AeroMobil is an international team of more than forty experts from the automotive and aerospace sectors representing over eight countries across the world. Based in Central Europe they work together to design and manufacture the unique and innovative vehicle within all existing regulations for road and air transport.
Antony Sheriff is a renowned automotive industry professional. With an international career stretching over 30 years, Sheriff is recognized as one of the industry’s foremost product experts and has a deep understanding and knowledge of the auto industry at both the highest strategic levels and the detailed design and operating level.
After briefly working as a car designer in Italy and England, he worked and as a product planner for Chrysler. Mr. Sheriff went on to receive his Masters in Management from M.I.T. where he was also a full time researcher for the International Motor Vehicle Program and contributed to the ground-breaking book, “The Machine That Changed the World”. He subsequently joined McKinsey & Company where he advised a number of automotive and non-automotive companies throughout the US and Europe.
In 1995, Sheriff joined Fiat Auto in Italy and was quickly promoted to Director of Product Development for all Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Lancia cars and commercial vehicles. Amongst the many cars he conceived, he was responsible for two “Car of the Year” winners, Alfa Romeo 147 and Fiat Panda. After being appointed Vice-President of the Fiat brand, Sheriff left to join McLaren Automotive in 2003 as Managing Director.
In his decade at McLaren, Sheriff transformed the company from a contract manufacturer for Mercedes-Benz into a profitable independent sports car company with a full product range of highly innovative sports cars that have met broad critical acclaim. Initially, he launched the Mercedes SLR McLaren to market and then conceived and produced the SLR Stirling Moss model, the most expensive Mercedes ever sold.
Sheriff transformed McLaren into a truly independent company and, under his leadership and vision, the company launched the MP4-12C, a revolutionary carbon fibre sports car, followed by the P1, a million dollar hybrid ultra-high performance sports car. A third car that Sheriff conceived, the Sports Series, is being launched later this year. The company also built a brand new production facility and a global distribution network. In its first full year in production, McLaren Automotive achieved a turnover of £267 million and near breakeven profitability. Sheriff resigned as Managing Director of McLaren in 2013 and is now advising and investing in a number of projects in the international automotive industry. Sheriff holds a B.A. and a B.S. from Swarthmore College as well as an M.S. from M.I.T.. He holds American and Italian nationality.
David Richards, CBE founded Prodrive in 1984 and acted as a chairman of Aston Martin. He is one of the most respected figures in world motorsport. Mr. Richards has been instrumental in establishing Prodrive as a world-leading motorsport and technology business. He has also led two F1 teams – Benetton and BAR - as team principal and in the latter led the team to second place in the F1 Constructors’ World Championship in 2004. Today, he is actively involved in all aspects of the Prodrive group and works closely with the board to develop the business strategy, supporting the executive team in its new business activity.
Mr. Mercer is a leading expert in the automotive industry globally, having spent three decades of experience in automotive advisory work, including over 20 years at McKinsey & Company, where he was the chief of the Automotive Practice, leading or participating in hundreds of client studies over that timeframe.
When he left McKinsey as a Partner in 2006, he established his own independent advisory service. In particular, he has been involved in dozens of due diligence processes over the years. In addition to the project-based work for investment firms (e.g. KKR, Greenbriar, Kleiner Perkins), he has been an advisor to various industry entities (e.g. Ricardo PLC, the Automotive X Prize, Rocky Mountain Institute, Alliance Bernstein), a Board member for several automotive firms (e.g. Stackpole, Grakon, Tinnerman), an expert witness in automotive legal actions, and a lecturer on automotive economics in several academic settings (e.g. Case Western, Wharton, Cambridge University).
He is a previous President of the Society of Automotive Analysts, and a former Director of the International Motor Vehicle Program. Mr. Mercer holds an AB from Dartmouth, an MA from Yale, and his MBA from the Tuck School of Business. He lives with his wife Ida, a professional cellist, in the USA, although his work has taken him around the world, including extended tours of duty in the UK, Denmark, Italy, Japan, and elsewhere.
