Power4Flight was formed to address powertrain reliability, durability and affordability issues, which continue to plague our industry and keep small Unmanned Aircraft Systems from realizing their full potential.
The Power4Flight team is focused on providing complete UAS powertrain solutions, including core engines, integrated starter/generators, Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) and power conditioning electronics.
Co-founder Power4Flight

Ross Hoag

Ross co-founded Cloud Cap Technology with Bill Vaglienti with the idea of developing a highly integrated and end user programmable autopilot/flight management system for small UAS integrators. Ross brings twenty years of UAS experience to the Power4Flight team. He is responsible for day-to-day operations, business development and electronic design. Read Full Bio

Bill Vaglieni - Co-founder Power4Flight

Bill Vaglienti

Bill brings seventeen years of UAS autopilot, payload and flight test expertise to the Power4Flight team. Bill is responsible for propulsion, propeller and vehicle modeling, software development, integration and analysis. Bill is the technical visionary and developmental taskmaster at Power4Flight! Read Full Bio

Jim Newton - Propulsion Engineer Power4Flight

Jim Newton

Propulsion Engineer
Jim brings nearly 25 years of varied propulsion experience to the Power4Flight team. Jim is the lead propulsion engineer and the primary customer technical point of contact. He also works closely with our key development partners, Currawong Engineering and Cobra-Aero, on the design, development and testing of purpose built fuel injected two and four stroke propulsion systems. Read Full Bio

Chuck Simmons

Propulsion Engineer
Chuck has more than 25 years of mechanical, electronic and embedded systems design experience with 10 years of UAS engine development experience.  He developed the fuel injection systems for Insitu’s heavy-fuel powered Integrator, RQ-21A Blackjack and ScanEagle. He also designed the engine for Aerovel’s Flexrotor. At Power4Flight Chuck is responsible for engine hardware development and integration, working closely with our partner Cobra Aero on the A33 and A99 engines.
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Key Business and Development Partners

Currawong Engineering

Currawong Engineering - a specialist manufacturer of propulsion systems for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)Currawong Engineering is a specialist manufacturer of propulsion systems for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). Currawong manufactures small engines, Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) systems and components for EFI systems. Currawong EFI systems are being used in nearly 1,000 UAVs worldwide. Individual Currawong products include the ECU that is the central element of EFI, high pressure fuel pumps, fuel injectors and sensors of various types.


Gavin Brett - Chief Executive Officer and Director, Currawong Engineering

Gavin Brett

Chief Executive Officer and Director – Currawong Engineering
Gavin is the founder, Chief Executive Officer and the principal development engineer for Currawong Engineering. Gavin’s particular skill is his ability to work in multiple engineering disciplines, an area of expertise that is extremely relevant to the mechatronic products that are designed and manufactured at Currawong Engineering. Read full Bio


Cobra Aero

Cobra Aero - Your one-stop partner for all your power and propulsion needs

Cobra Aero was established in 2012 for the purpose of creating a safer, more connected world through the precise application of advanced engine technology. With our unique combination of deep engine design expertise, world class development facilities, and top-notch manufacturing capabilities, Cobra Aero is your one-stop partner for all of your power and propulsion needs.


Sean Hilbert

Sean Hilbert

President – Cobra Aero
Sean is responsible for all P&L at Cobra Group as well as future product strategy. Sean managed powertrain integration for hybrid systems at Ford Motor Company, was the Ford liason to Yamaha for all direct injection engine platforms and winner of NFS ‘Award for Creativity in Engineering’ for advancing the state of the art on in-cylinder flow measurements of two-stroke engines. Read full Bio