Urban Aeronautics’ pilots and engineers designing the future vehicles for mass city transportation

PILOTS AND ENGINEERS

CREATING THE FUTURE URBAN AIRCRAFT

We are revolutionizing the future of urban air mobility.

Our car-sized aircraft provide safe, clean, quiet and rapid solutions that seamlessly integrate with city infrastructures.

OUR PARTNERS

We partnered with world-leading companies. This supportive ecosystem helps make our vision come to life faster.

We’ve partnered with Boeing to address potential US DOD programs. We are strategically collaborating on marketing development endeavors and future production.

Cert Center Canada is the world expert in the aircraft certification process and works closely with NASA. Together with Cert Canada, we will work on achieving a smooth certification plan with minimal development risks.

Safran offers the widest range of onboard energy systems and is an expert in electrical distribution systems. By utilizing Safran’s powertrain system and leveraging Safran’s knowledge, we can quickly advance from prototype to mass production stage.

The largest volunteer Emergency Medical Service (EMS) preordered four units of our CityHawk’s EMS variant to operate in NYC.

BOEING

SAFRAN

CERT CENTER CANADA

HATZOLAH

Skyports designs, builds and operates safe passenger and cargo vertiports within urban environments. Together with Skyports, we have been working on infrastructure design considerations for the CityHawk’s vertiports, and we will jointly introduce the services and requirements for the first use cases in potential markets.

We partnered with Universal Avionics to implement and integrate advanced certified pilot displays and avionics in the CityHawk.

Thanks to our partnership with Ascent, an operating Singapore-based helicopter charter booking service, we are able to enrich our aircraft design and commercialization approach based on direct market insights. We partnered with Ascent for a conjoint service launch in our potential urban markets.

Together with Hypoint, we’ve been exploring the development of an advanced version of the Cityhawk powered by HyPoint’s hydrogen fuel cell stack technology, planned to be produced by 2028.

​SKYPORTS

​ASCENT

​HYPOINT

​UNIVERSAL AVIONICS

Nimrod Golan, Lt. Col. (res.)

CEO

Ofer Shifris

VP PROGRAM AND CTO

Haran Ben-Eliahou

VP BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Inbar Vitlem

VP OPERATIONS

Shahar Avneri

CHIEF ENGINEER, STRUCTURAL & MECHANICAL DESIGN

Yitzchak Traeger

AERODYNAMICS GROUP LEADER

OUR LEADERSHIP

Unparalleled experience and expertise
 

We have accumulated over 400 years of combined aviation industry experience from world-leading aerospace companies such as Northrop Grumman, Boeing Commercial Aircraft, Elbit Systems and Israel Aerospace Industries.

Our team is comprised of experienced Israeli high-tech business people, cutting edge aerospace engineers and Israeli Air Force veterans, pilots and UAV operators. 
Some of their remarkable achievements include designing fighter jets (Israel’s ”Lavi”) and corporate jets (Westwind); Wide body conversions; and designing the first operational surveillance drone, a pioneer in the field of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).

Our board of directors is composed of some of the best talents in the aerospace industry, namely David Ivry, Maj Gen (ret.), President of Boeing Israel and VP of Boeing international.
 

OUR LEADERSHIP

Nimrod Golan, Lt. Col. (res.), CEO

Nimrod is a 30-year veteran of the Israeli Air Force with extensive piloting experience. As Head of the Helicopters Branch, he led numerous helicopter and avionic system acquisitions and development programs. He is also the former VP of Delivery for Amdocs Ltd., a world-leading, Israel-based software company. Nimrod holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from theTechnion Institute of Technology and an International Executive MBA from North-Western Kellogg Chicago and Tel Aviv University.

OUR LEADERSHIP

Ofer Shifris, VP Program and CTO
 

Ofer Shifris has over 40 years of global multidisciplinary aerospace experience. Throughout his remarkable career, he served as Senior Engineer and Preliminary and Structural Design Supervisor at Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) on such projects as the Lavi Fighter. He served as General Manager of the MATA Helicopter Division; the 428 Jet Aircraft program; the New Aircraft Programs; and the 787 IAI program. As Executive VP of Engineering and Aircraft Program at Talon Aircraft (Germany), he managed the development of an innovative second-generation business jet. As Engineering Director, VIP programs at GCT Engineering Group, Ofer developed a business line to turn large commercial aircraft into VVIP configurations and certification capabilities.
Ofer holds a BSc in Aeronautical Engineering from Technion Institute of Technology and an MBA from Technion and The Hebrew University.

