PRESS RELEASES

Reservation for 30 Sun Flyer 2's is Bye Aerospace’s Largest to Date:
Aspen Flying Club to Use Electric Trainers in Future Fleet

                               
DENVER, Colorado – August 13, 2018 – Bye Aerospace, the developer of the “Sun Flyer” family of high-tech all-electric airplanes, announced a 30-aircraft order from a large Colorado-based training fleet partner, Aspen Flying Club.

 

Aspen Flying Club, located near Bye Aerospace’s facilities at Centennial Airport, (KAPA), south of Denver, Colorado, has reserved 30 Sun Flyer 2 airplanes to use as trainers in its future fleet of aircraft.

 

George Bye, CEO of Bye Aerospace, said the partnership with Aspen Flying Club is a key step in the process to integrate the benefits of electric aviation at Centennial Airport, currently the second-busiest general aviation airport in the country. “The FAA-certified Sun Flyer’s low emission and noise signatures, in addition to its lower operating costs compared to traditional flight trainers, will be a significant benefit,” he said.

 

Other recent purchase deposits and reservations for Bye Aerospace’s Sun Flyer 2 and the four-seat “Sun Flyer 4” have been received from international customers in Norway, Israel, Hong Kong, New Zealand, British Columbia and Germany.

 

The Sun Flyer family of aircraft aim to be the first FAA-certified, U.S.-sponsored, practical, all-electric airplanes to serve the flight training and general aviation markets. Aircraft features include enhanced speed and altitude performance with extremely low ops-costs, low aircraft unit cost, low noise and the effective elimination of CO2 exhaust pollutants. Electric energy, or “fuel,” cost for Sun Flyer is multiples-lower compared to the per-hour flight cost for conventional piston-engine leaded aviation gasoline.

 

Siemens to Provide Electric Propulsion Motor for Bye Aerospace’s Sun Flyer 2

 

DENVER, Colorado – May 29, 2018 – Bye Aerospace and Siemens will collaborate on future development of Bye Aerospace’s Sun Flyer 2.

 

“We are pleased to announce an agreement with Siemens to provide the electric propulsion motor and inverter for the Sun Flyer program,” said George Bye, CEO of Bye Aerospace. “They will be an active partner through the FAA certification and production phase for the Sun Flyer 2.”

 

The Sun Flyer family of aircraft, including the 2-seat Sun Flyer 2 and the 4-seat Sun Flyer 4, aim to be the first FAA-certified, U.S.-sponsored, practical, all-electric airplanes to serve the flight training and general aviation markets. Siemens will provide the SP70D motor with a 90kW peak (115 HP), and a continuous rating of 70kW (90 HP).

 

“Given its performance and form factor, the SP70D motor is perfect for Sun Flyer,” Bye said. “Members of the Siemens team have already been participating in development and certification meetings with the FAA, and we will be making future announcements about progress with the Sun Flyer 2’s flight test program.”

 

“The Siemens SP70D motor has been specifically designed for the needs of 2-seater flight trainers,” said Dr. Frank Anton, Executive Vice President and Head of eAircraft, Siemens. “We know that safety, performance and cost of electric propulsion in the flight training market will be game changing and we are proud to partner on the Sun Flyer family of aircraft.”

 

About Siemens

Siemens Corporation is a U.S. subsidiary of Siemens AG, a global powerhouse focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of systems for power generation and transmission as well as medical diagnosis. With approximately 372,000 employees in 190 countries, Siemens reported worldwide revenue of $92.0 billion in fiscal 2017. Siemens in the USA reported revenue of $23.3 billion, including $5.0 billion in exports, and employs approximately 50,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
 

Bye Aerospace Announces First Flight of Sun Flyer 2

 

DENVER, Colorado – April 11, 2018 – Bye Aerospace announced the prototype Sun Flyer 2 aircraft had its first flight April 10. 

 

The prototype aircraft flight test program, which began in late March, is being conducted at Centennial Airport (KAPA), south of Denver, Colorado, and are now progressing to increased speed, altitude and endurance capabilities.

 

George Bye, Founder and CEO of Bye Aerospace, thanked and congratulated the Bye Aerospace team for the successful transition to the next test phase. “We are excited about the future and the potential the Sun Flyer family of aircraft has to revolutionize general aviation, providing improved affordability and accessibility,” Bye said. “Lower operating costs are key to solving the student pilot drop-out rate, which is curtailing the successful attainment of badly needed airline pilots. The Sun Flyer 2’s $3 hourly operating costs are 10 times lower than traditional piston-engine flight trainers, with no carbon emissions and significantly reduced noise.”

 

EP Systems provided the energy storage system for the Sun Flyer 2 prototype aircraft being flight tested, including battery modules (packs), battery management unit and power distribution unit. The battery cells are LG Chem “MJ1” lithium-ion battery cells with a 260 Wh/kg energy density. Bye Aerospace will soon announce who its electric motor partner will be for the family of FAA-certified Sun Flyer aircraft.

 

Charlie Johnson, Bye Aerospace President, said he was extremely pleased to launch the test flight phase for the Sun Flyer 2 program. “We had a fantastic first flight,” he said. 

The Sun Flyer family of aircraft, including the Sun Flyer 2 and the 4-seat “Sun Flyer 4,” will be the first FAA-certified, U.S.-sponsored, practical, all-electric airplanes to serve the flight training and general aviation markets.

 

Bye Aerospace Closes Series C Funding Round
Company is Developing the World’s First Certified Electric Aircraft

                                     
DENVER, Colorado – Feb. 6, 2018 – Bye Aerospace (the “Company”), an aerospace company applying innovative electric and solar-electric propulsion technologies to aviation markets, today announced it has successfully closed its latest round of funding. Galileo Global Securities and Ashanti Capital were key participants in the $5 million Series C financing round. 

 

Privately-held Bye Aerospace is a recognized pioneer in electric propulsion for aviation. Momentum is developing globally around the benefits of electric, solar-electric, and hybrid propulsion systems for all types of aircraft. Bye Aerospace believes that its research and development over the last decade puts it in a unique market position and it has two prototypes being made ready for flight. The first prototype is an electric flight training airplane, called the Sun Flyer 2; the second is a long endurance atmospheric satellite UAV, called StratoAirNet.  

 

“We are very pleased to complete this key financial milestone, raising over $5 million of investment capital in our Series C round,” George Bye, CEO said. “We are also grateful to Galileo Global Securities for its participation, advice and support of our business plan to bring certified electric aviation to market, and to Ashanti Capital, an Australia based firm, for its assistance in introducing our Company to the Pacific Rim community.” 

 

Galileo Global Securities, is an investment banking and advisory firm based in New York City.  Ashanti Capital is an institutional stockbroking and advisory firm licensed in Australia with offices in Perth and Hong Kong. 

 

“Galileo is happy to share our enthusiasm for the visionary while pragmatic approach followed by Bye Aerospace to be at the forefront of the electric airplanes revolution,” said Francois Pages, Managing Partner and CEO of Galileo. “We are very committed to continue assisting the company in its future development.”

 

“The closing of the Series C financing represents an important new milestone for the Company as it nears first flight for both the Sun Flyer 2 and StratoAirNet,” said Robbie Hamilton, Managing Director of Ashanti. “The aircraft were both extremely well received in Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia. This enhancement of Bye Aerospace’s register comes at an important time for the Company as it moves to a transformational year in 2018.”

Bye Aerospace designs and builds advanced aircraft products for general aviation, aerospace and defense, near-space and atmospheric satellite markets. The Company is developing an advanced, high-altitude, long-endurance solar-electric unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) called “StratoAirNet.” Bye Aerospace is also developing a family of electric aircraft, called “Sun Flyer 2” and “Sun Flyer 4,” with two and four seats, respectively. The Sun Flyer is intended to be the first certified electric GA aircraft. Sun Flyer 2 is primarily targeted to the flight training market, while the Sun Flyer 4 also appeals to pilot owners. Prototypes of both aircraft are in final ground test stage and preparing for first flight.


Santa Monica-Area General Aviation Enthusiasts Respond Positively to Benefits of Electric Flight

                                    
SANTA MONICA, California – January 26, 2018 – Over 130 general aviation enthusiasts attended the “Electric Airplane Morning” at Santa Monica Airport’s Museum of Flying Jan. 20 to participate in a discussion about the benefits of electric flight and the future of flight training. George Bye, CEO of Bye Aerospace, the developer of the “Sun Flyer” family of electric aircraft, was the morning’s keynote speaker.

“We were thrilled by the level of enthusiasm shown by the community, which turned out to support both the legacy and the future potential for this historic airport,” Bye said. “My thanks to all who attended, and particularly to the Santa Monica Airport Association and the Museum of Flying for hosting the event. Bye Aerospace strives to be a collaborative, community partner. We believe our Sun Flyer family of 2- and 4-seat electric aircraft will soon be a viable option to significantly reduce noise and emissions challenges at general aviation airports all across the globe.”

