Ed Iacobucci, Vern Raburn
Iacobucci: CEO, DayJet; Raburn: CEO, Eclipse Aviation
Why they matter: This year marks the dawn of the air taxi era, thanks in no small part to the efforts of Iacobucci and Raburn. The two computer industry veterans -- Iacobucci co-founded Citrix Systems, while Raburn used to work for Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen -- could revolutionize commercial aviation.
In April, Raburn's Eclipse Aviation got final go-ahead from the FAA to begin full-scale production of its five-seat jets, 309 of which are slated to go to Iacobucci's air taxi startup, DayJet, in the next two years. The combination will enable small groups of passengers to fly to and from small cities for slightly more than a typical business-class fare.