Episode 85 - Empowering Superheroes: Emergency eVTOL Aircraft from Start-Up Jump Aero

In emergency situations, every second counts — but long distances to rural areas and congested city traffic often increase the time it takes to transport a patient to a hospital. Jump Aero is mobilizing eVTOL aircraft as a solution to cut emergency response time in half and save thousands of lives.  

Co-founders Carl Dietrich, President/Chief Designer, and Katerina Barilov, Head of Business Development, discuss their passion for the Jump Aero mission. Hear more about how electric aircraft can reduce the time it takes to get a responder on the scene, why their EMTs are required to learn how to fly an airplane, and how their commitment to engage with EMS communities builds partnerships and trust.

Stay up to date on the latest news from Jump Aero: https://www.jumpaero.com/

Meet Our Guest


Co-Founder, President / Chief Designer, Jump Aero

Prior to founding Jump Aero, Carl led the flying car company Terrafugia from founding through acquisition by the Zhejiang Geely Holding Group. He served Terrafugia as CEO, CTO, and as a board director for 13 years. He is the current Chairman of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association committee on Simplified Vehicle Operations. He is the inventor or co-inventor on multiple issued patents and patents pending, and he has won numerous awards through his career including Aviation Week and Space Technology’s 40 under 40 award and the Lemelson-MIT student prize. Carl received his bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT.

Co-Founder, Head of Business Development, Jump Aero

Katerina has extensive experience in aviation, structured asset-backed finance, and corporate strategy. Most recently, she was the Managing Director at Shearwater Aero Capital, LLP, a private specialty finance company. Prior to Shearwater, Ms. Barilov was an investment banker at Goldman Sachs' Industrials Group in New York, focused on assisting top tier aviation, aerospace and defense clients.

Prior to Goldman Sachs, Ms. Barilov ran the Structured Finance division for Europe Middle East and Africa at Hawker Beechcraft, a leading aerospace manufacturer based out of Wichita, Kansas. In her role, Ms. Barilov sourced transactions, developed and maintained a network of 200+ financiers, and structured and arranged complex transactions, liaising between lawyers, insurers, bankers and clients, overseeing due diligence, documentation, and credit processes. She holds an MBA and Bachelors degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. She is an avid pilot with a passion for aerobatic competition with experience in a Pitts S2C. She spends her free time focused on adventure flying in her modified Piper Colt, exploring the desert on 4x4 trails, mountain biking and trail running.

Our Host


Innovation Strategist & Co-Founder, Brulte & Company

Grayson Brulte is an autonomous mobility advisor and consultant who provides strategic counsel and political insights to help clients navigate what’s next.

As an SAE strategic partner since 2017, Grayson brings his in-depth industry knowledge to host SAE Tomorrow Today. His unique perspective factors in economics, politics and technology into one-of-kind weekly conversations with innovators changing mobility and its impact on society.

Grayson is a thought-leader who regularly provides insights to publications including Bloomberg, Reuters, The Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Hollywood Reporter and Forbes. His written opinions and insights have been featured by organizations including the Consumer Technology Association in presentations to the Federal Trade Commission.

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