics, he was the Director of Flight Software at SpaceX where he led the development of the onboard flight software for the Falcon 9 rocket and the Dragon spacecraft, resulting in the first commercial mission to the International Space Station. At Tesla, as Senior Director of Autopilot, Robert brought to market the first consumer automobile with fully unassisted self-driving capability. At X (Google’s skunkworks division), Robert led a team bringing advanced machine perception and manipulation technologies to large vehicles. Earlier in his career, he developed three Game of the Year award-winning titles as a Game Engine Programmer at Sony PlayStation. Robert holds a B.S. in Computer Science, a B.S. in Computer Engineering, and an M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Oregon State University.

JUERG FREFEL

Juerg has extensive engineering and leadership experience designing and building safety critical systems primarily in aerospace. Prior to co-founding Reliable Robotics, Juerg led the Compute and Avionics Platforms Development team at SpaceX. He led a team of engineers and designers building the core avionics systems that powered the Falcon 9 and Dragon spacecraft. His work on the Crew Dragon vehicle was vital to bringing U.S. astronauts back to the International Space Station. At Aveox Inc., he developed power electronics and embedded systems controllers for commercial aircraft including the Boeing 787 and Airbus A380. He also designed and built multiple highly reliable and efficient platforms for applications in industrial automation, surgical devices and unmanned military systems. Juerg earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering with a Specialization in Software Engineering and Embedded Systems from Winterthur Polytechnic School of Engineering in Switzerland. Prior to that, he completed an Electronics apprenticeship from MSW Winterthur.

DOUGLAS COLEMAN

Doug has over 30 years of diverse legal experience in government and industry. Prior to Reliable Robotics, he served as General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Governance and Compliance for Aerion Corporation and its subsidiaries. Doug began his career as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice Aviation & Admiralty Section, and received numerous accolades for meritorious service, including the FAA Chief Counsel award. Doug worked for Curtiss-Wright Corporation, BAE Systems and Spirit AeroSystems. He  is a licensed commercial pilot and CFII with 2,200 hours of flight experience. He obtained a BBA in Aviation Administration from the Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences at the University of North Dakota, graduating magna cum laude in three years. He received his law degree from the Penn State Dickinson School of Law and was a member of the National Appellate Moot Court team and Woolsack Honor Society. Doug is a member of the Pennsylvania and Wisconsin Bars. 

JEFF DREES

Jeff has spent 40 years in the aviation industry, spanning all areas of cargo operations. Prior to Reliable Robotics, he served as Chief Commercial Officer for Ameriflight, the largest regional air cargo carrier in the world at the time. He oversaw over 175 aircraft, more than 1,500 domestic and international departures per week, and the company was flying over 75,000 hours per year. He managed customer relationships with FedEx, UPS and DHL, a large bank consortium and nuclear medicine organizations with time-sensitive deliveries. Jeff became a co-owner of the company, and also held the position of Executive Vice President of Operations. During his 35 year career at the company, he worked at all levels of the organization starting as a Line Pilot. Jeff attended the University of California, Los Angeles, and completed his flight credentials from the University of North Dakota. He is an ATP-rated pilot with over 5,000 hours of flight time.

MYLES GOELLER

Myles has spent his career driving strategic business, new market development, operational and investment opportunities in the aviation, aerospace and logistics industries. Previously, he led Accenture’s Travel and Hospitality Practice as Managing Director through the acquisition of Seabury Consulting. As part of the core team at Seabury, Myles built the leading specialized aviation and aerospace advisory business in the world, and spent a decade in Hong Kong establishing the Asia Pacific practice. Seabury worked with leading airlines, OEMs, integrators, airports, cargo and logistics companies, MROs, and governments around the world on strategy, turnarounds, acquisitions, financing and operational improvements. Myles holds a BCom degree with Honors in Management Information Systems and Accounting at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

IAN GULLIVER

Ian brings technology leadership and product strategy experience from Apple and Google, where he led teams across site reliability, privacy, cloud and robotics. While an avowed generalist, Ian focuses on building high-performing teams and productionization of complex systems, both software and hardware. Prior to Reliable Robotics, Ian worked at Apple as the technical lead responsible for infrastructure and iCloud service reliability. He spent eleven years at Google, including Google [X] where he worked on the computer vision, safety and operations of autonomous forklifts. Ian served as the tech lead of Google Cloud SQL development; managed database reliability in Google Ads and led Google’s privacy working group ensuring product launches adhered to the company’s privacy standards. Ian also serves as CFO and a member of the board of More Active Girls in Computing (MAGIC), a non-profit dedicated to increasing girls’ STEM participation via mentorship from women in tech.

Casey has built and managed teams to deliver notable contributions in aerospace, entertainment and big data. While at SpaceX, he was instrumental in spacecraft cabin development throughout NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. Casey established the Dragon 2 human interface team which modernized and commercialized the astronaut experience. The fully autonomous vehicle enabled the world’s first all-civilian orbital space mission with mere months of Inspiration4 crew training required to launch. At Netflix, he was responsible for the development and launch of data.netflix.net, an internal product enabling employee access to the company’s famously massive data catalog. Earlier in his career, Casey worked at the award-winning agencies Sapient and Huge, where he delivered business-critical projects for a range of clients including Activision, Sony, Nike, Disney, and Target. With his wife Carly, he co-founded the non-profit Minifund.org to advance initiatives that protect biodiversity in vulnerable regions.

DR. DAVID O'BRIEN​

David’s multi-industry career and operational leadership experience extends over 38 years across the military, government and private enterprise including aerospace, software and information technology, global e-commerce, manufacturing and operations. He served in the US Air Force as the Director of Acquisition Venture Strategy and Initiatives where he pioneered multi-domain commercial strategies, and connected the Air Force with innovative providers and global venture equity investors. As a Major General, he received the Distinguished Service Medal and the Defense Superior Service Medal. In his commercial industry roles, he has negotiated strategic deals for Lockheed Martin, Sun Microsystems and the Oracle Corporation, resulting in greater shareholder value and enterprise success. David holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Business and Organizational Leadership from Regent University, a MBA from Golden Gate University, a MS in Procurement and Acquisition Management Law from Northrop University, and a BS in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire.