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Our Team

We are a team of pilots, startup superstars, and aviation enthusiasts on a mission to open the skies.

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Katie Buss
Co-CEO

Colonel Katie Buss, USAF, Ret. brings decades of aviation and leadership experience to KinectAir. A combat C-17 special ops pilot, she also flew as an instructor pilot on the King Air 250 amassing over 4500 hours. Katie has also served in diplomatic roles as military attache and Senior Defense Official at the US Embassies in Colombia and Bolivia. Bringing those leadership skills back to the States, Katie taught courses on the subject at the University of Kentucky, and has served on the leadership teams of two previous start-ups.

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Ben Howard
Co-CEO

Ben is a multiple startup company veteran who has built teams and brought products to market. Technologies include a fixed-wing UAS, SaaS image processing, and AI based insights on big data. He formerly worked at Intel Visual/Parallel Group.

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John Hilmes
CPO

As Chief Product Officer, John taps into his extensive architecture and design background to ensure that KinectAir meets the highest standards of product excellence across every aspect of our brand.

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Kevin Guardia
CFO

Kevin brings to the KinectAir team deep finance experience across M&A, startup fundraising, accounting audits, and years of strategic FP&A oversight across industries like agriculture, healthcare, education, and technology. The past 3 years before joining KinectAir Kevin has focused his efforts on shepherding the financials at startups from inception to Series A to growth stage.

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Dr. Bruce Sawhill
Chief Scientist

Bruce is an aviation veteran of 20 years, a co-founder of DayJet Corporation, the world’s first per-seat on-demand airline. With a background in mathematics and physics, Bruce is the Chief Scientist and Data Science lead at KA. He has worked in commercial and military aviation R&D, from USAF tanker ops scheduling to air traffic management for NASA.


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Liz Smith
Director of Customer Success

Liz is a seasoned professional with over a decade of experience in enhancing customer experiences and service. Passionate and dedicated, Liz has been instrumental in ensuring every KinectAir customer enjoys an unparalleled, top-tier experience. Outside of work, Liz and her family; husband and 2 kids enjoy being outside, time at the beach, working out, or simply taking a leisurely stroll, Grounded in her unwavering commitment to both her work and family, Liz embodies the perfect blend of professional excellence and personal fulfillment and can’t wait to help you plan your next adventure!

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Jenna LaFlamme
Director of Client Aquisition

Jenna has private aviation sales and customer service experience in both managerial and director roles.  She has led teams for over 10 years, working with all ranges of clients to provide the best options for their private travel requirements.


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Investors & Advisors

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Jonathan Evans
Founder, Chairman

KinectAir was conceived by Jonathan out of a passion for aviation. After selling his drone software company, Skyward to Verizon in 2017, he assembled this team of aerospace and software experts to fulfill his dream of building a truly on-demand flight network. Jonathan is a member of the NASA aeronautics and research round table as a recognized visionary in regional air mobility and the future of aviation.

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Greg Greeley
Investor

Greg was president at Airbnb during a period of dynamic acceleration, where he oversaw the company’s $30 billion-plus Homes business with hosts in 100,000 cities, as well as the Luxe, Hotels, Airbnb for Work, and Superhost programs.  Prior to Airbnb, Greg had a distinguished two-decade career at Amazon, where he made his mark early on with the inception and launch of Prime, expanding the media marketplace globally, and introducing dozens of new physical and digital products and categories. Ultimately, he came full circle to lead Amazon’s global Prime program, growing subscriptions to more than 100 million. Before Amazon, Greg held leadership positions at Sun Microsystems, United Airlines, McDonnell Douglas and Boeing.

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Andy Tung
Lead Investor

Andy brings extensive operating experience in the transportation sector, holding a number of senior positions in container shipping and airline companies. He currently serves on the boards of Cathay Pacific Airways, Orient Overseas International Limited, and Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited. He is former CEO of Hong Kong based Orient Overseas Container Lines (OOCL), a business which his family exited in 2018. Andy graduated from Princeton University with a BSE in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Stanford University with an MBA.

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Gur Kimchi
Vested Advisor

Gur is a veteran of the tech industry who most recently served as Amazon’s VP, Prime Air, from 2014 to 2020, where he set up the future of drone delivery. Gur will advise KinectAir in the movement and connection of fleet in time and space according to real-time, dynamic pricing. He’ll also advise, with deep regulated tech expertise, on KA’s emerging portfolio of advanced air mobility OEM partners to join our future electrified fleet.

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Dan Taylor
Investor/Advisor

Dan is the VP of Global Ads at Google, where he is currently leading their global business strategy and product commercialization for Google Display Ads, Google Marketing Platform, Audiences and Privacy. Dan will advise KinectAir in building sophisticated demand gen engines, and especially how to leverage the Google platform itself with our brand program and app-based service.

