Ryan Ehinger V-280 Valor Program Manager Bell


Ryan Ehinger
Ryan Ehinger is the Program Manager for the Bell V-280 Valor Joint Multirole Technology Demonstrator, winner of the 2018 Aviation Week Defense Technology Laureate Award, 2019 Vertical Flight Society Grover E. Bell award, and Popular Science’s “Best of What’s New”. He joined Bell in 2004.

Prior to taking his current position, Ryan had been a member of the V-280 Valor team through their Proposal, PDR, CDR, and First Flight Milestones in both IPT Manager and Chief Engineer roles.

Before joining the V-280 team in 2013 he served as the Program and Technology Manager for the Army/Bell Future Advanced Rotorcraft Drive System (FARDS) program. He also served as industry lead for the National Rotorcraft Technology Center – Vertical Lift Consortium drive systems technology area.

As a member of the Vertical Flight Society, Ryan was Chairman of the 2012 and 2013 Propulsion Technical Committee and has authored/co-authored 16 technical papers. He was awarded the society’s François-Xavier Bagnoud award in 2008 for contributions to the rotorcraft industry by a member under the age of 35.

Ryan earned his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in Engineering Management from Southern Methodist University.

Ryan holds nine patents and has several patents pending.