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Episode 46 – Reinventing Sea Travel with Billy Thalheimer of REGENT


with Billy Thalheimer

January 5, 2023

42 minutes

In the 46th episode of IoT Podcast: Over the Air, Ryan Prosser, CEO of Very, is joined by Billy Thalheimer, Co-Founder and CEO at REGENT. They discuss how REGENT came into being, the concept behind their design, and how they will change the face of transportation when launched. They discuss noise pollution and how REGENT intends to rectify it through innovation. They also talk about the meaning of β€˜moonshot’ and what makes the seaglider an example of moonshot technology. Seagliders are a combination of boats and planes which can travel by sea and air. It is widely believed that they can solve transportation issues from noise pollution to ease of movement.

Billy Thalheimer is an engineer with expertise in leading all aspects of aircraft development. He worked at Aurora Flight Sciences before founding the REGENT company. During his time at Aurora Flight Sciences, Billy was responsible for developing new programs in vehicle design and technology maturation to support Aurora/Boeing’s portfolio of future air mobility solutions. He led technical program execution, financial management, and strategy for eVTOL aircraft programs, and worked as an air vehicle conceptual design engineer. He is the brains behind the seagliders.

Billy has overseen the growth of the company to over thirty employees and of the commercial backlog to over $7B in seaglider orders and raised over $30M from world-class investors like Founders Fund, Mark Cuban, and Peter Thiel. REGENT is an IoT company that uses technology to innovate a hybrid plane to move in both water and air.

They cover:

πŸ‘‰ [02:11] What REGENT is doing differently concerning transportation  

πŸ‘‰ [03:18] REGENT as a moonshot company 

πŸ‘‰ [04:47] The goal of the seaglider 

πŸ‘‰ [09:00] Designing of the seaglider from start to finish

πŸ‘‰ [15:07] Conserving energy via battery power 

πŸ‘‰ [16:02] Raising money in a venture-backed startup to the tune of $7 billion 

πŸ‘‰ [24:16] Solving the noise problem

πŸ‘‰ [32:51] Challenges with seagliders  

πŸ‘‰ [35:40] REGENT’s future 

πŸ‘‰ [37:29] The science behind hydrofoil technology

If you’re interested in discovering how REGENT is building the next-generation means of transportation, tune into the 46th episode of IoT Podcast: Over the Air.

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Hosted by: Ryan Prosser

CEO at Very

As Very's CEO, Ryan collaborates daily with product, sales, and marketing to deliver the IoT solutions our clients look for. He is also a champion for our culture, fostering transparency and efficiency across our distributed team.