Former NASA chief strategist Bruce Holmes, creator of the Advanced General Aviation Transport Experiments (AGATE) alliance and the Small Aircraft Transportation System (SATS), has taken a job at Florida-based air-taxi start-up, DayJet.

At DayJet, Holmes will take the position of director of air systems research, where he will work with federal and state agencies to deploy next-generation technologies to expand the number of small airports that DayJet can use as part of its "per-seat, on-demand" service, says DayJet. The company plans to launch its service in July using a fleet of newly delivered Eclipse 500 very light jets.

"Through his decade of work with the NASA SATS project, Dr Holmes pioneered many of the systems and strategies now in place that will improve personal air transport in America," says DayJet president and chief executive Ed Iacobucci. "He has a clear vision for expanding community access to jet transport by improving on-board computing, creating advanced flight controls, and implementing automated air traffic separation and sequencing technology." With the AGATE programme, Holmes helped to revitalise "the application of modern technologies in new products in the general aviation industry", says DayJet.

Source: Flight International