Chief Engineer - Avionics and Control Systems & Embedded SW
Chief Engineer - Electrical Systems and Electronics
Vehicle Development Engineer
Engineer - Computational Analysis
Engineer - Computational Analysis
Engineer - Computational Analysis
Engineer - Computational Analysis
Engineer - Computational Analysis
Engineer - Whole Vehicle
Engineer - Weight
Vehicle Development Technician
R&D Grants Manager
Chief Executive Officer
Juraj Vaculik is a co-founder and CEO of AeroMobil, an advanced engineering company that is commercializing a sophisticated flying car, combining a luxury sports car and a light aircraft in a single vehicle.
In 2010, Juraj co-founded AeroMobil and manages the company as its CEO. In 2013, together with the inventor and co-founder Stefan Klein, he unveiled the pre-prototype of AeroMobil 2.5 at the SAE Conference in Montreal. A year later, an experimental prototype of AeroMobil 3.0 was developed under his lead with the team of 12 people and presented at the Pioneers Festival in Vienna. Popular Science magazine presented AeroMobil with Invention of the Year 2015 award and UK edition od Wired magazine ranked the project among the top 10 rule breakers last year.
Juraj has over twenty years’ experience of working as a leader with very broad experiences from political revolution to international media and advertising industry. During Velvet Revolution in 1989 which ends a communist era in former Czechoslovakia, he was one of the key persons in Student Movement who have started the process of democratization and established the new post-revolution government in Slovakia.
In 1992, he started his career as a creative director for major global advertising agencies which started their operations in Czech and Slovak republics. In 1996 he founded MADE BY VACULIK - one of the leading independent advertising agencies in the CEE region, extending its reach to over 30 countries.
Juraj acts as an angel investor in numerous projects in Europe and the US.
Chief Technical Officer
With over 20 years of impressive experience in the automotive industry, Douglas has seen his career develop from Land Rover to McLaren, and finally Smith Technologies Ltd. His early beginnings saw extensive work on several world class Land Rover products as well as contributing to the introduction of the BMW Mini in 1997 before moving to McLaren to take up a challenging and exciting role within their Automotive division in 1999. It was at McLaren that he led the vehicle safety and interior team that successfully introduced the Mercedes SLR McLaren and subsequent variants to the world market. Continuing on from this he helped formulate and develop the business and played a significant part in the definition and design of the McLaren MP4-12 family of vehicles.
MacAndrew joined Smith in 2007 as a Technical Director and oversaw the advancement of their electric vehicle portfolio across the European and US markets, and in 2010 assumed the role of Vice President of Engineering and Development for the group. Under his leadership, Douglas oversaw technology innovation and new production introduction, including support for preexisting vehicle platforms in production. Under his leadership, Smith saw significant growth in its electric vehicle operations across US, European, Russian and Far Eastern markets.
Douglas’ responsibilities across these diverse automotive businesses have encompassed a wide range of technical, operational and business responsibilities. In these unique roles, Douglas has managed and coordinated numerous teams to streamline the engineering, design, financial and operational goals set before him. Within the business realm, he has engaged countless companies in regard to quoting and the supply process. In addition, Douglas has been heavily involved in the investment community, gaining experience in both the AIM and NASDAQ markets as well as being part of the team that prepared the S1 application via the US SEC for Smith Corp.
Douglas is a chartered mechanical engineer from the UK Engineering Council and was appointed to the position of Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers in 2007. He holds several global patents for innovation in the areas of vehicle safety and occupant protection.
Douglas sees in AeroMobil a credible personal transportation solution which rediscovers the joys of the open road and independent freedom. He is looking forward to playing a part in the exciting future of AeroMobil and the continued development of a world class business that can push technologies, materials and components towards future product innovation and the deliver of truly inspiring vehicles.
Chief Operating Officer
Ladislav Batik is a skilled international business professional with experience spanning the European, Australian and Asian markets. He studied in Australia and later he obtained his M.B.A. degree from Webster University.
He has always been closely involved in operations, manufacturing, financial management and new market development. Ladislav was instrumental in establishing the strategic business planning and consumption channels for Coca-Cola Beverages Slovakia in the early 90s. Later he led the sales and marketing department of the bottler´s subsidiary where he had responsibility for the overall sales and profit of the company.
