WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Carter Aviation Technologies (Carter) is ramping down its developmental flight test program and refocusing on moving the CarterCopter into production.“This is a tough transition for me. I’m an engineer at heart so continuing to expand the envelope, fine tune the technology, break additional records and the like make me smile every day,” exclaimed Jay Carter. “Yet the time has come, and some would say overdue, to shift gears and focus on getting the technology into the marketplace”
Carter will continue to demonstrate the aircraft periodically with both private and public exhibitions. The private demonstrations will be aimed at specific parties interested in producing CarterCopters, according to company officials, while the public demonstrations will serve to continue to grow awareness and interest in Slowed Rotor/ Compound (SR/CTM) Technology.
“As part of our shift in focus and resources, I have asked Jon Tatro, our president of international affairs, to spearhead our production campaign,” explained Carter. “Jon will take on the additional duties of Executive Vice President for Joint Ventures & Licensing. He has already been performing many of these duties so this assignment is intended to both recognize that as well as prioritize it as our number one business objective.”
Jon joined Carter in 2013, bringing over 30 years of aerospace experience with him, including more than two decades working for Bell Helicopter.
“Jon has the right experience at the right time to help Carter move into production. He understands our technology as well as the rotorcraft market and we couldn’t be happier about having him onboard,” added Carter.