CEO of electric aircraft engine company steps down

EVERETT – The CEO of magniX, an Everett company involved in the launch of a fully electric commuter plane, is leaving the company after four years.

In a tweet Thursday, Roei Ganzarski said “this It is with a heavy heart that I share that after almost four years, I decided to leave magniX and Eviation Aero. ”

In addition to being CEO of magniX, Ganzarski is chairman of the board of directors of Aviation Aircraft in Arlington, which builds an all-electric nine-passenger aircraft.

magniX designs and manufactures electric motors to power airplanes. The Eviation electric aircraft is specially designed around the magniX electric propulsion system.

In a post on LinkedIn, Ganzarski said, “Leaving this great family is the hardest part of this decision. What an honor and privilege I have had to work with such incredible, talented, intelligent and passionate people.

“I am so proud of what we have been able to achieve over the past four years at magniX, including to name a few: developing several versatile fully electric propulsion systems for jet-focused aircraft flights. trading with Harbor Air eBeaver from December 2019 and continue to fly for the past two years, ”Ganzarski wrote.

“With my hat as Executive Chairman of Eviation, we redesigned the Alice (Eviation) aircraft to make it its final version; signed incredible launch clients like DHL; signed paying clients like Clay Lacy Aviation; and are now in the final taxiing phases before the first flight.

“I have no doubt that the future of aviation is electric. This must be in the interest of our children and grandchildren… I leave magniX and Eviation in a position to continue their leadership in the field, ”he concluded.

However, Ganzarski did not clarify why he was leaving or mention a departure date.

Known as Alice, the Aviation plane underwent taxi tests at Arlington Municipal Airport.

Eviation had hoped to make a flight of the plane last year, but that has yet to happen.

When the inaugural flight of the world’s first all-electric airliner takes place, the event is expected to attract aviation experts, federal regulators, airline executives and the media from around the world.

Last year, magniX received a $ 74 million grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to advance electric aircraft propulsion technology.

magniX also consolidated its headquarters in Redmond and a research center in Australia under one roof and moved to a building near Paine Field. Eviation occupies three hangars at Arlington Airport.

magniX and Eviation are both subsidiaries of the Clermont group, a private investment company based in Singapore.

Neither company has released a statement regarding Ganzarski’s departure.

Janice Podsada; [email protected]; 425-339-3097: Twitter @JanicePods.

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