Joe Caravella, Jr. is your go-to person for roadable aircraft expertise!

Wide range of applied experience:

  • Basic aerodynamic design and performance analysis
  • System engineering - how various requirements influence component and system specifications
  • System/operational analysis - how the subsystems interact and perform in both transportation modes
  • Knowledge of regulatory space both on the ground and in the air
  • Detail design (form, fit and function, solid modeling, drafting and GD&T)
  • Basic and detailed structural analysis including optimization (classical methods, spreadsheets and FEA)
  • Torsional resonance model and design tool for unique power plant installations


Academic and professional credentials:

  • BS/MS Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering, Purdue University
  • 10 year veteran of rocket propulsion industry
  • 8 years developing actual roadable aircraft hardware
  • Key milestones:
    • registered a roadable aircraft with the California DMV,
    • driven prototype 1200+ miles on public roads as of April 2015,
    • successfully demonstrated single, motorcycle based, power plant for road and air operations


Professional presentations:

  • SAE AeroTech Speaker - 2015 (scheduled), 2013, 2011
  • EAA AirVenture Forum Speaker - 2015 (scheduled), 2012, 2010 and 2009
  • AIAA Los Angeles Speaker - 2013, 2012
  • DARPA Transformer Partnering Workshop Poster - 2010
  • EAA GoldenWest Forum Speaker - 2009