In January, Elroy Air welcomed new customers and partners to our household, we unveiled our updated Chaparral C1 vehicle, and I gave an invited discuss our firm trajectory on the 2022 Transformative Vertical Flight Convention in San Jose.
Then in February, Chaparral was featured because the cover story of Aviation Week. That is like an athlete making the duvet of Sports activities Illustrated — it’s an enormous honor! Together with the remainder of the crew, I felt a mixture of child-like pleasure and a deep satisfaction for this recognition.
And in March, FedEx announced they are teaming up with us at Elroy Air “to maintain the world shifting ahead” — this can be a dream crew for altering the sport in categorical logistics.
In what was a full-circle second for me, we had the chance to display our C1 vehicle at the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos, CA. For 3 days, the Chaparral stood within the firm of giants — from a XH-44 Hiller-copter, to a reproduction Wright Flyer, to a SpaceShipOne. Apart from the trove of aviation historical past, the Hiller Museum additionally has a particular significance for me personally: Ten years earlier, we threw a shock celebration for my in-laws on the museum. My father in-law (who’s a longtime personal pilot and aviation fanatic) and mom in-law walked into the constructing anticipating to have lunch with an previous good friend and located 60 of their closest family and friends able to have a good time among the many airplanes. After they dropped by to take a look at the Chaparral on show on the Hiller, it made me (and them) so proud at what we’ve completed.
Moments of public acclaim could make an organization appear to be an in a single day success. However this second is definitely 5 years within the making. Our crew has been arduous at work — designing, constructing, innovating, testing and dealing with world-class companions and clients to get Elroy Air to the place we’re as we speak.
I’ve large gratitude for the Elroy Air crew — engineering, design, program, operations, individuals ops, finance and enterprise growth — it really took each certainly one of you to get right here. What we’re doing at Elroy Air is absolutely arduous, and also you all might have discovered a lot simpler methods to make a residing. However our shared mission units this work aside, and with everybody working collectively we’re going to carry Chaparral to the world — I’m so proud to be a part of this crew with all of you.
To our traders, advisors, clients and buddies: Thanks for being a part of our journey and believing in a future the place each particular person on this planet has entry to the products they want, once they want them. We’re 5 years in, it’s nonetheless early innings in our trade, and we’re on a roll. Onward and upward!