About Us

At the helm of The Flying Ship Company is a passionate team of engineers and business executives with experience with multiple disciplines, including international business development, patent law, engineering, and corporate strategy in the aerospace, defense, and electronics sectors.

Our Team

Bill Peterson is the Flying Ship Company’s Chief Executive Officer.  He began flying Cessna 150’s and 152’s at the age of fourteen and has been captivated by aerospace ever since.   Bill holds an Aerospace Engineer degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and an Executive MBA from George Mason University.  He is accomplished in developing, managing, and executing corporate strategy, business capture, and economic development activities for a multitude of US and UK aerospace and defense companies. 

Advisory Board

Gus Bateas is an aerospace and defense executive with a solid and proven track record in supply chain, operations, business development, program management and engineering. He currently serves as the VP of Global Strategic Site & Supply Chain at Triumph Group Inc. Gus has 35 years of industry experience with Boeing, Northrop-Grumman and UTC/Goodrich. He earned a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from SUNY Maritime College and a Masters in Business and Management from the University of Southern California. Gus is currently an Aerospace Industry Association (AIA) member. He serves on the Supply Management Council (SMC) Executive Leadership Committee and previously served on the AIA Board of Managers.


Ryan Forsyth holds a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univerity and is currently a JetBlue Captian and typed rate in the Airbus A320s, Boeing 757s and Boeing 767s.  


Charles W. Peterson Jr. holds a Bachelor and Masters in Electrical Engineering from George Washington University and a JD from George Washington University.  



Market Opportunity

There has been a market surge in the demand for time-sensitive, price-sensitive coastal regions around the world. When shipping goods over large bodies of water, companies have two options. They can either use an airplane, which is fast but can be expensive, or they can use boats which are slow, but inexpensive. There is no middle ground that balances both speed and cost. Unmanned Flying Ships will fill this gap by providing access to countless delivery points at an order of magnitude faster than boats and a fraction of the cost of aircraft.