OUR LEADERSHIP

Haran Ben-Eliahou, VP Business Development
 

Haran is a reserve IAF Helicopter instructor pilot. During his time at Elbit System Aerospace, he led multimillion-dollar Aerospace programs and corporate business development for the North American market, introducing new technology and generating new opportunities with US-based contractors across the entire portfolio of the Elbit Systems Group.
From 2017 to 2020, Haran was the Product VP with Travel e-commerce Startup Cancelon.
Haran joined Urban Aeronautics in July 2020 to lead our growing business partnerships, opportunities generation and marketing efforts.
Haran holds a BA in Economics from Tel Aviv-Jaffa College and an MBA fromTel Aviv University.

OUR LEADERSHIP

Inbar Vitlem, VP Operations

 

Inbar Vitlem began her career as a Division Economist and Analyst at Nice Systems. Prior to joining Urban Aeronautics, she was the Budgeting Manager for the Cellular Services division of Comverse Technology.
Inbar holds a BA in Sociology and Anthropology with a minor in Economics from The Hebrew University and an MBA with a specialization in entrepreneurship and organizational behavior from the same institution.

 

OUR LEADERSHIP

Shahar Avneri, Chief Engineer, Structural & Mechanical Design
 

A leading Engineer at Urban Aeronautics since its very start. A former Aerostructure Engineer for IAI’s Bedek division. Shahar started as a young aircraft maintenance engineer for civil aviation helicopters and fixed wing aircrafts.

OUR LEADERSHIP

Yitzchak Traeger, Aerodynamics Group Leader

 

Yitzchak has over 50 years of Engineering and leadership roles in the Aerospace industry. A former Aerodynamics group leader for Northrop Grumman and a leading BD VP for IAI’s Mata helicopter factory.

Shirith Kasher Adv.

CSO

Tal Brener

CFO

OUR LEADERSHIP

Shirith Kadher Adv., CSO
 

Shirith holds vast experience in managing corporate financial strategy in public and private companies & funds including all stages of financial and investment deals, from deal construction to exit.

Prior to joining Urban Aeronautics, Shirith worked at BCRE Group as head of corporate and structured finance. Shirith holds a BSc. and LLB degrees from TLV University and an M.B.A. from Ono College.

OUR LEADERSHIP

Tal Brener, CFO
 

Tal is the former CFO of Gett, and CFO & COO of Natural Intelligence. Tal brings vast experience in financing, M&A, and building financing teams to support 5X revenue for the same infrastructure growth.

 

Throughout his high-tech and mobility career, Tal managed fundraising and M&A of hundreds of millions of dollars. Tal holds a B.A. in business with a double major in finance and accounting, and an M.A. in law.

CREATING SAFE AIRCRAFT CONTROL AND SIMPLIFIED PILOTING

By applying artificial intelligence algorithms in our flight computers through test flights performed by experienced pilots in our in-house simulator.

Urban Aeronautics flight simulator

RAPID PROTOTYPING CAPABILITIES

Our in-house workshop is equipped with the know-how and machinery for rapid prototyping including composite materials.

Our team’s hands-on experience with the production process ensures a thorough understanding of production readiness and allows us to shorten the time from sketch to production.

Urban Aeronautics electric engineer working on the tech demonstrator Vtol

EXTRAORDINARY, MULTI-FACETED AND DIVERSE TALENT

Our leadership’s remarkable level of expertise is passed down to, and supported by teams of some of the most talented young engineers in Israel.  

Urban Aeronautics leadership meeting

UNMANNED VTOL SUBSIDIARY

Our wholly-owned subsidiary Tactical Robotics has been leading the development of the Cormorant, a patented autonomous combat cargo and medical evacuation VTOL. The CityHawk’s development process greatly benefits from our subsidiary’s experience through Cormorant’s development.