Craig Fuller, former President and CEO of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), encouraged other communities with general aviation airports to learn more about the benefits of electric flight. “The ‘Electric Airplane Morning’ event at Santa Monica generated the first positive local news story about general aviation and Santa Monica in at least the past decade,” he said.
 

Bye said there was a great deal of customer activity as well. He met with existing customers while in Santa Monica and received additional Sun Flyer 2 and Sun Flyer 4 deposits. “One customer announced a Sun Flyer 2 deposit with four options, and another customer announced he was making a deposit on a Sun Flyer 4,” Bye said. “My thanks to the passionate GA pilot/owners who are contributing to our momentum.”
 

Dave Hopkins, VP of the Santa Monica Airport Association commented that electric-powered aircraft like Sun Flyer are game-changers at Santa Monica Airport. “Emission-free, effectively inaudible flight training aircraft will dramatically lower surrounding community impact,” he said. “As the technology matures, I believe the majority of aircraft operations at Santa Monica Airport will be electric-powered.”
 

About Santa Monica Airport Association
The Santa Monica Airport Association (SMAA) is dedicated to preserving and promoting the century old Santa Monica Municipal Airport for the many vital services it provides to Santa Monica and the nation including medical transport, economic development, education, conservation and recreation. For more information, go to www.santamonicaairport.info.

 

About Santa Monica Airport Museum of Flying
Originally established in 1974 as the Douglas Museum and Library, the Museum collection consists of the many original artifacts related to the Douglas Aircraft Company, a variety of exhibits, aviation art, and features an array of aircraft from a Wright Flyer replica to aircraft of the jet age. For more information, go to http://www.museumofflying.org.

 

“Electric Airplane Morning” at Santa Monica Airport’s Museum of Flying on Jan. 20"

George Bye to Provide Keynote Address About Advantages of Electric Aircraft

                                    
SANTA MONICA, California – January 11, 2018 – The Santa Monica Airport Association and the airport’s Museum of Flying will host a public event on Saturday, Jan. 20, featuring George Bye, CEO of Bye Aerospace, who will discuss the benefits of electric flight and the future of flight training.

 

The museum will provide a special $5.00 admission from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Bye’s presentation will begin at 10 a.m.

Bye is the creative innovator behind Bye Aerospace, which he founded in 2007, and has two decades of experience as an aerospace entrepreneur and executive. Among his designs, which utilize advanced aerodynamics, composite structures and alternative propulsion systems, are the “Sun Flyer” family of 2 and 4-seat electric aircraft and two new solar-electric hybrid unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) concepts.
 

“General aviation is ready for a much-needed boost, and the benefits of electric flight, including lower noise and emissions, are particularly important to airports like Santa Monica Airport,” Bye said. “My thanks to Santa Monica Airport Association and the Museum of Flying for inviting me to participate.”
 

Dave Hopkins, Vice President of the Santa Monica Airport Association, said the event is timely, given the possibilities of electric flight. “We are honored to welcome George, who has been at the forefront of electric aviation for years,” he said. “Electric aircraft, which offer zero emissions and near-silent operation would be most welcome at Santa Monica Airport for the next 100 years of operation at the historic airport.”
 

Bye Aerospace designs and builds advanced aircraft products for general aviation, aerospace and defense, near-space and atmospheric satellite markets. The company is developing an advanced, high-altitude, long-endurance solar-electric unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) called “StratoAirNet.” Sun Flyer is primarily targeted to the flight training market. A prototype for the 2-seat Sun Flyer is in final ground test stage and preparing for first flight.

For more information and to reserve tickets visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/electric-airplane-morning-with-george-bye-tickets-42061377713.
 

About Santa Monica Airport Association
The Santa Monica Airport Association (SMAA) is dedicated to preserving and promoting the century old Santa Monica Municipal Airport for the many vital services it provides to Santa Monica and the nation including medical transport, economic development, education, conservation and recreation. For more information, go to www.santamonicaairport.info.

 

About Santa Monica Airport Museum of Flying
Originally established in 1974 as the Douglas Museum and Library, the Museum collection consists of the many original artifacts related to the Douglas Aircraft Company, a variety of exhibits, aviation art, and features an array of aircraft from a Wright Flyer replica to aircraft of the jet age. For more information, go to http://www.museumofflying.org.

