MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA. – – August 4, 2020 – – Wisk, the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) company behind the world’s first all-electric, self-flying air taxi, announced today that Eric Johnson has joined the company as Senior Vice President of Engineering and will serve on the company’s Executive Leadership Team.
Reporting directly to Wisk’s CEO, Gary Gysin, Eric will be responsible for executing the company’s technical vision and roadmap, overseeing the development of current and future aircraft, and directing Wisk’s software, hardware, systems engineering, flight test, certification and product management teams.
“We are thrilled to have Eric join us,” said Gary Gysin, CEO of Wisk. “Eric brings strong technical and problem-solving skills with a long history in delivering certified platforms to the commercial marketplace. His demonstrated leadership in innovative aircraft development, integration, certification, testing, and customer engagement is a great benefit to us as we move forward.”
“I’m thrilled to be joining a company that’s shaping the future of the UAM space,” said Johnson. “Wisk’s greatest strengths are its people, it’s safety-first culture and its commitment to innovation. I’m proud to now be part of the team that will make safe, everyday flight a reality.”
Prior to this role, Eric was a Chief Engineer supporting Boeing NeXt, where he directed the engineering development and product safety for a joint team. Eric also served as Product Development Chief Engineer for the Boeing 777X program and Chief Engineer and Airplane Level Integration Team Leader for the 777-8 program, and has held multiple management and engineering positions in Airplane Safety, Electromagnetic Effects, Flight Sciences, Flight Test, Certification and Sales. Eric began his career with McDonnell Aircraft Company and has a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics from the University of Minnesota, a Master’s of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M, and is an F-15 and commercially rated pilot.
Wisk is an urban air mobility company dedicated to delivering safe, everyday flight for everyone. Cora, its self-flying, eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) air taxi, will make it possible for passengers to skip the gridlock traffic and get to their destination faster. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area and New Zealand, Wisk is an independent company backed by The Boeing Company and Kitty Hawk Corporation. With a decade of experience and over 1300 test flights, Wisk is set to shape the future of daily commutes and urban travel, safely and sustainably.