Ahead of the first outdoor flight of the Cargo Air Vehicle, or CAV, as intermittent storms delayed testing in 2019, Emily Schnieders experienced what would be her favorite moment: The rain stopped, the wind subsided and her team hustled to get the vehicle in the air.
Schnieders and her teammates grabbed leaf blowers, electric fans and brooms to prepare the launch area.
“We were all there working for the same goal,” said Schnieders, who was flight-test team lead. “We had the software subject matter expert pushing a broom. It was really cool to see the entire team have that sort of motivation and commitment.”
Schnieders now oversees all future mobility projects for Boeing NeXt, the company’s air mobility organization, as a cross-program integrator. She’s still bringing people and ideas together, only on a wider basis.
“It was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down,” she said. “I’m developing a new set of skills in finance, contracts and strategy. Some of my flight-test skills prepared me for this.”
After spending a year as a systems integrator and helping conduct flight tests, Emily was asked to be the CAV flight-test lead. The vehicle someday may make deliveries to places as remote as a mountaintop or an oil rig, and she’ll help it get there.
“It is clear that this technology will one day enter our lives,” Schnieders said. “Because this is the future — the future of mobility.”