 

About George Bye
George Bye, an aviation pioneer, is the CEO and Founder of Bye Aerospace, headquartered near Denver. Among his aircraft designs are a small solar-electric hybrid UAV, electric aircraft and technologies and the new, solar-electric hybrid UAV program, StratoAirNet and Silent Guardian. Previously, he launched, developed and led the Company designing the Javelin, a transonic two-seat jet for military and civil utility. Bye has a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Washington, is an ATP rated pilot and has logged over 4,000 flying hours. He was a USAF instructor pilot in the supersonic T-38 for Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training, C-141B Instructor Aircraft Commander and is a veteran of Desert Storm.  For more information, go to www.ByeAerospace.com and www.GeorgeBye.com.

StratoAirNet Solar-Cell Wing Ground Test Successful
New Solar-Electric Aircraft Hits Major Development Milestone

 

DENVER, Colorado – November 7, 2017 – Bye Aerospace announced that SolAero solar cells were successfully installed and ground tested on both wings of the initial prototype for the advanced, medium-altitude, long-endurance solar-electric unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) called “StratoAirNet” being developed by the company.

 

The StratoAirNet is a light-weight, carbon composite construction, aerodynamically efficient aircraft. The solar-electric UAV has a payload of up to 70 lbs. that provides substantial customer capability with multiple sensors at altitudes of up to 35,000 feet. The initial StratoAirNet 15 prototype (with a 15-meter wing) prototype will be optionally-piloted to provide for rapid qualification of customer payloads without FAA airspace restrictions that typically slow UAV and payload development and deployment. With a test pilot in the prototype aircraft, solar, battery and propulsion system maturity, preliminary flight performance evaluation and auto-flight control optimization are accomplished at a faster pace, with greatly reduced risk.


Bye Aerospace’s StratoAirNet 15 prototype with SolAero’s solar cells on the wings.

George Bye, CEO of Bye Aerospace, expressed his gratitude and thanks to SolAero for their active participation in developing the versatile StratoAirNet UAV, ultimately targeted to achieve “atmospheric satellite” capability. “SolAero is a business and engineering partner in every sense of the word,” he said. “With the completion of ground tests for the solar cells on the wings, we can advance to the next stage of assembly and testing.”


Engineering activities on Bye Aerospace’s StratoAirNet 15 prototype.

Bye Aerospace designs and builds advanced electric aircraft products for general aviation, aerospace and defense and “atmospheric satellite” markets. Momentum is building for the StratoAirNet aircraft, and the recent completion of solar cell testing provided data on how much solar energy is being produced. Bye Aerospace is also developing a family of electric aircraft, called “Sun Flyer 2” and “Sun Flyer 4,” with two and four seats, respectively. Sun Flyer is primarily targeted to the flight training market. A prototype for Sun Flyer 2 is in final ground test stage and preparing for first flight.

Chad Asarch Appointed Vice Chairman of Bye Aerospace Board

                                    
DENVER, Colorado – October 31, 2017 – Chad Asarch, Principal with Steele Properties and the Monroe Group, has been appointed Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bye Aerospace, a world leader in the development of solar-electric aircraft.

George Bye, CEO of Bye Aerospace, expressed his appreciation for Asarch’s contributions to the company and board. “Chad is one of our most active and enthusiastic directors and a strategic thinker,” Bye said. “He is a strong advocate for the StratoAirNet market. He recently returned from remote areas in the world where the aircraft could be particularly helpful and where it’s challenging to have a full infrastructure in place.”

Asarch, along with his two business partners, formed Steele Properties, a sister company to the Monroe Group, in 2006. Steele now owns and operates almost 5,000 apartment units nationally. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Apartment Investment and Management Company (AIMCO, NYSE--AIV) as well as Secretary of AIMCO’s Investment Committee.  At AIMCO, he negotiated and closed over $5 billion in property sales and acquisitions, oversaw all legal issues related to the company’s operations. He graduated from Williams College cum laude with honors and holds a J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Michigan. He is an Adjunct Law Professor for both the University of Colorado and the University of Denver Law Schools teaching Real Estate Transactions.

“I am honored to accept the position of Vice Chairman of this dynamic company,” Asarch noted, adding, “Bye Aerospace’s forward-thinking vision and its innovative and commercially viable use of electric propulsion technology, particularly by harnessing the power of the sun, is on the leading edge of a major disruption to an aviation industry that has used internal combustion engines to power flight ever since Kitty Hawk.”   

