Archer Aviation has formed a Government Services Advisory Board to expand its relationship with the US Department of Defense (DoD) as its Midnight aircraft progresses toward commercialisation, garnering interest as a result of its performance specifications, including its payload of around 1,000 lbs.
The initial appointees to the board are six decorated military leaders: retired 3‑star General David Krumm, retired 3‑star Vice Admiral Ron Boxall, retired 2‑star General Clayton Hutmacher, retired 2‑star General Bill Gayler, retired General Steve Townsend, and retired Chief Warrant Officer Michael Durant.
Archer’s Head of Government Relations, Dr Michael Romanowski, a former 14-year veteran at the Federal Aviation Administration with over 20 years of executive leadership-experience in aerospace who joined Archer last August, will serve as chairperson of the board.
Archer Founder and CEO Adam Goldstein remarked: “The development and commercialisation of AAM technologies must remain a strategic national priority.”
Retired Lieutenant General David Krumm is a trusted executive leader and widely known as a strategic planner with demonstrated success spanning over 32 years of military service.
Retired Vice Admiral Ron Boxall is a lifelong leader and expert in Navy and joint military capabilities and requirements. He has commanded some of our nation’s most advanced deployed maritime forces–the USS John C Stennis Aircraft Carrier Strike Group as well as two other Aegis warships.
Retired Major General Hutmacher is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. He retired in 2018 from the United States Army having served more than 40 years.
Retired General Bill Gayler currently serves as the Senior Strategic Advisor to PeopleTec Inc, advisor to Warrior Performance Framework, independent consultant, Co-Chair of the Screaming Eagle Aviation Association, and volunteers his time with the Wounded Warriors In Action Foundation.
Retired General Steve Townsend volunteers his time with the American Battle Monuments Foundation and supports various wounded warrior events. He retired in 2022 having served over 40 years in uniform.
Chief Warrant Officer Michael Durant retired in 2001 after completing 22 years of active-duty service. His assignments include the 470th Military Intelligence Group, Fort Clayton, Panama, Flight Training and UH60 Blackhawk Qualification Course at Fort Rucker, Alabama, the 377th Medical Evacuation Company, Seoul Korea and the 101st Aviation Bn, Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
In March, Archer continued to ramp up its efforts with Midnight and its mission is to launch commercial operations in 2024, having completed a six-week long wind tunnel test carried out at the RUAG Large Subsonic Wind Tunnel in Emmen, Switzerland.