Colonel Zastrow appointed to Bye Aerospace’s Board of Directors

Published: Friday, September 11, 2020

Colonel Rod Zastrow (USAF, Ret.), senior international pilot and maintenance training executive, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Bye Aerospace, which is developing the FAA FAR 23-certified eFlyer family of all-electric aircraft.

“It is quite an honor to welcome Rod to our Board of Directors,” said George Bye, CEO of Bye Aerospace. “Following his retirement from his many years of service, including as an Air Force pilot, to our country, Rod led the establishment of a leading international military flight training academy, and led international business development for one of the earliest flight school supporters of our eFlyer program. Pilot training is one of our key markets, and Rod’s knowledge as a pilot and as a flight school executive will bring an important balance to our Board.”

Zastrow has served in the Air Force for 26 years. He began his career as an F-15 air superiority pilot, then graduated from USAF Weapons School and flew combat missions with and advised the Royal Saudi Air Force during Operation Desert Storm. Later assignments included serving as the commander of a 24 F-15 squadron, deputy commander of a 72-fighter aircraft flying operation at RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom, the vice commander of Ramstein Airbase, Germany’s 435th Air Base Wing and commander of an  F-15, KC-135, and HH-60 air defense unit in Iceland.

In 2000, he was the Department of Defence’s lead coordinator for hosting the Group of Eight Summit in Nago, Japan. He also led NATO’s integration of the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland air forces to air defence standards, and served as the senior US representative to and director of staff of NATO’s senior air headquarters in Germany, supporting NATO air operations in Afghanistan.

Before retiring in 2010, Zastrow served as Chief of Staff of the Air Force’s senior representative to the US Army War College and as lead policy advisor on air superiority aircraft and weapons for the Secretary of Defence. He has a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering, an MBA (aviation focus), and a second master’s degree in strategic studies. Currently, Zastrow is serving as President and COO of Spartan Iraq, LLC, and President of its parent company, Spartan Global Aviation Training, LLC.