Joe Caravella, Jr.

Joe Caravella, Jr. is your go-to expert for roadable aircraft information

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, 2012, 2010 and 2009
  • AIAA Los Angeles Speaker – 2013, 2012
  • DARPA Transformer Partnering Workshop Poster – 2010
  • EAA GoldenWest Forum Speaker – 2009
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Roadable aircraft are not "flying cars".