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Sarasina Tuchen brings advanced aviation, GOV, industry expertise to ASKA’s Advisory Board

ASKA advisory board Sarasina Tuchen
Sarasina Tuchen

ASKA is delighted to announce that Sarasina Tuchen has joined our Advisory Board. Ms. Tuchen is a renowned expert in advanced aviation technologies, automation, autonomy, multimodal integration, and interoperability. She has more than 35 years of experience as a private industry executive and senior federal government official. She recently retired from federal service and served in the USDOT’s Highly Automated Systems Safety Center of Excellence as the lead of the automation strategy for the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) Interagency Working Group, which was implementing the AAM Coordination and Leadership Act (Public Law 117-203) in coordination with 22 other federal agencies.


She has regularly advised on policy and regulatory standards on automation and autonomy, and has been a keynote speaker, expert panelist, national working group member, principal author, and international conference technical chair on emerging multimodal, air transportation technologies, and standards.


Moreover, Ms. Tuchen was the USDOT’s onsite lead at the NASA Ames Research Center and her work highlighted the importance of multimodal integration for the success of integrating these new airspace vehicles that will complement and compete with surface transportation.


“This is an exciting time at ASKA, as we progress through flight testing and the FAA type certification process,” comments Guy Kaplinsky, Cofounder/CEO. “Sarasina’s appointment to our advisory board is an important new milestone, enabling us to gain valuable expertise on how to grow ASKA to the next level of success.”


“We resonate deeply with her vision that AAM cannot scale unless it makes the maximum use of existing infrastructure. ASKA™ A5 as a roadable electric-hybrid VTOL (Vertical and Takeoff and Landing) aircraft, is uniquely positioned to use the pre-existing charging stations and scale using over 5,000 underutilized airfields already available around us in the US,” states Maki Kaplinsky, Cofounder/Chair/COO. “We are thrilled that she has agreed to share her expertise with ASKA and help us to broaden our industry partnerships.”

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