If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to jump off of a mountain and glide uninhibited across the sky, today’s guest is bringing you one step closer to that reality. He believes that the current transportation options available limit our movement by confining us to land. Why drive when we could be flying?
My guest today is Ephi Blanshey. He’s the younger half of the father and son duo behind Blanshey Aviation. They’re currently designing an electric propulsion system to improve the experience of lightweight flying for hang gliding machines.
In today’s episode, we’ll learn about the origins of these design ideas that originated with Ephi’s father, Vladimir. We’ll also talk about the reasons they’ve moved away from a combustion engine model, and how the newer electric engines benefit the design. Ephi tells us about their CAD design and 3D printing tools, and names some of the helpful forums he’s found for anyone out there interested in using Solid Edge. Are you ready to take to the skies and enter the next generation of mobility?
Listen to this episode of Startups: Digitalization to Realization to learn more about the innovation concept, Ephi’s advice for startups, and the role that Siemens played in helping Blanshey in taking off the ultralight flights from the idea of father and son. We will deep dive on the process of how Blanshey Aviation design and define the product’s vision. We also will capture the practical steps that Ephi and his father taking to make that vision reality.
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Guest: Ephi Blanshey – Co-owner of Blanshey Aviation
Ephi is an entrepreneur, CAD designer, product developer, and web developer whose interests include aviation, tinkering with code, and self-development. He started coding in 9th grade and found a passion for the world of startups. His latest venture is the creation of an electric ultralight “hang glider” trike with his father. When he finds time away from work, he enjoys walking his dogs, hang gliding, and playing basketball.
Connect with Ephi Blanshey: blanshey.com
Host: John Fox: Vice President of Marketing, Mainstream Engineering, Siemens Digital Industries Software
John Fox is Vice President of Marketing at Siemens Digital Industries Software. With previous roles at PTC and Accenture, he has more than 20 years of experience helping companies of all sizes—including startups—develop better products faster and more efficiently with the help of technology. John has a master’s degree in business administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania
Startups: Digitalization to Realization Podcast
Startups: Digitalization to Realization is a podcast series where we interview startup owners about their journey to turn their idea into a reality and become the next industry leaders. Launching a startup is never an easy road. In this series, you will hear startup owners tell their story about how they got started, what inspires them, and how they are always striving to solve their challenges. Some startups were born in the pandemic and some are changing to adapt this uncertain time. All of them have a great story to tell.