An Interview With John Michel, Executive Director At Skyworks Aeronautics
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Q: You’ve recently announced a $100 million investment commitment from GEM Global Yield LLC SCS (“GEM”); can you tell us something more?
A: Skyworks Aeronautics will use the funds to move forward with the commercialization of three of its unique gyroplane aircraft: The eGyro electric air taxi geared towards urban air mobility; the 400 mph VertiJet, which will be the world’s first VTOL business jet; and the Hawk 5 versatile performance gyro which is primarily targeted to emerging nations in dire need of affordable, reliable and versatile vertical lift alternatives to costly and complex helicopters. It is important to note the Hawk 5 is already being manufactured with our Serbia based engineering team, with first flight slated for late 2021.
Skyworks Aeronautics Announces $100 Million Investment Commitment from GEM as Company Seeks to Go Public in Coming Months
Skyworks Aeronautics Also Strengthens Executive Team with Recent New Hires and Adds to Electric Aircraft Partnership. The Company envisages going public via SPAC merger or traditional IPO
CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Skyworks Aeronautics Corp. today announced a $100 million investment commitment from GEM Global Yield LLC SCS
Brig. General (Ret.) John Michel, Skyworks Aeronautics Co-Executive Director added, “With our highly experienced leadership and technical team and strong intellectual property portfolio, this commitment by GEM positions Skyworks Aeronautics to become the first company in the world to commercialize gyrocraft at scale. Be it providing affordable vertical lift alternatives to developing nations, progressive electric aircraft capabilities for air carriers, or game-changing vertical takeoff and landing platforms, Skyworks Aeronautics is now poised to be a transformative force in the rapidly evolving air mobility industry.”
Skyworks Aeronautics Part of Consortium Selected in Next Stage of U.S. Air Force Energy Storage Challenge
CHICAGO, IL, U.S.A., February 3, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Skyworks Aeronautics as part of consortium led by our partner Mobius.energy Corporation selected in next stage of U.S. Air Force Energy Storage Challenge AFWERX.
“The AFWERX Reimagining Energy for the DoD Challenge is critical to our mission of increasing collaboration between large businesses and entrepreneurs to accelerate solutions for the Air Force,” stated Mark Rowland of AFWERX. “On behalf of AFWERX and the Department of Defense, we congratulate the teams advancing to the next phase. Their contributions are invaluable and have the potential to create game-changing results across the Air Force enterprise."
Council on Competitiveness Statement on the Newly Announced Biden Science Team
WASHINGTON, DC, U.S.A., January 15, 2021 The Council on Competitiveness applauds the nomination of Dr. Eric Lander to be Assistant to the President for Science & Technology and the next Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). We also commend the Biden-Harris Administration’s decision to elevate the position to the cabinet level.
This is something the Council called for when it released its Competing in the Next Economy National Agenda on December 17, 2020. The CEO of Lonford Global is a Commissioner on the National Commission on Innovation and Competitiveness Frontiers and sits on the Executive Committee of the Council on Competitiveness.
Mobius.energy and Skyworks Global Announce eGyro™ Electric Aircraft Collaboration
CHICAGO, IL, U.S.A., December 8, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Today, Skyworks Global, Inc. (“Skyworks”) and Mobius.energy Corp. (“Mobius”) announced a strategic partnership to adapt and mature Mobius’ battery module technologies to meet the needs of the Skyworks’ eGyro™ electrically powered vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft.
Jongwon “JP” Park, Chief Strategy Officer and Co-founder of Mobius.energy said, “Mobius’ strategy focuses on building strategic partnership and growing together with our partners. We are building a global aviation battery alliance and our partnership with Skyworks marks an important milestone.”
Alternative Petroleum Technologies Announces Distribution Partner for Select Latin American & other Countries
RENO, NV, U.S.A., October 28, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Alternative Petroleum Technologies Holdings Corp. ("APT") has signed a distribution agreement with OGE Drilling & Investment Ltd. and its subsidiary company ODIN Petroil S.A. (“Petroil”). The distribution agreement covers the sales territory of several South American, Central American, Caribbean and other countries including Columbia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Brazil, Chile, South Africa and Singapore. The distribution agreement covers APT’s unique, patented, cost-saving Sulfex™ desulfurization process - a much lower capital investment, operating cost, carbon footprint and greater safety alternative to hydro desulfurization (hydrotreating).
