The Future

-We are revolutionizing the helicopter and drone industry.

Zummo Flight Technologies, led by our founder and CEO Robert Zummo, is developing a groundbreaking helicopter design, based on breakthrough disruptive technology. We are engineering the world’s best performing light helicopters and drones in terms of payload, range, fuel efficiency and maintenance costs.

Zummo Flight Technologies will have less moving parts which increases safety therefore reduces training cost for pilots and engineers in comparison with today’s conventional helicopters. Furthermore, our helicopters/drones technology can be scaled to any size.

Find out how our technology works, what patents we hold and why the time is right for a revolution in the helicopter and drone industry.

Zummo Flight Technologies is pioneering human-centered design for simplicity, safety and optimal performance in helicopter flight and drone technology.
Old school business models are ripe for disruption and Zummo is forging a new frontier. Join us as we show the world how simple flight can actually be.

innovative to the core

Our DNA is made up of superior innovation and sophisticated simplicity. All of our designs are geared toward human experience and redefining access to flying.

pushing boundaries

At Zummo simplicity and safety are the cornerstones of our business model. We eliminate unnecessarily complicated systems to increase payload and distance and reduce cost.

ease of use

A helicopter doesn’t have to be complicated. Our patented technologies allow us to eliminate 50% of all moving parts in the overall system while increasing overall performance.

reduces risk

Human-centered design is the basis of our technologies. By reducing the challenging effects of torque, an operator can feel more in control and confident.

THE OPPORTUNITY AHEAD

Between now and 2020, we forecast a $100 billion market opportunity for drones— helped by growing demand from the commercial and civil government sectors. Drones got their start as safer, cheaper and often more capable alternatives to manned military aircraft. Defense will remain the largest market for the foreseeable future as global competition heats up and technology continues to improve. The consumer drone market was the first to develop outside the military.

Demand has taken off in the last two years and hobbyist drones have become a familiar sight, but there is plenty of room for growth. The fastest growth opportunity comes from businesses and civil governments. They’re just beginning to explore the possibilities, but we expect they’ll spend $13 billion on drones between now and 2020, putting thousands of them in the sky.

Here’s where you might see them. Drones got their start as safer, cheaper and often more capable alternatives to manned military aircraft. Defense will remain the largest market for the foreseeable future as global competition heats up and technology continues to improve.

Source: Goldman Sachs Research

The Team

Zummo is spearheaded by Robert, Michael, Lisa and Philip, all with their own unique and vital contribution to what makes Zummo the ground-breaking organisation that it is today. With over 100 years combined experience they have all of the knowledge and skills required to launch the future of flight technology worldwide.

Robert A. Zummo

Chairman and Founder

Robert has over 40 years in aerospace, automotive and defense industries. He’s visionary, and highly skilled in operations management, fund raising and equity financing. Recognized for his creative abilities to structure deals, streamline operations and increase profit margins, Robert is experienced in multiple company launches, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate buyouts.

Lisa Roulette

CEO

Lisa has over 20 years in the automotive, aerospace and defense industries, and leads teams through strategic planning, budget development and bid preparation. She has a strong track record overseeing business development, as shown in her contributions to organizations’ revenue and growth. She is an exceptional leader with interpersonal and entrepreneurial management style.

Michael Schifsky

Senior Financial Advisor

With 30 years of financial and operational management experience, Michael has served as Chief Financial Officer of both public and private companies. He also played a key role in the early phase of an acquisition program that propelled Airgas, Inc. from a $200 million company, to a highly successful $5.5 billion NYSE traded global industrial gas supplier.

John DeStories

Operations Manager

John has over 30 years experience in aircraft development and inspection. He is an expert operator of CNC equipment and tooling as well as advanced inspection specialist. John has worked closely with the Federal Aviation Administration as a compliance specialist for industry. He is highly skilled rapid prototype development for fixed wing and rotorcraft technologies and is recognized for his critical thinking as it pertains to pilot safety.

Philip Pang

President Asia Pacific Operations

Kellogg MBA graduate Philip is an accomplished global executive with 26 years of experience in Automotive, Manufacturing, Defense, General Aviation and Consulting. He has an outstanding track record in General Aviation, Manufacturing Operations Management, Business Development, International Sales and Marketing. His experience spans North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.

Our mission is to provide the world ingenious flight technologies that increase safety and decrease cost across the commercial and military sectors.

Robert A. Zummo

Drones

Like the internet and GPS before them, drones are evolving beyond their military origin to become powerful business tools. They’ve already made the leap to the consumer market, and now they’re being put to work in commercial and civil government applications from firefighting to farming. That’s creating a market opportunity that’s too large to ignore.

Source: Goldman Sachs Research

The Zummo Story

In July 2008 Robert Zummo traveled to San Diego to visit Frank Verbeke, a specialist in Turbine Engineering. Frank had previously come up with an idea to design a small 200 HP turbine engine that could be used to retrofit piston-driven helicopters. Piston-driven helicopters are traditionally fraught with maintenance problems, with downtime of around 70%, and this retrofit sought to improve this.

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Robert visited San Diego to see if what Frank had developed was feasible. But instead Frank told him that he had something much more interesting to take a look at, and left Robert alone in a conference room with a DVD player.

Robert watched a video was of helicopters flying with no tail booms or tail rotors. And he was stunned. These helicopters were doing maneuvers that were impossible for any conventional helicopter to achieve. Frank then told him about the original prototype.

Back in the early 1980s, Frank had been the principal Propulsion Engineer for a company called Voljet International, who were funded from the Middle East. Voljet were based in California and Arizona and had developed three different-sized prototype Air Pressure Jet helicopters, proving that the concept worked. It was hoped that their findings would ultimately bring the APJ (air pressure jet) technology into the mainstream, both commercial and military.

According to Frank, the group had invested around $30M to design and build the three prototypes: a single-seat, a two-seat, and a four-seat helicopter. However, they encountered many technical problems, in particular leaky rotor head seals that caused significant fuel efficiency problems.

As a result, the company burnt through their funds, and continued to ask their investors for more. Eventually the investors refused to provide additional funds, but they had still owed Verbeke approximately $500,000. For this debt, Frank had been allowed to retain all the data, including drawings, specifications, quality control data, and flight test data.

Frank then took Robert to his warehouse, where he had stored around fifty boxes of technical data and drawings, along with the prototype helicopter. Robert asked why Frank hadn’t approached one of the big helicopter companies to sell the technology or get funds to further its development, and he told him:

“The big helicopter companies like Boeing, Sikorsky, and Eurocopter make their money on complexity. They maybe only just break even on unit sales but make up any loss and then make significant profit on long-term maintenance and spare parts contracts. Air pressure (reaction jet) technology obviously didn’t fit their business model because it’s too simple”

Robert borrowed Frank’s DVD and showed several pilots and engineers, all of whom were impressed. As a result he decided to restart the project and apply some of the significant advancements in materials since it had begun. In doing so, he managed to solve the fuel efficiency problems, enabling him to market it to investors as a simpler, safer and cheaper alternative to conventional helicopters.

Robert purchased all the data from Frank and formed a team to revalidate the fundamental technology and create new ways to improve fuel efficiency, range, and payload. This resulted in a technology that will revolutionize the worldwide rotorcraft industry, and make conventional helicopters as we know them a thing of the past.

Our vision

The future of flight will be shaped by simplicity and safety of our technology, allowing more people to fly helicopters and transport cargo by drones. Zummo Flight technology will allow greater access to the increased high demand from the military, corporations and leisure users.