January 29, 2013 at 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Il Monastero, 3050 Olive Street St. Louis, MO 63103
Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering, Aviation Science, Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Outreach Events, Undergraduate
Speakers Pioneering Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (S.P.I.C.E.) is a FREE ongoing speaker event to enhance the flavor of engineering education by bringing technology visionaries into direct contact with students and practitioners. The goal of SPICE is to influence the ecosystem by bringing role models in to educate the charms and challenges in realizing breakthrough innovations.
Join us by welcoming our next guest, Parks College alumnus, Bob Bornhofen, President of Sport-Jet, Ltd.
The last decade saw the biggest investment disaster in general aviation history. Over $2 billion was invested in numerous start-ups and existing aircraft manufacturers to build a commercially viable low-cost “very light jet”. All have either never flown, were stalled or cancelled by serious design issues or such major cost overruns they became financially non viable. These failures have permanently damaged virtually every element of general aviation from investment capital sources, aircraft manufacturers to customers who put down millions of dollars in deposits.
The discussion will present that the opportunity yet exists for any entrepreneur or manufacturer capable of overcoming the obstacles that not only derailed the prior failures but current industry investment mentality to produce a light jet aircraft that a reasonably competent pilot can fly and afford.
Where: Il Monastero, 3050 Olive Street St. Louis, MO 63103
When: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
RSVP: Please visit the Event Website to register. If you have questions, please contact Nicole Germain at 314-977-7820.
Bob Bornhofen Biography
Bob Bornhofen is the president of Sport-Jet, Ltd., where he oversees engineering and designing of the Sport-Jet. The single engine jet aircraft is designed to serve both personal and executive travel needs. Coupled with the safest most insurable design available on the market today, the aircraft offers the highest level of safety and superior performance.
Bornhofen’s most significant aviation accomplishment is his involvement and responsibility for all design, engineering, manufacturing, and flight testing of the Maverick TwinJet. It was first conceived in late 1998 and made its first flight by the middle of 2000. In the span of only two years, Bornhofen launched a personal jet that years later still offers performance superior to today’s proposed very light jets.
With 13 years experience at TRW and Hughes Aircraft, Bornhofen leads projects for the Apollo Moon land mission. He has over 18 years experience with advanced electronic imaging systems in addition to extensive start-up company experience.
For more information on Sport-Jet Ltd., visit http://sportjetair.com/