DOE awards funding to six Argonne battery manufacturing projects
BY CHRISTINA NUNEZ, October 2, 2020
The projects will help bring technologies for safer, more robust batteries from the laboratory to commercial markets.
Six innovative battery manufacturing projects led by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory were recently awarded funding through DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). The projects, which span a range of essential components for energy storage, are among 13 battery manufacturing research efforts at national laboratories that earned combined funding of almost $15 million over three years.
Chicago Is at the Center of a National Push for ‘Quantum Internet’
BY NONA TEPPER, July 24, 2020
The Department of Energy (DOE) just unveiled a plan to develop nationwide quantum internet — and Illinois is at the center of it.
During a press conference at the University of Chicago on Thursday, DOE representatives announced that two state laboratories and a prominent local research institution will play a key role in developing quantum internet for all.
“Decades from now, when we look back to the beginnings of the quantum internet, we’ll be able to say that the original nexus points were here in Chicago — at Fermilab, Argonne and the University of Chicago,” said Nigel Lockyer, director of Fermilab.
COVID-19 is changing key business relationships
BY WAVERLY DEUTSCH, Aug 27, 2020
No entrepreneur is a stranger to crisis. Whether it shows up as a key partnership falling apart right before a contract is signed or a global economic downturn, crisis is a fundamental part of entrepreneurship—and, in fact, often accelerates the adoption of technology and market innovations. Following the 2000 dot-com crash, the e-commerce, social media, and interactive-web-experience sectors boomed. After the 2008–09 global financial crisis, giants of the gig economy, including Uber and Airbnb, emerged and became unicorns with multibillion-dollar valuations. Analysts are already speculating about what industries and companies will be the winners post-COVID-19. Will telehealth, remote working, online education, even micromobility (transportation for one) become the new norm in a world fearing the next pandemic?
Skyworks Global Opens First Dealership in Brazil
SALT LAKE CITY, UT, U.S.A., July 16, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Skyworks Global Inc. (“Skyworks”), the global leader in gyronautics, announced the opening of its first dealership in Brazil with the appointment of Aero Store Aviation as its dealer in the state of São Paolo. The Aero Store has been in the aviation market for 15 years and has expertise in aircraft sales, aftermarket service and support, including parts and components supply and pilot training.
Dr. Marcelo Felippes, Skyworks’ Director of Business Development in South America, after extensive research, selected Aero Store Aviation to be the first Skyworks dealer in Brazil. Dr. Felippes stated: “Skyworks Global is a leader in commercializing gyroplanes and we are extremely excited to be working with Mr. José Barth, owner of Aero Store Aviation in the state of São Paulo, where the fleet of helicopters is one of the largest in the world."
Skyworks Global Appoints Distribution Partner for Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia & Singapore
SALT LAKE CITY, UT, U.S.A., May 28, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Skyworks Global Inc. (“Skyworks”), the global leader in gyronautics, announced that it has signed a sales and marketing distribution agreement with One08 Group. The distribution agreement covers the sales territories of Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore for Skyworks’ five seat Hawk 5 aircraft.
The Hawk 5 gyroplane uses a free-spinning rotor to provide lift and an airplane engine for thrust. Utilizing an engine driven pre-rotation system while on the ground, the Hawk 5 is capable of jump take-offs, allowing take-off from almost anywhere. In flight, the unpowered rotor is always in autorotation, so in the unlikely event of an engine failure, the Hawk 5’s rotor would continue to spin providing a normal glidepath, keeping the pilot in complete control. Since it has no transmission or antitorque equipment, the Hawk 5 eliminates the flight risk, periodic maintenance, and lost business days associated with these systems, providing the owner greater safety, reliability, and lower costs. Coupled with the flying simplicity of fixed wing aircraft, the Hawk 5 is a true workhorse.
