Jetoptera is a pioneer in the development of highly capable unmanned and manned aircraft

Jetoptera is an aviation startup developing powerful UAVs and realistic flying cars to revolutionize the way we transport products and people. We have developed a distributed propulsion system and novel airframe to create an aircraft that is more efficient, lighter, and less complex than previous models. This design enables a host of unique abilities, including vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), high speeds up to 200 mph, significant payloads and range, and maneuverability.


Relief & Humanitarian Supplies
areas with potentially no electricity

Medicines in the Third World
areas with limited infrastructure

Search and Rescue
find and airlift to safety


Feeder network
replace human-piloted propeller fleet

Remote locations
over water, other inhospitable terrain

Last mile
rural areas initially


precision multi-spectral imaging

quickly inspect railroads, pipelines

Surveying and Mapping
create high resolutions maps


Deliver heavy items to forward positions

fly wounded soldier to treatment

quickly deploy and scan area of interest

General Aviation

Flying Car
take off from your roof top

Air Taxi
hail autonomous taxi

highly maneuverable aircraft

Our Team

Denis Dancanet, PhD
Chief Executive Officer

Denis Dancanet is CEO of Jetoptera. Previously, he had a career in quantitative finance. He was Partner at PDT Partners, a leading quantitative hedge fund, and Managing Director at Morgan Stanley. Denis has a PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University in the area of theory of programming languages. He triple majored in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. Denis is a private pilot and has had a lifelong interest in aviation.

Andrei Evulet, PhD
Chief Technology Officer

Andrei Evulet is an Aerospace engineer, with an extensive background in research and development, technology maturation, experimental proof of concept, and gas turbines. He spent 25 years combined in R&D and 14 years in Technology Groups at GE Global Research, GE Oil and Gas and GE Aviation, where he was the Technology Integration Leader and Technology Maturation Leader for the GE9X engine. BEng with Honors, Manchester University, MSc (Aerospace,) Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest, PhD, Rutgers University.

Simina Farcasiu, PhD
Chief Financial Officer

Simina Farcasiu is an entrepreneur in software, energy finance, and aerospace, with an extensive background in investment management, quantitative analytics, capital markets, and investment banking. Her early career was spent on Wall Street, at First Boston, Merrill Lynch and Bear Stearns. AB, Princeton University, summa cum laude (salutatorian).  PhD Westfield College, The University of London (Marshall Scholar).

Tyler Smallwood

Tyler Smallwood is an engineer working on both testing and product development at Jetoptera Inc. He has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College. Tyler has focused his studies on mechanical and design engineering, although he has worked on projects in other fields. Tyler has spent a year working with Intuitive Surgical in biomedical engineering, as well as a summer doing design and manufacturing for Carousel USA.

Patrick Ford, PHD
Chief Pilot/Test Director

Pat Ford is Jetoptera's consulting Chief Pilot/Test Director. He is a certificated Remote Pilot, Sport Pilot, and Advanced Ground Instructor with extensive testing experience with both manned and unmanned systems. His doctoral work culminated in the first COTS radar to be flown and tested on a UAS. Pat is a retired Naval Reserve officer; board member for the AUVSI (Cascade Chapter); adjunct Associate Professor of Space Studies for UND; and an independent aerospace science advisor/consultant/educator. He holds an MS in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota and a PhD in Applied Management and Decision Sciences from Walden University.