Top Flight Announces New Company Advisors Driving Innovation and Business Development for Long-Range, Enhanced-Payload UAV Solutions

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Tak Miyata, Scrum Ventures, Joi Ito, MIT Media Lab Director, and James Blom, Strategic Corporate Development, joins Top Flight’s Company Advisory Team

Boston-based Top Flight Technologies, Inc. (, an innovative provider of extended flight, enhanced payload, hybrid-propulsion commercial UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) hardware and autopilot control products, has added three new strategic Company Advisors with the focus of driving application innovation and global business development activities. Tak Miyata from Scrum Ventures, Joi Ito, MIT Media Lab Director, along with James Blom, a seasoned Corporate Development executive, join the advisory team which also includes a stellar team of MIT and other commercial aerospace company advisors.

“The burgeoning commercial UAV marketplace is now realizing the importance of long-duration, high-payload UAVs; our core focus at Top Flight Technologies,” said Dr. Long Phan, CEO & President of Top Flight Technologies. “Each of these individuals has long-standing relationships with business partners and prospective customers that create global markets using new technologies and will absolutely benefit from utilizing Top Flight’s Hybrid Propulsion technology based UAVs.”

The company has already demonstrated the Airborg UAV with hybrid propulsion system with over 2 hours of flight time on a single gallon of gasoline at several robotic events this past year. The UAV development program is currently in application-specific customer beta trials.

Tak Miyata is General Partner at Scrum Ventures. To promote awareness of technology and startup culture in Asia, Tak collaborates with media companies and events, such as, TechCrunch Japan, and B Dash Camp. Previously, he has had an international experience in the IT industry both as an entrepreneur and as a senior executive. At Top Flight, Tak is instrumental in advising the Company with customer and business partnerships throughout Asia.

Joichi "Joi" Ito has been recognized for his work as an activist, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and advocate of emergent democracy, privacy, and Internet freedom. As Director of the MIT Media Lab, he is currently exploring how radical new approaches to science and technology can transform society in substantial and positive ways. Ito has served as both board chair and CEO of Creative Commons, and sits on the boards of Sony Corporation, Knight Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The New York Times Company, and The Mozilla Foundation.

James Blom during the past two decades has worked extensively in a corporate development in the high-tech industry (cloud computing, network security, supply chain visibility, asset tracking, data centers and enterprise computing) throughout Asia, Europe and North America. He has made a name for himself principally because of the innovative technology partnerships and alliances he has originated and developed as well as his expertise in product marketing and product development. With a twenty-five year background in supply chain systems and critical infrastructure protection and visibility, Mr. Blom's clients today are focused on disruptive "data services" for governments, telecommunications and industrial transportation networks.

Top Flight has been in on the ground floor with meeting and exceeding FAA and other similar regulatory organizations designing UAV solutions that can fly consistently and safely. A key element of the company’s focus is with corporate clients and its customer beta program is designed for redundancy, intelligence and backup processes that are integrated into the hardware and operations for each application-specific UAV solution while largely based on an open-framework platform.

Top Flight is pleased to have been named by DataFox Digest as one of the Top 7 Boston-Area Startups to Watch in 2016.

About Top Flight
Top Flight Technologies is cost-effectively advancing the safety and automation of UAVs for commercial service-specific applications. Leveraging hi-tech engineering, software technology innovation and know-how from MIT, Draper Laboratory, FAA, aerospace, aviation and military applications, Top Flight is delivering new industrial grade “service class” UAV products and complete industry solutions for aerial imaging, inspection, remote sensing and live object tracking in new cost-effective ways. Top Flight’s Hybrid Propulsion Engine™ has a demonstrated world record of 2.5+ hours with 1 gallon of gasoline and opens the doors to enhanced endurance, and extended payload business applications. For more information visit


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