Our new Chief Test Pilot

We’re super excited to bring on board Eric Stierna as our new Chief Test Pilot. He has a phenomenal background in the US Army (rotary wing and UAV) and is a graduate of the US Navy Test Pilot’s School. He also has many decorations, including the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and is a member of the IEEE and Program Management Institute. He has an Engineering Masters degree (Software) and Bachelor’s degree (Materials).

Eric is a passionate advocate for user-driven product development based on personal flight test experience, eight years developing successful, innovative, ruggedized training products for unsupervised military users. He understands how to “win the customer” based on feedback and experience on products developed by well-informed, empowered product owners.

Eric and his family have lived in NZ for over a decade, in which time he has worked for defence contractors and he then became Head of Design for one of NZ’s most well regarded medical devices companies (Dynamic Controls). He leads a competition formation flying team in Canterbury and his upbeat and insightful comments are an exciting addition to our growing team.

Welcome aboard!