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Vertical Aerospace appoint new Chief Engineer from Leonardo

Vertical Aerospace says that it has further strengthened its executive leadership team today with the appointment of David King as Chief Engineer.  According to the press release “David joins in February 2023 and will be responsible for the technical development and overall performance of Vertical’s VX4 electric aircraft, supervising every phase of the project from start to completion.”

The report says “David previously spent seven years as Chief Engineer on the AW609 VTOL aircraft developed by Leonardo, which is a strategic partner of Vertical.  David built and managed a new engineering organisation at Leonardo Helicopter’s US subsidiary, to modernise the AW609 design, initiate production, and advance its FAA certification which will be critical experience as he translates this expertise to the VX4.

“King has also held senior roles at both Leonardo and aircraft manufacturer Bell Aircraft, where he was Chief Engineer and launched Bell’s newest commercial helicopter design and certification project, the Bell 525 Relentless.

“David has extensive global certification experience that he will bring to bear on the VX4, spanning the US’ Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Transport Canada, the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Italy’s Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) and the French Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC).”

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