May 19, 2024 11:01 pm
David McBride appointed as Supernal’s new chief technology officer to spearhead advancements in air taxi development

David McBride, a NASA veteran with a wealth of experience in aircraft development and flight research, has been appointed as the Chief Technology Officer at Supernal, a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Group. In his new role, McBride will be responsible for leading the development and certification of the company’s proposed electric air taxi, the SA-2.

Prior to joining Supernal, McBride was the director of NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, where he achieved full operational capability of the Boeing 747SP aircraft and led record-breaking missions such as the flight of the solar-powered Helios aircraft. He was also involved in the development of NASA’s X-57 Maxwell, an all-electric aircraft. McBride is excited about joining Supernal and helping to bring the company’s eVTOL vehicle to market by 2028.

The SA-2 air taxi is a four-passenger aircraft with a V-tail that operates with a distributed electric propulsion system and features eight tiltrotors. The aircraft has a cruising speed of 104kt and is designed for flights ranging between 25 to 40 km. Supernal plans to leverage Hyundai’s manufacturing capabilities to scale production of the eVTOL and draw on the company’s expertise in designing smart cars. The company aims to conduct a first flight with a technology demonstrator by the end of 2024 and have a production prototype assembled by 2026.

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