Green aviation company AMSL Aero has appointed Max York, former head of GE Australia, as its new CEO.
York, who previously led GE’s commercial aviation activities in the Asia-Pacific region and has also served as a commander in the Australian Navy, joins AMSL co-founders Andrew Moore and Siobhan Lyndon as they prepare to bring the Vertiia eVTOL aircraft to market in Australia and overseas.
Moore, who is moving to the newly-created chief engineering officer role at AMSL, and Lyndon, who is staying on as chief operating officer, said York will play a key role in the company’s mission to decarbonise aviation.
“Max has a strong track record as an Aviation executive, engineer, and principled business leader,” they said.
“Together, we will bring our hydrogen-powered aircraft Vertiia to vital markets including air ambulance, emergency services, passenger, and cargo transport, saving lives and better meeting the needs of people living in regional and remote areas.
“We are thrilled that he has chosen to join us for this next growth phase.”
York has praised AMSL as a leading eVTOL company, and says Vertiia has “the longest range of any aircraft of its type in the world”.
“Andrew and Siobhan are inspiring founders who together with an incredible team have done a stellar job to build a prototype that has successfully flown recently,” he said.
“I am honoured to be joining this team to help fulfill its potential as we continue flight testing, certification, and manufacturing activities.”
AMSL’s Vertiia, which has eight tilting wings and can carry up to four passengers plus a pilot, is capable of taking off from helipads or similar-sized landing sites and can conduct on-demand services between regional locations, at speeds of up to 300km/h with a 250km battery or 1,000km hydrogen range.
It is slated for commercial release in 2026 and recently was awarded a $5.43 million ARENA grant.
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