FOUNDER, METRO HOP
Bruno Mombrinie is committed to innovation in the transportation sector. His years of experience in the field of electric aviation have led to his current focus: developing an aircraft suited to the urban air mobility mission. Bruno holds an S.B. in mechanical engineering from MIT.
Bruno is the developer and lead designer of the Metro Hop plane, an all-electric, short takeoff and landing (STOL) airplane made for parcel transport in metropolitan areas and, when regulations allow, as a two-passenger air taxi. Bruno developed the active landing gear that allows the plane to cruise at 220 knots and takeoff and land in 60 meters. The plane has a payload of 450 kg and a 200 km range. The Metro Hop engineers are from the University of Stuttgart e-Genius team. Bruno is convinced that this new type of STOL airplane is a sustainable and profitable way to establish an urban air mobility system for parcel and passenger transport.
Bruno is no stranger to electric flight and aviation innovation. As a board member of the CAFE Foundation, a non-profit that has a 35-year history of promoting energy-efficient aviation, he was the event manager for the NASA Green Flight Challenge Sponsored by Google in 2011. The $1.65 million prize is the largest in aviation history. During his studies at MIT, Bruno helped build the Chrysalis, the second human-powered airplane in history to fly (over 300 people were able to fly it). His experience in transportation innovation also extends to ground vehicles. Bruno led the MIT Group Velocity team to break the land speed record for a human-powered vehicle. In 2005, Bruno was on Lisa Vetterlein’s bullet bike team, setting the women’s human-powered land speed record of 66.65 mph in Battle Mountain, Nevada.
In addition, Bruno has an established background in developing medical devices. He co-founded and was CEO of AVEC Scientific Design, a surgical supply manufacturing and sales company. Bruno engineered equipment for minimally invasive spinal surgery, including the first radiolucent positioning devices: the Kambin PLD Frame and the C.H.O.P Spine Frame. He developed a line of disposable medical supplies for orthopedic surgery, which was recently sold to Stryker Instruments. He also worked with the UCSF Department of Pediatric Urology to develop the Ace Maid pump for children with spinal cord conditions.
In his free time, Bruno enjoys toiling in his workshop, woodworking, and taking bike rides on the back roads of his community in Sonoma County, California.