The eVTOL developer Wisk, a joint venture between Kitty Hawk and Boeing, has announced the appointment of Dr. Pete Kunz to the company’s board.
Kunz is the chief technologist for the Boeing NeXt — the company’s future technologies division — as well as Boeing’s senior chief engineer for unpiloted systems. He previously served as chief technology officer at Insitu, Inc., the unmanned aerial systems company that was acquired by Boeing in 2008.
“We are pleased to welcome Pete to our board,” stated Wisk CEO Gary Gysin. “His background in aerospace engineering and his experience in various aspects of the analysis, design, and testing of autonomous aircraft is incredibly valuable as we continue the development and certification process for our self-flying air taxi.”
Wisk is developing the two-passenger, fully electric Cora eVTOL for urban air mobility missions. Unlike many competing models, which will initially have human pilots, Cora is designed to be fully autonomous from launch. Wisk said that Kunz’s background in autonomous aircraft brings additional technical and industry expertise to the company’s board.
“What I see happening at Wisk is extremely exciting and I love the culture that continues to be built there,” stated Kunz. “I’m looking forward to helping the company work through the next phase of their aircraft development and bringing safe, autonomous flight to market.”
Kunz has a doctorate in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in aerospace engineering from Penn State.