Aerion, the provider of supersonic flight, has named Tom Vice, the former president of Northrop Grumman´s Aerospace Systems sector, as Aerion´s President and Chief Operating Officer, the company said.
He will play a role in the development of the company´s AS2 supersonic business jet.
Aerion announced in December 2017 that it was joining forces with GE Aviation and Lockheed Martin to develop the AS2 business jet. As the program accelerates, it is adding management and engineering expertise in order to achieve first flight in 2023 and aircraft certification in 2025.
Vice will be responsible for all aspects of Aerion´s AS2 design, development, certification, and customer delivery.
Aerion Supersonic of Reno, Nevada, was formed in 2003 to introduce a new era of practical and efficient supersonic flight. Since that time, the company has developed and demonstrated advanced wing technology in conjunction with NASA and other aeronautical institutions. This research includes breakthrough work in supersonic natural laminar flow, the key enabling technology behind the AS2 supersonic business jet.