During the nineties, Ladislav played a crucial role in establishing the market presence for Dutch insurance company AEGON Levensverzekering N.V. in Slovak republic. At AEGON, he managed departments of marketing, corporate clients, IT and also served as Chairman of the Executive board for AEGON Voluntary Pension Fund. The skills and expertise gained throughout this period helped Ladislav to launch AEGON-CNOOC brand in China, together with MADE BY VACULIK advertising agency.
Prior to becoming COO of AeroMobil, Batik served as a member of the executive board for the one of the largest personal finance institutions in both the Czech and Slovak Republic‘s ZFP GROUP.
His ambition is to help AeroMobil become a well-respected brand and establish a new and innovative market where almost everybody can achieve the freedom to travel and move quickly and effortlessly.
Chief Communications Officer
Stefan Vadocz is responsible for development of AeroMobil’s public relations and communication with media and influencers.
In the early 90’s he helped co-found first two private radio stations in Slovakia, Fun radio and Radio Twist, where he started his media career as reporter and producer of various radio and TV shows about technology. Later he turned to advertising world, where he was a part of global advertising agency team serving clients like Microsoft and Compaq. He was always active in technology industry, he helped to establish Slovak Information Technology Association where he acted as its first executive director.
In 2000 he founded public relations consultancy Neopublic which served mostly innovative technology clients and still it’s one of the most successful PR agencies in Czech republic and Slovakia. It is also important part of the global Porter Novelli PR network. Stefan currently acts as owner of Neopublic which has two offices in Prague and Bratislava. Stefan’s specialisations include development of communication strategies for innovative brands and start-ups, crisis communication and brand development. He occasionally gives lectures on public relations, corporate social responsibility and creativity at the Comenius University in Bratislava.
He was always early adopter of all new technologies and can't wait to test the AeroMobil in flight for himself. He believes that AeroMobil will change the world of personal transport.
Head of Vehicle Development
Ian Clark brings to AeroMobil 20 years of product test, development and validation experience in a range of professional areas.
Initially developing as an expert in state-of-the-art road simulation facilities working closely with MTS Systems Corporation, Ian moved to GKN to develop their component and system testing capabilities. Examples of new R&D test methodologies Ian brought later to the Arrows Formula 1 team are now common across other current Formula 1 teams.
Moving to McLaren Automotive in 2001, Ian played a key role in the test and development activities for the Mercedes SLR McLaren and subsequently led the vehicle development team through the creation of the Roadster, 722 Edition and Stirling Moss variants of the SLR. After defining the development and validation programmes for what would later become the McLaren MP4-12C, P1 and 570S, Ian moved to Prodrive to take responsibility for the reliability development of new transmission and hydraulic systems for the 2008 Subaru World Rally Car.
Following the withdrawal of Subaru from the World Rally Championship, Ian became one of a small team delivering a novel concentrating photovoltaic electricity generation product to market. Later combining this and all of his previous experiences, as Project Manager for Williams Hybrid Power Ian took technical and operational responsibility for the delivery of energy storage systems to Porsche, Audi and Alstom Transport. A significant highlight was to bring Audi overall victory in the prestigious Le Mans 24-hour motor race in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Ian joins AeroMobil from McLaren GT where, as Special Projects Engineering Manager, he managed the development of the McLaren P1GTR hybrid supercar and the delivery of critical new components and systems.
Ian can see in AeroMobil a real chance to bring an inventive transport solution and advanced technologies to the marketplace. He is excited about the opportunity to demonstrate that credible automotive and aerospace processes can be applied, resulting in a high quality and highly capable vehicle.
Head of Computational Analysis
Tomas Urik is an experienced aircraft designer. Tomas brings years of experience to the team within the spheres of operations, maintenance, and research and development of aviation technology. His skill sets and specialties include computational design, composite materials, light metal alloys and general technological manufacturing of aircraft. He has led multiple aviation development teams as well as partnering with other innovative research and development programs along the way. With over ten years of educational experience in the world of aviation, he adds welcomed technical insight to the existing team.
