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chris Courtney
commercial flight operations lead, joby aviation

Chris Courtney has served over 24 years in both the US Army and Coast Guard as an officer, leader, senior aviator & paratrooper accumulating over 3,000 flight hours in highly technologically advanced airframes. Senior staff & leadership positions include: Chief of Current Aviation Operations in Afghanistan, Coast Guard Aviation Program Resource Manager, Deputy Operations Officer, Attack Helicopter Company Commander, Aerial Reconnaissance Platoon Leader in South Korea, Senior Instructor Pilot, Flight Standardization Officer and Flight Examiner. He is an expert in worldwide aviation operations, program management, standardization, safety, training, and has extensive experience flying in combat zones, for homeland security and rescue missions. During his successful career, he earned 11 Meritorious Service, Commendation & Achievement Medals for superior leadership, judgment, performance of duties and heroics in flight having saved 37 lives.

In the private sector, he mobilized a startup company in the unmanned aircraft space. As a key member of the executive team he created a cross functional organization from four employees to 60+, scaled operations from zero to thousands, supported companies large and small in multiple industries to include the Fortune 50. 

Setting his sights on the next frontier industry called Urban Air Mobility (UAM), he joined Joby Aviation where he is operationalizing a cross functional team focused on saving a billion people an hour a day with disruptive cutting edge Electrical Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) technology.