Christopher R. Beskar is the founder, Chairman and CEO of Stavatti Aerospace, Ltd. The creative force driving Team Stavatti, Chris is responsible for the design of its aircraft, as well as the company’s strategic direction. A vocal advocate for Close Air Support (CAS), Chris is responsible for the SM-27 Turboprop and SM-28 Turbofan Machete all-weather attack aircraft.
Revolutionizing aerospace, in concert with the Machete family, Chris is spear-heading next generation aircraft projects including the SM-39 Razor Air Dominance Fighter, the SM-36 Stalma Multi-Role Fighter, the SM-100 Transport and other aircraft as private sector sponsored, IR&D commercial programs. Committed to dramatically reducing the cost of general aviation while increasing aircraft utility and cabin comfort, Chris is also concentrating upon new private aircraft that are affordable to own and operate.
Flying since the age of nine, Chris was introduced to aviation by his father, a commercially rated flight instructor and Alaskan Bush Pilot. Designing his first airplane while in the eighth grade, by the tenth grade Chris had submitted an unsolicited proposal for an advanced fifth generation fighter aircraft to a DoD user agency. The positive reception resulting from that proposal launched his career in the field of military aircraft design before he graduated high school. Culminating in a multi-year experimental demonstrator aircraft project, this effort formed the foundation for future Stavatti combat aircraft designs.
Chris attended the University of Wisconsin-River Falls where he earned a BS in Physics and a Minor in History. While a sophomore he founded Stavatti Corporation to design and produce tomorrow’s military, commercial, and general aviation aircraft as well as manned space vehicles. In 1995 while a junior in college he established Stavatti Reconnaissance Systems (SRS) as a division of Stavatti to satisfy special access/compartmentalized contracts focused on Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft in support of a defense intelligence customer. In 1996, while a University Senior, Chris was the Grand Prize Winner for the NASA Tech Briefs Technology Transfer-Letter Writing Contest which focused upon the transfer of NASA spin-off technology to private industry.
Upon graduation, Chris joined Stavatti full-time. In April of 2014 Chris reorganized the company, founding Stavatti Aerospace Ltd. Chris is currently the CEO and Chief Designer for Stavatti Aerospace. Initially concentrating upon air defense fighters, Stavatti’s focus has broadened to include the diverse array of new designs now under development today forming the basis of an enterprise that will last generations to come. Chris is pioneering innovative approaches to controlled high temperature fusion and is laying the foundation to establish shipyards to produce manned interplanetary and interstellar spacecraft.
Chris has been a member of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) where he was the youngest member of the Technical Management Committee and served as the Chairman of the Awards Subcommittee for the Hap Arnold and Von Braun Awards for Excellence in Aerospace Program Management from 2002 through 2013. Chris has also been a member of the AFA, EAA, AOPA, Society of Physics Students and other associations. As a private pilot, Chris has over 2,000 hours in various aircraft.
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