The companies site used to operate under this logo
Previously this website belonged to Groen Brothers Aviation Inc, a public company which was founded in 1986 and has since been using this domain, but in 2012, a new private company was Groen Aeronautics Corporation acquired all the assets of the company. That could be possibly the reason why the domain was subsequently dropped shortly after the acquisition.
Groen Brothers Aviation, Inc. (GBA) was engaged in the business of designing and developing new high performance gyroplanes using advanced technology and modern aerospace design methods. GBA was headed by its founder brothers, Jay and David Groen, who were Chairman and President & CEO respectively. They were supported by highly experienced aviation executives in key roles. GBA’s Corporate Headquarters were located in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, with its manufacturing facility on the same site. GBA also operated a flight test and R&D facility in Buckeye, Arizona, near Phoenix.
Since its inception, GBA had been involved in an extensive research program in the design, engineering, development, testing and marketing of gyroplane and gyrodyne aircraft. As a result GBA had successfully developed innovative technology that had brought autorotative flight into the modern age.
Groen Brothers Aviation, Inc. was a fully-reporting publicly held corporation, registered in the State of Utah. It had been traded over-the-counter on the OTC Bulletin Board since 1990 under the stock symbol “GNBA.”
Below is some information about the brothers that I obtained from the wayback machine.
In addition to his Chairman of the Board duties, Jay Groen is currently based in Washington D.C., representing Groen Brothers Aviation’s interests to Congress and the Pentagon. Amongst his many success, GBA has received special recognition by the US Senate’s Homeland Defense Industries Small Business Development Program and by the Aerospace Industries Association who published in their 2002 annual report that, “What the Wright Brothers have done for fixed wing aviation, the Groen Brothers are doing for rotor-wing aviation.” A very fine complement indeed, from the nation’s most important organization representing the interest of the aerospace industry.
Before Jay and his brother David formed GBA, Jay Groen co-founded Seagull Recycling Company, an organization that developed an original supply of secondary paper fiber for sale to domestic and Far East markets. Prior to this business venture, he was the President of China West, Inc., a Washington D.C. based organization representing U.S. firms in the Peoples Republic of China. In this role, Mr. Groen negotiated joint venture and trade agreements in such diverse industries as machine building, petroleum, coal, agriculture, light manufacturing, handicrafts, and forest products.
Early in his career, Mr. Groen spent ten years as an Economist for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) doing original research on Asia, with a particular interest on the People’s Republic of China. As part of his responsibilities with the CIA, Mr. Groen prepared written and oral briefs for the White House staff and members of Congress, and lectured at the National War College. Mr. Groen served in the U.S. Air Force as a Chinese Linguist in both Vietnam and Asia, logging more than 100 combat missions in a special airborne intelligence function.
Mr. Groen is the co-author, along with his brother David, of a best selling book entitled Huey, a novel about the Vietnam War. He has also published several other writings including: 1) “The Sweet and Sour China Market”, China Under Four Modernizations; and, 2) “Buying from China”, U.S.-China Economic Relations: A reappraisal.
Mr. Groen has an M.A. in Economics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, a B.A. in Economics from the University of Utah and a Language Certificate in Mandarin Chinese from Yale University. A private pilot with a practical background in aeronautical design, Mr. Groen has added much innovation to the Hawk Gyroplane.
President & CEO
As a founder of Groen Brothers Aviation, David Groen has performed in an executive management role for twenty years, nearly a decade and a half of which as its President & CEO. David and his brother Jay grew the company from just the two of them in 1986 to more than 130 people by 2001, all the while developing and re-discovering the science of autorotative flight. They have weathered the sever economic down turn cause by the “Tech Sector” crash made even worse by the events of 9/11, and yet continued moving the science forward. Following 9/11, the company experienced a reduction in its work force of more than 100 people through layoffs, but has now grown the company back to nearly 60 full time and part time employees divided between their Salt Lake City, Utah and Buckeye, Arizona facilities. They have brought the company to where it is now poised for great expansion while fully exploiting the marvelous technology of autorotative flight.
Immediately prior to forming Groen Brothers Aviation, David Groen was a founding partner and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Seagull Recycling Company. Previously, he has held numerous executive positions in the helicopter industry with Sales and Marketing, Safety Officer, Branch Manager, and Chief Pilot responsibilities.
Having extensive military and commercial experience in helicopters, Mr. Groen has logged over 7,000 hours in rotor-wing and fixed-wing aircraft. Mr. Groen received his Certificate of Graduation in 1970 from the U.S. Army Warrant Officer Flight Training School, was awarded Army Aviator Wings and promoted to the rank of Warrant Officer. As a combat helicopter pilot and Aircraft Commander in Vietnam, he flew hundreds of combat sorties. He is qualified as a pilot in most American and French helicopters, and has attended Aerospatiale factory schools.
Over the years, Mr. Groen’s numerous commercial helicopter missions have involved such work as EMS (emergency medical service hospital air ambulance), power line construction and patrol, topographical survey, USGS map making, wildlife management, predator control, heard management, back country tour guides, heli-skiing, forest fire fighting, long line seismic oil exploration, and wildcat on shore and off shore oil drilling operations.
These years of commercial flying, added to his tenure serving in management positions within the rotor-wing industry, gave Mr. Groen a wealth of management and leadership experience in a variety of related fields. David Groen is co-author, along with his brother Jay, of a best selling novel entitled Huey