Zurich, 24 April 2018: Wingtra, the Swiss professional VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) drone manufacturer, appointed Cyril Halter as the new COO. Cyril Halter will be taking over Wingtra’s operations with a focus on the industrialisation and the ramp up of production to enable forecasted triple digit growth over the next years.
Cyril Halter commented on his new position: “Wingtra inspired me with its technologically outstanding VTOL system and the passionate team behind the company’s wheel. I have followed their work for a long time and believe that Wingtra has a huge potential to grow even further. Wingtra’s successful market entry last year, fundraising, and rapid international growth were a clear incentive for me to get on board and push the industrialisation process”.
Maximilian Boosfeld, the co-founder and previous COO at Wingtra, is handing over the COO role to Cyril Halter and planning to focus further on business development at Wingtra. Boosfeld commented that the onboarding of Halter is a huge opportunity that couldn’t be missed. “With the launch of the high-precision drone WingtraOne PPK, Wingtra team expects to become the most desired drone in high precision surveying and mapping applications. Cyril Halter is exactly the person we need to help us reach this goal. His tremendous industry experience will definitely be put to a good use here at Wingtra.”
The WingtraOne VTOL design that attracted Halter, is exceptional in the industry. WingtraOne takes-off and lands as a multicopter but flies in the air as a fixed wing drone. VTOL technology eliminates the risk of damaging the aircraft while landing, lets the drone carry heavier and thus better sensors (e.g. 42 MP Sony RX1RII) and still allows mapping of large areas. With the latest upgrade, WingtraOne PPK drone offers a combination of large coverage, ultra-high resolution and accuracy down to 1 cm. WingtraOne is also the very first VTOL drone to be equipped with professional aerial photography sensors.
About Cyril Halter
Before joining Wingtra’s operations, Cyril Halter had co-founded Sensefly back in 2009 — a professional drone company based in Switzerland. Halter holds an MSc in Physics from EPFL (Federal Polytechnical University of Lausanne) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Flight Dynamics from Cranfield University. As an active fixed-wing and rotary pilot, he holds a commercial pilot’s license and has served as a helicopter Flight Test Engineer for the Swiss government.
In 2012, Halter graduated from the Empire Test Pilot School (ETPS) in Boscombe Down, UK. Additionally he brings extensive business development experience, having driven the infrared business of Vectronix for several years.
Headquartered in Zurich, Wingtra manufactures professional VTOL drones for surveying, mining and agricultural applications. Since its foundation in 2016, Wingtra has grown to become an international company with distribution partners in 6 continents, 1000+ customer flights and ~40 dedicated employees. For more information please visit www.wingtra.com.