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Lisa Christensen
Vested Advisor

Lisa Christensen advises KinectAir following her 20 year Air Force career most recently piloting Special Air Missions for the top brass in Washington and running “America’s Airfield” as the 89th Operations Support Squadron Commander.  A combat veteran, Instructor pilot, retired Lt Col Christensen has over 3300 hours flying the C-17, Gulfstream III, V and 550.  She brings the same commitment to excellence to the Kinect Air company culture and customer experience.

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Nick Rogers
Vested Advisor

A successfully exited aviation entrepreneur & pilot, Nick is passionate about leading aerospace, future safety, and innovation for next generation air travel using AI, machine learning and connectivity. He brings his extensive experience as a British Airways Captain to bear on the culture of KinectAir’s aviation excellence. | 10,000 hours (747, A320).

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Chris Rogers
Vested Advisor

Strategic communications veteran of 15 years. Chris advises on brand strategy, reputation and demand generation for KinectAir. Formerly at Grayling, he led some of the worlds most famous technology brands like PayPal, Facebook, British Airways, and Microsoft for the agency in EMEA. He is an investor & exited entrepreneur with Dovetail Lab, a blockchain consent app for medical data.

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Reid Wynans
Vested Advisor

Experienced leader, pilot, aviation consultant, university educator, and innovation director with over two decades of aviation experience. Retired Air Force Lt Col Reid Wynans is a combat veteran and instructor pilot with 3100+ hours in the C-17 Globemaster. Reid provides a rich and diverse cross-functional perspective to the intersection of operations and strategy.

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Johnny Corbett
Vested Advisor

A marketing professional with 15+ years of experience, Johnny has worked in a range of complex businesses – Hiscox, Diageo, Birdseye & AkzoNobel – on brands like Smirnoff, Birds Eye & Dulux, as well as bringing a range of innovative consultancy and communications agency experience. Johnny loves getting to grips with what makes customers ‘tick’ and then using that knowledge to drive awesome business and brand outcomes.

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The Future of Flight

Our network of operators, aircraft and passengers is connected with software which enables us to create efficiencies which have previously been technologically impossible.

While our current fleet is made up of the efficient aircraft available today, our ambitions are for an even cleaner and greener future. We have forged partnerships with the most promising tech out there. The pioneers we are proud to collaborate with are leaders in the world of electric, hybrid and hydrogen powered aircraft.

Those aircraft, currently nascent, will one day become the norm. As that technology evolves and becomes certified by the FAA for commercial passenger flights we will incorporate those aircraft into our fleet just as we currently do today.

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Why private flyers
choose KinectAir Packages

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Traditional private air charter

Unexpected additional fees

Complicated booking procedures

Inefficiently utilized flight capacity

KinectAir

Avoid the hassle of traffic and airport chaos

Flexible flight times that work for you

Quick, simple, and efficient booking process

Personalized and private travel experience

Clear, hourly pricing; no hidden costs

Easy, quick booking via app

Efficient flight space utilization

FAQs

Find answers to frequently asked questions about KinectAir's private charter flights and services.

How quickly can I book a trip?

Should you require a charter flight at short notice, KinectAir is well-equipped to organize a private charter flight on the same day. Contact us directly at (360) 718-8168 for a streamlined booking experience. Our team will gather essential information to provide an accurate quote for your chartered flight.

How early should I arrive at the airport?

One of the perks of chartering a private flight is skipping the long queues. You only need to arrive around 15 minutes before your flight, allowing for a quick check-in and security check before you step onto your awaiting aircraft. Our crew will welcome you, provide a brief overview of the flight, and ensure you’re comfortable and ready for take-off.

What should I expect upon arrival at the airport?

Most airports feature Fixed Based Operators (FBOs) where private aircraft passengers check-in for flights. Some airports allow private aviation passengers to be driven directly to their aircraft. Typically, boarding your private aircraft takes less than 5 minutes, but in the unlikely event of a delay or early arrival, FBOs offer private lounges for your comfort.

Can I bring my pets aboard the plane?

Yes, of course you can bring your pets aboard the plane. We are happy to have them and take them along for the journey but they do need to be approved and announced during the booking process. All unannounced pets at the time of departure are subject to operator approval.

Can I request catering onboard?

Absolutely! While all flights come with complimentary snacks and water, we are more than happy to provide a full catering menu upon request to elevate your in-flight dining experience.

Do you assist with ground transportation?

Yes, KinectAir collaborates with multiple private and rental car services to cater to your ground transportation needs. Kindly inform our team about your requirements, and we’ll arrange the suitable options for you.

Still have questions?

Contact us for more information or assistance.