A car sized aircraft designed for the city
Designing Urban Aeronautics safe aircraft rotors

THE STORY OF A MAN WITH AN UNCONVENTIONAL VISION

Urban Aeronautics’ pilots and engineers designing the future vehicles for mass city transportation

PILOTS AND ENGINEERS

CREATING THE FUTURE URBAN AIRCRAFT

Our founder and board member, Dr. Rafael (Rafi) Yoeli, constructed our first flying vehicle in a living room of a tiny apartment in Tel Aviv. The vehicle had to be removed through the windows as it did not fit through the doors when Rafi wanted to take it out for its first flight.

Yoeli created this first manned ducted fan with a vision to develop a VTOL without the severe limitations of exposed rotors while preserving the performance of a helicopter.

He can’t forget that first flight in 2003 when his dream took off for the first time. “It felt great, but the vehicle was difficult to control because it had no auto stabilization - so I mainly remember the workload and the focus on the testing. The vehicle was meant to prove my first patent (the vane control system), and it already accomplished that on the first takeoff. I was extremely pleased to see that it worked perfectly”. 

Although our aircraft have come a long way since that first flight, our vision  of making dreams come to life remains.
 

Rafi Yoeli, Urban Aeronautics founder and inventor of the first flying vehicle

UNPARALLELED EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE

We have accumulated over 400 years of combined aviation industry experience from world-leading aerospace companies such as Northrop Grumman, Boeing Commercial Aircraft, Elbit Systems and Israel Aerospace Industries.

Our team is comprised of experienced Israeli high-tech business people, cutting edge aerospace engineers and Israeli Air Force veterans, pilots and UAV operators. 
Some of their remarkable achievements include designing fighter jets (Israel’s ”Lavi”) and corporate jets (Westwind); Wide body conversions; and designing the first operational surveillance drone, a pioneer in the field of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).

Our board of directors is composed of some of the best talents in the aerospace industry, namely David Ivry, Maj Gen (ret.), President of Boeing Israel and VP of Boeing international. 
 

Nimrod Golan, Lt. Col. (res.)

CEO

Nimrod is a 30-year veteran of the Israeli Air Force with extensive piloting experience. As Head of the Helicopters Branch, he led numerous helicopter and avionic system acquisitions and development programs. He is also the former VP of Delivery for Amdocs Ltd., a world-leading, Israel-based software company. Nimrod holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from theTechnion Institute of Technology and an International Executive MBA from North-Western Kellogg Chicago and Tel Aviv University.

Ofer Shifris

VP PROGRAM AND CTO

Ofer Shifris has over 40 years of global multidisciplinary aerospace experience. Throughout his remarkable career, he served as Senior Engineer and Preliminary and Structural Design Supervisor at Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) on such projects as the Lavi Fighter. He served as General Manager of the MATA Helicopter Division; the 428 Jet Aircraft program; the New Aircraft Programs; and the 787 IAI program. As Executive VP of Engineering and Aircraft Program at Talon Aircraft (Germany), he managed the development of an innovative second-generation business jet. As Engineering Director, VIP programs at GCT Engineering Group, Ofer developed a business line to turn large commercial aircraft into VVIP configurations and certification capabilities.
Ofer holds a BSc in Aeronautical Engineering from Technion Institute of Technology and an MBA from Technion and The Hebrew University.

Haran Ben-Eliahou

VP BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Haran is a reserve IAF Helicopter instructor pilot. During his time at Elbit System Aerospace, he led multimillion-dollar Aerospace programs and corporate business development for the North American market, introducing new technology and generating new opportunities with US-based contractors across the entire portfolio of the Elbit Systems Group.
From 2017 to 2020, Haran was the Product VP with Travel e-commerce Startup Cancelon.
Haran joined Urban Aeronautics in July 2020 to lead our growing business partnerships, opportunities generation and marketing efforts.
Haran holds a BA in Economics from The Tel Aviv-Jaffa College and an MBA from Tel Aviv University.

Inbar Vitlem

VP OPERATIONS

Inbar Vitlem began her career as a Division Economist and Analyst at Nice Systems. Prior to joining Urban Aeronautics, she was the Budgeting Manager for the Cellular Services division of Comverse Technology.
Inbar holds a BA in Sociology and Anthropology with a minor in Economics from The Hebrew University and an MBA with a specialization in entrepreneurship and organizational behavior from the same institution.

Shahar Avneri

CHIEF ENGINEER, STRUCTURAL & MECHANICAL DESIGN

A leading Engineer at Urban Aeronautics since its very start. A former Aerostructure Engineer for IAI’s Bedek division. Shahar started as a young aircraft maintenance engineer for civil aviation helicopters and fixed wing aircrafts.

Yitzchak Traeger

AERODYNAMICS GROUP LEADER

Yitzchak has over 50 years of Engineering and leadership roles in the Aerospace industry. A former Aerodynamics group leader for Northrop Grumman and a leading BD VP for IAI’s Mata helicopter factory.

LEADERSHIP

Urban Aeronautics flight simulator
Designing Urban Aeronautics safe aircraft rotors

CREATING SAFE AIRCRAFT CONTROL AND SIMPLIFIED PILOTING

By applying artificial intelligence algorithms in our flight computers through test flights performed by experienced pilots in our in-house simulator.

RAPID PROTOTYPING CAPABILITIES

Our in-house workshop is equipped with the know-how and machinery for rapid prototyping including composite materials. Our team’s hands-on experience with the production process ensures a thorough understanding of production readiness and allows us to shorten the time from sketch to production.

A car sized aircraft designed for the city

EXTRAORDINARY, MULTI-FACETED AND DIVERESE TALENT

Our leadership’s remarkable level of expertise is passed down to, and supported by teams of some of the most talented young engineers in Israel.  

Urban Aeronautics leadership meeting

UNMANNED VTOL SUBSIDIARY

Our wholly-owned subsidiary Tactical Robotics has been leading the development of the Cormorant, a patented autonomous combat cargo and medical evacuation VTOL. The CityHawk’s development process greatly benefits from our subsidiary’s experience through Cormorant’s development.

Our founder and board member, Dr. Rafael (Rafi) Yoeli, constructed our first flying vehicle in a living room of a tiny apartment in Tel Aviv. The vehicle had to be removed through the windows as it did not fit through the doors when Rafi wanted to take it out for its first flight.

Yoeli created this first manned ducted fan with a vision to develop a VTOL without the severe limitations of exposed rotors while preserving the performance of a helicopter.

He can’t forget that first flight in 2003 when his dream took off for the first time. “It felt great, but the vehicle was difficult to control because it had no auto stabilization - so I mainly remember the workload and the focus on the testing. The vehicle was meant to prove my first patent (the vane control system), and it already accomplished that on the first takeoff. I was extremely pleased to see that it worked perfectly”. 

Although our aircraft have come a long way since that first flight, our vision  of making dreams come to life remains.
 

Rafi Yoeli, Urban Aeronautics founder and inventor of the first flying vehicle

OUR PARTNERS

We partnered with world-leading companies. This supportive ecosystem helps make our vision come to life faster.

BOEING

We’ve partnered with Boeing to address potential US DOD programs. We are strategically collaborating on marketing development endeavors and future production.

CERT CENTER CANADA

Cert Center Canada is the world expert in the aircraft certification process and works closely with NASA. Together with Cert Canada, we will work on achieving a smooth certification plan with minimal development risks.

SAFRAN

Safran offers the widest range of onboard energy systems and is an expert in electrical distribution systems. By utilizing Safran’s powertrain system and leveraging Safran’s knowledge, we can quickly advance from prototype to mass production stage.

HATZOLAH

The largest volunteer Emergency Medical Service (EMS) preordered four units of our CityHawk’s EMS variant to operate in NYC.

SKYPORTS

Skyports designs, builds and operates safe passenger and cargo vertiports within urban environments. Together with Skyports, we have been working on infrastructure design considerations for the CityHawk’s vertiports, and we will jointly introduce the services and requirements for the first use cases in potential markets.

ASCENT

Thanks to our partnership with Ascent, an operating Singapore-based helicopter charter booking service, we are able to enrich our aircraft design and commercialization approach based on direct market insights. We partnered with Ascent for a conjoint service launch in our potential urban markets.

UNIVERSAL

AVIONICS

We partnered with Universal Avionics to implement and integrate advanced certified pilot displays and avionics in the CityHawk.

HYPOINT

We partnered with Universal Avionics to implement and integrate advanced certified pilot displays and avionics in the CityHawk.

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