Spike Aerospace retained industry analyst Brian Foley to serve as an executive advisor on its S-512 supersonic business jet program. Foley, who will continue to run his Brian Foley Associates and AvStrategies advisory firms, brings a lengthy background in the business aviation market to Spike as it works to expand the S-512 program. Foley also formerly spent 20 years in marketing for Dassault Falcon Jet and has served with Boeing.
“Brian adds great value with his intimate knowledge of the business jet market and customers, deep industry contacts, strategic thinking, and working knowledge of the supersonic business jet frontier,” said Vik Kachoria, president and CEO of Spike Aerospace.
He joins a team at Spike that includes aviation executives such as former Deloitte Aerospace Group chairman Tom Captain and former Virgin Australia Airlines CEO John Thomas, who also recently joined.
“I know Spike is positioned in the ‘sweet spot’ of the industry in that it can quietly fly supersonic over land and is targeted at both the corporate jet and airline market,” Foley said. “Over my career, I have looked at a number of supersonic initiatives and am excited to be working with Spike Aerospace in bringing their vision to market.”
Spike is designing a Mach 1.6 business jet that would generate a low sonic boom over land and meet Stage 5 standards.