Morgan Aircraft takes off with new technology

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Morgan Aircraft takes off with new technology



Brian Morgan and Mark O
Brian Morgan and Mark O'Halloran of Morgan Aircraft in Oostburg recently spoke to LTC students, instructors and staff as part of the college's Distinguished Leader Lecture series.


Brian Morgan is a passionate inventor. Mark O'Halloran is a seasoned businessman. Put them together and you have an innovative company destined for success. Morgan and O'Halloran, president and CEO respectively of Morgan Aircraft in Oostburg, recently spoke at Lakeshore Technical College's Cleveland campus as part of LTC's Distinguished Leader Lecture series.

The technology behind Morgan Aircraft has been on Brian Morgan's drawing board for more than two decades.

"I've had the vision for over 20 years, now it's time to make that dream come true," Morgan said. "Our aircraft combines jet-speed forward flight with the ability to land in a parking lot."

Morgan Aircraft is bringing to market a revolutionary vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) corporate aircraft termed "the Morgan."

"It will give business travelers the freedom to take off and land anywhere as well as the speed and reach of a jet. In many applications it could replace the helicopter," O'Halloran said. "We believe this could be what is called a 'disruptive technology,' a technology that could completely alter the aviation industry and change the playing field forever."

For 90 percent of business travel—a $22 billion industry—the Morgan would get executives to their destinations faster than traditional methods, be more fuel efficient, and get business travelers closest to where they want to go.

Although the Morgan is a new concept, O'Halloran emphasized that his company's concept is a proven one. The next step, he said, is to engineer and build a full-size aircraft.

"The biggest difference between our aircraft and a fixed wing aircraft is that ours allows you to take off and land on a spot—you just need the corner of the parking lot," said O'Halloran. "In addition, in simulator modeling, our aircraft is easier to handle than a helicopter."

Both Morgan and O'Halloran are private pilots who can appreciate the ease of flying that their aircraft will offer. Brian is an experienced mechanical engineer with a private pilot's license. Mark, who has grown a number of new companies in his career, just got his pilot's license.

As a native of the Sheboygan area, Morgan decided to launch his company close to home because of all the benefits the area has to offer.

"Sheboygan consistently ranks as a top place to live and the state offers great corporate incentives," Morgan said."We're getting ready to move the company from Oostburg to the Sheboygan County Airport."

LTC Dean of Student Services Scott Lieburn has seen an increase in the number of Iraqi War veterans enrolling at LTC. He asked Morgan and O'Halloran if these students—disciplined and experienced around aircraft—would be a good fit for Morgan Aircraft. The pair noted that they'd need 2,000 employees, many with the skills of the population Lieburn mentioned, to build-up their company in the next five years.

O'Halloran added that the company will need hundreds of highly-skilled employees to build aircraft, work in IT and sales, and generally support the company. According to O'Halloran, collaboration with LTC will help prepare this workforce. He said his company is excited about LTC pulling a team together to help with this effort.

"We'll turn to LTC to give area workers the skills they need to help us deliver aircraft to customers by 2014," he said.

Morgan Aircraft's lecture was the second in the 2008-09 series that brings area leaders to the campus to talk to students, faculty, and staff about their organization's efforts and the impact on the community.

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Lakeshore Technical College is a leading provider of technical education offering 100 career programs including associate degrees, technical diplomas, technical certificates, and apprenticeship programs. In addition, LTC offers distance learning, customized training to business and industry, and continuing educational opportunities.

Serving a 200,500-resident population in east central Wisconsin, LTC operates a main campus in Cleveland; additional learning sites at LTC Manitowoc and LTC Sheboygan; Community Education Centers at area high schools in Kiel, Mishicot, Plymouth, Random Lake, Reedsville, and Two Rivers; and 27 distance learning sites. LTC’s mission is to enrich lives and strengthen the economy by preparing a workforce that is skilled, diverse and flexible. On average, 79% of LTC graduates work in the LTC District which includes Manitowoc and Sheboygan Counties, and parts of Calumet and Ozaukee Counties. Visit LTC at: