We build all-electric seagliders for fast, safe, and low-cost coastal transportation.

Our mission is to drastically reduce the cost and headache of regional transportation between coastal cities.  Our vehicle, called a seaglider, is a wing-in-ground-effect craft that operates a few meters off the water's surface and couples the high speed of an airplane with the low operating cost of a boat. Built to the same safety standards of all modern aircraft and watercraft, our vehicle will service routes up to 180 miles with existing battery technology, and routes up to 500 miles with next-gen batteries, all via existing dock infrastructure.  Our team of MIT-trained, ex-Boeing engineers are leveraging maritime vehicle development pathways to bring our zero-emission, high-speed seagliders to market within five years.

Regent Seaglider flying over water
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Zero-emission, ultra-low-altitude travel

180 miles (290 km) at 180 mph (290 kph)

Existing dock infrastructure

Founders

Billy Thalheimer

Billy Thalheimer

CEO

Billy is an experienced aerospace business leader and market strategist with a background in flight physics.  After his MIT graduate work on advanced aircraft design, and stints at Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic, Billy joined Aurora Flight Sciences, the Boeing subsidiary focused on rapid prototyping.  There Billy led the flight physics team for the Boeing PAV electric air taxi before transitioning to program management and business development.  Billy brings his experience leading strategy and execution across future mobility verticals including test flight, future product design, and component development to REGENT as its CEO.

Mike Klinker

Mike Klinker

CTO

Aviation runs in Mike’s blood--he received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from MIT focused on aircraft controls and autonomy, is an avid pilot, and loves any vehicle that flies or floats. Mike spent years at Airware, Raptor Maps, MIT Lincoln Labs, and Aurora Flight Sciences designing and operating innovative unmanned vehicles and developing systems to increase safety in aviation.  Mike has built and written control software for over a dozen aircraft, and brings his advanced flight controls and abundant flight test experience to REGENT as its CTO.

Team

Bryan Baker

Lead Designer

  • Flight Physics Lead - eVTOL (Aurora/Boeing)
  • America’s Cup Performance Lead (Oracle USA)
  • Naval Architect (Farr Yacht Design)
  • B.S. Naval Arch. and Marine Eng. (UMich)

Dan Cottrell

Dir. Of Engineering

  • Propulsion Lead - eVTOL (Aurora/Boeing)
  • Integration & Test Lead (Aurora/Boeing)
  • Mechanical Systems Lead (Aurora/Boeing)
  • B.S. Aerospace Engineering (U. Maryland)

Ted Lester

Dir. OF Systems, Safety, Cert.

  • Chief Technologist (GE AiRXOS)
  • Systems Engineering Lead (MITRE)
  • Product Manager (Avidyne)
  • M.S. Aerospace Engineering (MIT)

Matthew Cram

Director of business development

  • Chief Commercial Officer (Aerion Supersonic)
  • Deputy General Counsel (Aerion Supersonic)
  • Partner (Aero Law Group PC)
  • J.D. (Seattle University School of Law)
Tom Harari

Tom Harari

Dir. of Finance, Operations, and Strategic Partnerships

  • Venture Fellow (Pillar)
  • Co-Founder & CEO (Cleanly)
  • MBA Finance (MIT Sloan)
Cory Kays

Cory Kays

Performance Lead

  • Research Engineer (Cornerstone Research Group)
  • Aeronautical Research Engineer (Aurora/Boeing)
  • Project Engineer (Aurora/Boeing)
  • M.S. Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (MIT)
Andrew Levin

Andrew Levin

Embedded Software Engineering Lead

  • Radio Systems Integration Engineer (Sonos)
  • Avionics Hardware Engineer (Vector Launch)
  • Avionics Engineering (SpaceX)
  • B.S. Electrical and Electronics Engineering (Northwestern)

Investors

Advisors

Anne Marie Pellerin

Anne Marie Pellerin

Managing Partner, Lam Lha Security Innovation

US Dept. Homeland Security / TSA (former)

Eric Del Balso

Eric Del Balso

General Partner, Kohala Ventures

Sr. Dir. Global Strategic Partnerships, Yahoo! (former)

Dr. Alan Klanac

CEO, Adriatic Fast Ferries

President, Interferry (former)

Ferry executive, entrepreneur, engineer, professor

Mark Bishop

Mark Bishop

Principal, Waterfront Composite

Designer, America’s Cup Team UK

Edward Alsford

Edward Alsford

Seaplane and Aviation Consultant

Managing Dir., Trans Maldivian Airways (former)

Regent Seaglider fliying over water
Regent Seaglider taking off
Regent Seaglider taking off
Regent Seaglider flying over water
Regent Seaglider fliying over water during sunset