In 2002, I met a pilot from Alaska Airlines who had an idea about modernizing navigation. He had been flying into Juneau Alaska aboard a $50 million airplane that knew it's position plus or minus a couple feet, yet was required to navigate using AM radio transmitters on the ground.
So, together with another Alaska Airlines captain, we founded Naverus, Inc. In leading Naverus, I had the unique privilege of combining a lifelong love of flying with an engineering vocation that made a difference.
One cool experience from that company was being in the cockpit of the first ever Airbus landing in Lhasa, Tibet (runway elevation 11,700').
Naverus' technology is deployed mostly outside the US in China, Australasia, and South America. The company was acquired by GE Aviation Systems in 2009.