Tomas started his professional career in 2003 as a researcher and designer at the Aviation Institute at the University of Technology in Brno, Czech Republic.
It was there that Tomas got his first exposure to aircraft material design and specialized testing. Over the next years, he would begin to take on a more leadership role through conceptual prototype development at the University. During this time, he also worked in experimental research at the Aerospace Research Centre of Brno. Since 2008, he has led several construction teams in aerospace engineering to develop prototypes of aircraft in categories CS-VLA. His knowledge of sports aircraft configuration and innovation comes from this research heavy time in the aerospace sector.
In 2012, Tomas worked on the development of bionic structures and additive technology for Airbus A350 aircraft. Over the next three years, Tomas again led the development teams of new aircraft in the LSA category and Regulation EN - 23 in the Centre of New Technologies for Mechanical Engineering in Brno. His most recent position was leading research and development on the TL 4000 at the NETME Centre, also located in Brno. While working on the TL 4000, Tomas organized and led all R&D activities on the CFRP aircraft.
After joining the AeroMobil this year, Tomas took on the challenge before him of pushing the flying car vision to new limits of technological possibility. It has since been his goal to set out finding new practical solutions for the vehicle’s structural design and its technological makeup. AeroMobil will directly benefit from Tomas’s involvement by his ability to ensure that the vehicle’s makeup is comparable to excellent flight characteristics found in other top sports aircraft.
Deputy Head of Engineering
Professional structural engineer and manager with over 20 years of experience in delivering engineering solutions in safety critical industries. Expertise in understanding technical requirements and processes for developing design concepts through to manufacture and certification. Expertise on the management processes involved in running a successful project, including managing customers, work packages and people.
Hugues Le Cardinal
Head of Airworthiness
Renowned aerospace certification expert, Hugues Le Cardinal has senior consulting missions for leading aircraft manufacturers and projects. Hugues brings over two decades of industry experience and entrepreneurial vigor to the team through first class aviation insight and an in-depth aeronautical background.
Recently, Hugues key missions and roles included a position of Head of Airworthiness for a French aviation company DAHER-SOCATA and he is today for DAHER, the Applicant Project Certification Manager (PCM) for the Airbus E-Fan 2.0 electrical airplane. Before acting as a senior consultant, Hugues was employed by the French DGAC (National Airworthiness Authority) as a Head of Certification, Continued airworthiness, and General Aviation operations. In this role, he managed several PCMs and was a member of the EASA European Light Aircraft working group, and member of the EASA General Aviation Panel of Experts.
Hugues brings more than 20 years of experience in General Aviation airplanes, sailplanes, motor gliders, balloons, airship, Annex II aircraft Certification and Continued airworthiness. Joining in March, Hugues will heavily contribute to advancing AeroMobil’s airworthiness and ensuring certification standards are achieved within requirements.
Hugues Cardinal was trained at the School of the Air Salon-de-Provence where he received an engineering degree in aeronautics and became a certified pilot. Hugues spent time training to be a fighter pilot shortly after that, but in 1991, he left the program and garnered his rich Air Force training and combined theory for his next chapter. While in the Air Force, he had piloted a broad array of planes including the windfall aircraft: CAP 10B, CM170 Fouga Magister, Embraer 121 Xingu, but also had flights on Alphajet, Mirage III, Mirage F1 and Mirage 2000.
In 1992, he joined the Délégation Générale pour l’Armement (DGA) where he worked in the field of certification of light aircraft for the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC). In 1998, he joined the DGAC as Deputy Head of the General Aviation aircraft airworthiness office of and continued rising through the ranks as Head of General Aviation in 2001-2008 and Head of Certification in 2010-2011. It was in 2011 that he began stepping out on his own to create VELICA S.A.S to act as a consulting firm for the array of aeronautic purposes specializing in certification and airworthiness.
