William J. Fredericks
William J. FredericksCEO & Founder
Bill Fredericks is an accomplished aircraft designer who has designed dozens of aircraft 12 of which have achieved first flight. His two most notable designs are the NASA Greased Lightning and he performed the first conceptual design of the NASA X-57 Maxwell, a manned aircraft. Fredericks was a valued Aeronautical Engineer while employed at the NASA Langley Research Center in the Aeronautics Systems Branch. He is the lead inventor on the Greased Lightning patent and led the project from its conceptual design through its successful flight testing. He is recognized as a creative aircraft designer who incorporates aerodynamic principles and new propulsion technologies in new ways to surpass the performance of other designs.
Bill Fredericks graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He is also a former artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps. He deployed to Afghanistan in 2011 with a rocket artillery battery (HIMARS).

Our Valuable Team Members

Weston M. Lewis
Weston M. LewisLead Engineer
Weston is a Mechanical Engineer from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with 4 years of experience in robotic design. While attending the University of Nebraska he contributed to the development of a patented robotic capsule medical device. His other achievements include participating in the NASA Microgravity University program and development of the robotic arm for NASA’s 2016 Robo-Ops rover. He met founder, Bill Fredericks, while interning at NASA Langley Research Center.
Blake A. Stewart
Blake A. StewartFabrication Lead
Blake is a Mechanical Engineer with 4 years of experience in mechatronic systems and mechanical design. His experience includes multidisciplinary design team work for the Microgravity University program, leading a Cable Driven Robotic System research project, and the development of a Robotic arm system for the NASA RASC-AL Robo-ops 2016 demonstration rover.
Robert H. Rea
Robert H. ReaBusiness Development
Robert Rea has over 25 years’ experience covering technology development, aerospace, defense, technology commercialization and venture capital. He was Director of Planning for an Air Force Research Laboratory, Assistant Director of the New Mexico Research and Development Institute, project manager for SAIC and Technology Ventures Corporation in Albuquerque, VP/COO of a high-tech startup from Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Principal at Axcel Innovation, a consulting firm focused on technology commercialization. Mr. Rea holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix, a Civil Engineer degree from Columbia University for Post-Masters work, an MS in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and a BS in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M.

Advanced Aircraft Company is Partnered with FlightHouse Engineering

Jay Gundlach
Jay GundlachPresident and Co-Founder, FlightHouse Engineering LLC
Dr. Jay Gundlach is a prolific UAS designer who has helped develop over 35 unique UAS that achieved first flight including inventing and leading the development of the Insitu Integrator (now the RQ-21A Blackjack) and leading the Aurora Flight Sciences Orion Ultra-Long Endurance UAS. Gundlach has worked with numerous UAS prime contractors, suppliers, universities, and government program offices over the course of his career. Notable positions include Director of Conceptual Design at Aurora Flight Sciences and Insitu’s VP of Advanced Development. Gundlach has written three authoritative books published by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Gundlach holds a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Virginia Tech.
Calder Hughes
Calder HughesVP Engineering and Co-Founder, FlightHouse Engineering LLC
Hughes brings extensive knowledge of aircraft structures and composites, detailed mechanical design, and design for manufacturability. His experience in UAS product development began at Insitu to redesign the ScanEagle platform for manufacturing and customer deployment. He went on to work closely with Gundlach to develop the Integrator system, and was the mechanical design lead for that air vehicle. Following Insitu, Hughes worked for two successful UAS start-up companies (Zee.Aero and Zipline) in the San Francisco Bay area. Hughes obtained his graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University.