I am striving to build a company that reflects the values that my co-founders and I hold dear. We will do this by applying our technology to use-cases that save lives, property, and the environment.
Whether it is making firefighting safer and more effective, delivering supplies after a natural disaster, performing search and rescue, or bringing medical supplies to a remote village, our technology can be used to save lives in life or death situations.
As I write this letter, I am evacuated with my family, and firefighters on the CZU Complex fire are fighting to save my home and community. Over the past twenty years, wildfires have been getting steadily worse, but 2017 was a tipping point with the devastating fires in Santa Rosa and Ventura, CA. Then the 2018 fire season came. The Camp Fire destroyed the entire town of Paradise, CA - it killed 86 people and destroyed 18,804 structures. There was also the Mendicino Complex fire which burned almost half a million acres. In 2020, the August Lightning Complex fires burned more than 3 million acres in Northern California - the worst wildfires in the state’s history. This is not to mention the massive wildfires in Greece, Alaska, Australia and the Amazon. Parallel Flight Technologies is committed to developing new solutions to this worldwide problem.
Ok, I admit it. I am green at heart! That's why I spent 5 years developing energy efficient power systems for fishing boats in Alaska, and why I joined Tesla in 2015 to lead the electrical engineering efforts for the Tesla semi truck. One of my core values is building technologies that reduce carbon emissions. So, why am I building a hybrid aircraft? Doesn't hybrid still mean petrol powered? In the case of firefighting, gasoline is the best option because it is already part of the firefighting supply chain. However, I am committed to carbon neutral fuels for all applications that are not life-critical.
I hope you will join us on this exciting journey to save lives, property, and the environment!
Joshua Resnick, CEO - Parallel Flight Technologies