Alternative Petroleum Technologies Signs Distribution Agreement for 15 African Countries
RENO, NEVADA, USA, January 22, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Alternative Petroleum Technologies Holdings Corp.("APT") has signed a distribution agreement with Alternative Petroleum & Power Ltd. (“APPL”) The distribution agreement covers the sales territory of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) which include Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leonne and Senegal, amongst others. The distribution agreement covers the full range of APT technologies including its unique, patented, cost-saving Sulfex™ desulfurization process.
“We are honored to partner with APT to continue our eco-friendly, sustainable business mission while taking advantage of the Nigerian Federal Government’s gas liberalization policy” stated APPL Executive Director Alh Muawiyah Farouk.
“We are very excited to be working with APPL to bring APT’s environmentally friendly technologies to the ECOWAS countries.” stated APT Director, Steve G. Stevanovich.
Alternative Petroleum Technologies Announces Appointment of Distribution Partner for Mainland China
RENO, NV, U.S.A., December 20, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Alternative Petroleum Technologies Holdings Corp. ("APT") has signed a sales and marketing distribution agreement with MICAVA International Corp. The distribution agreement covers the sales territory of Mainland China for the full range of APT technologies including its unique, patented, cost-saving Sulfex™ desulfurization process.
“MICAVA has been keeping good communication with APT for several years. We admire the innovation ability of APT’s researchers and witness their scientific research achievements. There is no doubt that Sulfex™ is a leap in the development, which has injected new vitality into the low-cost desulfurization for global eco-friendly refining. We are honoured to be the partner of APT, and we believe that APT and Micava can make contribution to the technological progress of China users through both parties’ efforts” stated MICAVA CEO and President, Yu Chenghai.
Skyworks to offer U.S. Army new combat gyrodyne aircraft
By Dylan Malyasov, Jul 14, 2019
U.S. high-performance gyroplanes maker Skyworks in collaboration with Scaled Composites to build a high-speed rotorcraft demonstrator of future combat gyrodyne aircraft.
Skyworks signed a collaboration agreement with Scaled Composites to development new VertiJet gyrodyne aircraft to take part in the U.S. Army’s various Future Vertical Lift (FVL) competitions.
The new combat gyrodyne aircraft will be based on a concept developed under DARPA’s Heliplane program. Skyworks has been developing manned and unmanned vertical lift gyroplane technologies for more than two decades. The company’s website said these advanced sustained autorotative flight technologies enable aircraft to be both runway independent and economical, and yet remain unconstrained by the physics imposed speed, range, and payload limitations of a helicopter.
Skyworks Global, Scaled Composites target US Army’s FVL with VertiJet
By Pat Host, Washington, DC, Jul 11, 2019
Skyworks Global and Scaled Composites will offer their VertiJet gyrodyne aircraft for one of the US Army’s various Future Vertical Lift (FVL) competitions, according to an executive.
John Michel, Skyworks Global executive director and retired US Air Force (USAF) brigadier general, told Jane’s on 9 July that VertiJet can fulfill a variety of military missions including combat search and rescue (CSAR); ship-to-shore logistics; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR); armed escort, and special operations. While the US Army has an active competition in Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft-Competitive Prototype (FARA-CP) and a potential competition for Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA), Michel said the team had not determined which competition, or competitions, to pursue.
Skyworks Announces Partnership with European Aircraft Manufacturer to Produce Its Runway Independent Hawk 5 Gyroplane
By Lonford Global, June 21, 2019
The industry leader in gyronautics is partnering with UTVA to make high performance, cost-effective runway independent aircraft available throughout the world.
Today, Skyworks Global Inc. and UTVA, a subsidiary of Serbian-Government owned Yugoimport, announced a strategic partnership to manufacture Skyworks’ 5 seat runway independent gyroplane.
The Hawk 5 gyroplane combines the safety, reliability and cost effectiveness of fixed wing aircraft with the runway independence of a helicopter. Its simple, elegant design reduces much of the complexity associated with rotary wing aircraft, resulting in lower operating costs and higher reliability and making the Hawk 5 particularly well suited to serve delivery, transportation and patrol needs in a wide range of environments including the rugged conditions seen in developing countries.