During the last five years, VELICA had an incredible richness in terms of experiences, meetings and missions on behalf of recognized customers. The company assisted in the certification of aircraft changes, for obtaining authorizations of flight or obtaining aeronautical approvals. VELICA, accompanied by the most daring aviation project, keeps its feet on Earth thanks to sharp the evolution of European regulations, American and Chinese knowledge and the operation of certification authorities. With one goal: minimize the time of placing the aircraft of their clients on the market. For example, the process of certification of the electrical aircraft E-Fan 2.0 developed by AIRBUS INNOVATION. Even through work on the regulatory compliance of the new A310, replacing the old A300 of NOVESPACE, a subsidiary of CNES was designed to perform parabolic flights to create conditions of weightlessness. This knowledge of the functioning of the major institutional actors of Aeronautics and the evolution of the rules of the sector thus allows Hugues Le Cardinal to intervene during training seminars and transmission of know-how for certification of aircraft, airworthiness, and aviation regulations.
Head of Quality
Beginning in 1985, Darren McDonald’s career developed rapidly within the automotive industry with Rover Group and the renowned BMW Group. During his 15 years there, McDonald held key roles in numerous product development programmes and product launches growing into various leadership roles and delivering notable quality assurance achievements. From 2001 to 2013 he served under a multitude of titles and responsibilities in the field of Quality Assurance for Rolls-Royce. In the final years of his engagement, McDonald was accountable for Quality and Improvement on all UK & International Defence engine programmes. He led a team of over 25 quality professionals optimizing day-to-day tasks and workloads, being successful in exceeding expectations on numerous quality objectives throughout the sectors of parts quality, operations, and programme management.
McDonald’s time with Rolls Royce would also lead him in 2009 to a unique opportunity as Programme Manager for a multi-faceted project involving the relocation of an aero engine maintenance activity from customer facilities into Rolls-Royce. The close relationship with the customer and success of the project was impactful enough to bring personal commendations from the highest level within the customer organisation. Subsequently McDonald would work directly for the same customer, his most recent role being the set up an ISO9001 compliant Business Management System across several aircraft programmes within the UK.
Principal CAD Design Engineer
Talented design engineer, Mikael Olsson, has joined the AeroMobil team to assist in prototype development across both the 3D and 2D spectrums of component and system design.
With more than 30 years of CAD experience, Mikael’s extensive portfolio brings his foundation of electrical and mechanical engineering into full swing on the team. His ability to see a vehicle’s development through from start to finish from the ergonomics to the displays and controls makes his pairing a vital complement to the team. His latest engagements before joining AeroMobil were with BMW Z4 and work on BMW M6-GT3 vehicle package.
Beginning not far from his original education and home in Sweden, Mikael saw his career spread from Europe to America working with groups like Eurocopter, Volvo, and BMW. In 2000 he became lead design engineer at VMCC in California, which would set him on a trajectory for further senior level positions. At VMCC in California, he became heavily involved of the development of electric car initiatives. From there he transitioned to BMW production in Oxford as a resident engineer working on the Mini development from 2004 to 2007.
Mikael become heavily involved with 3D design applications for several groups from 2007 on working in Oslo and most recently Munich as a senior level design engineer. He comes directly from his work on BMW Motorsport where he oversaw extensive component design, vehicle safety systems including all areas of vehicle packaging. These senior level design experiences and the wealth of knowledge pertaining to vehicle layout strategically align Mikael’s expertise with AeroMobil to push the team’s capabilities even further.
Chief Engineer - Airframe, Primary Structures & Body Systems
Mark’s career began in the early 90’s after obtaining his Ph.D. in Mechanical Properties of Polymer Composites. His first placement was with Airbus where he went straight into a management role overseeing A300 wing worthiness and repair. Over his career, Mark often lead teams managing projects concerning the conceptual design, advanced composite material, and quality assurance. He comes most recently from being the owner of his consultancy firm MarkAero Limited and in addition to his aerospace experience, has engineered structures as diverse as a solar racing car, a polymer composite footbridge, a tidal turbine through to the BAR Americas Cup Yacht.
With noteworthy technical achievements across multiple aerospace manufacturers, including BAE Military Aircraft, Airbus, Bombardier Aerospace and Rolls-Royce Aero Engines, and a wider spread of blue-chip clients such as Network Rail, Aircraft Carrier Alliance, Lockheed-Martin and QinetiQ, Mark shares the responsibility of ensuring structural integrity for the AeroMobil design.