Regional director of the americas, Vertical Flight Society
Kenneth Swartz was elected to the Board of Directors of the Vertical Flight Society (VFS) in 2018.
He has been the driving force behind the Society’s eVTOL News initiative since early 2017 and is senior editor of Vertiflite magazine. He has over 30+ years of experience as a senior aerospace marketing and communications strategist with major commercial aircraft manufacturers, special mission helicopter operators, regional airlines and pilot training and flight simulation companies.
At Aeromedia Communications, Swartz works with OEMs and commercial aviation companies developing market forecasts, aircraft economic models, sales and marketing campaigns and digital media content.
Swartz previously worked as a Senior Market /Airline Analyst at Bombardier Commercial Aircraft developing successful billion-dollar marketing campaigns for the CRJ Regional Jet and Dash 8 airliners in the U.S.; managed a large fleet of Soviet and Western helicopters airlifting UN Peacekeeping forces in failed nations; and developed Canada-US trans-border regional airline routes for the Air Canada network.
For the past 35+ years, Swartz has also been one of the world’s leading vertical flight journalists and Canada's leading aerospace writers. He’s Senior Editor of Vertiflite and eVTOL News, Contributing Editor of Vertical and Skies, and North American Editor of Helicopter International and HELIDATA News. Since the late 1970s, he has written thousands of articles on the international commercial helicopter, regional airline and aerospace industry.
He has also researched and co-authored the official corporate histories of several world-leading aerospace companies, including Pratt & Whitney Canada, CAE, Bell Helicopter Canada and Airbus Helicopters Canada.
In 2010, Ken won the Helicopter Association International's “Communicator of the Year” award.