Bye Aerospace designs and builds advanced aircraft products for general aviation, aerospace and defense, near-space and atmospheric satellite markets. The company is also developing a family of electric aircraft, called “Sun Flyer 2” and “Sun Flyer 4,” with two and four seats, respectively. Sun Flyer is primarily targeted to the flight training market. A prototype for Sun Flyer 2 is in final ground test stage and preparing for first flight.
 

About Bye Aerospace:
Bye Aerospace is an innovator of sophisticated aerospace technology. The company, which was founded in 2007 by George Bye, is headquartered near Denver and brings advances in energy and design efficiencies to aerospace applications.  For more information, go to www.ByeAerospace.com and www.GeorgeBye.com.

Tom Bowen Joins Bye Aerospace as Chief Engineer

DENVER, Colorado – October 23, 2017 – Tom Bowen has joined Bye Aerospace as Chief Engineer and will support the company’s “Sun Flyer” and “StratoAirNet” projects as a business partner.
 

Bowen is an experienced project engineer and operations manager, having recently served as the Chief Operating Officer for Mooney & Lancair International. He is the Founder of Bowen Aero Services, which provides project management services to the aviation industry. Previously, Bowen was Senior Project Engineer – Corvalis at Cessna, Vice President of Engineering at Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing and Chief Operating Officer at Mooney Airplane Company.
 

George Bye, CEO of Bye Aerospace, said he is honored to have Tom join the technical team. “Tom brings a breadth and depth of aerospace experience that is unique to the aerospace industry,” Bye said. “Given the ambitious, disruptive projects we are pursuing, we are fortunate to have someone of Tom’s caliber helping to contribute to our success.”
 

Bye Aerospace designs and builds advanced aircraft products for general aviation, aerospace and defense, near-space and pseudo-space markets. The company is developing an advanced, high-altitude, long-endurance solar-electric unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) called StratoAirNet. Bye Aerospace is also developing a family of electric aircraft, called “Sun Flyer 2” and “Sun Flyer 4,” with two and four seats, respectively. Sun Flyer is primarily targeted to the flight training market. A prototype for Sun Flyer 2 is in final ground test stage and preparing for first flight.
 

New Electric Aircraft Promises ‘Disruptive Affordability’

October 4, 2017 by General Aviation News Staff

DENVER – The developer of the four-seat “Sun Flyer 4” reports that 10 deposits have been received for the electric airplane unveiled at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017. According to officials with Aero Electric Aircraft Corp. (AEAC), Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology is the first flight school to hold a deposit for a Sun Flyer 4.

Academy of Aviation, with training operations in Farmingdale, Long Island, and White Plains, Westchester County Airport, New York, took the final delivery position for the Sun Flyer 4 in the “Oshkosh special.”

 

“Academy of Aviation believes in innovation and embraces change to provide a superior product and experience,” said Chris Richards, president. “The Sun Flyer will advance this next-gen cost-effective capability to a whole new level — this changes everything.”
 

The two-seat Sun Flyer, “Sun Flyer 2,” will be the first FAA-certified all-electric trainer aircraft under FAR Part 23. The new four-seat IFR-capable aircraft will closely follow the certification of the two-seat version, according to company officials.
 

Features of the Sun Flyer 4 include a 46-inch cabin width, 38-foot wing span, ballistic parachute recovery system, and a gross weight of 2,700 pounds, with 800 pounds of payload for pilot and passengers. The projected flight endurance is four hours.
 

“At $5 of electricity per flight hour and under $20 operating cost per flight hour, Sun Flyer 4 will run completely on batteries, resulting in operating costs that are five times lower than costs associated with similar combustion-engine aircraft such as a Cessna 182 or Cirrus SR-20,” said George Bye, CEO of Aero Electric Aircraft Corp. (AEAC). “The Sun Flyer family of aircraft use transformative electric technology that provides disruptive affordability.”

Spartan College, which holds 25 deposits for production Sun Flyer 2s, will develop a complete training syllabus for the Sun Flyer family of aircraft, including a special course for airframe and powerplant (A&P) technicians to receive specialized electric maintenance training.

First 10 Deposits Received for “Sun Flyer 4”: New Electric Aircraft Promises “Disruptive Affordability”

                                    
DENVER – September 29, 2017 – The developer of the 4-seat “Sun Flyer” aircraft, called “Sun Flyer 4,” announced that 10 deposits have been received for the airplane that was unveiled at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017.

“We are absolutely thrilled by the amount of enthusiasm and interest in this exciting new program,” said George Bye, CEO of Aero Electric Aircraft Corp. (AEAC), the company developing the Sun Flyer family of aircraft. “Our special thanks to Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology for being the first flight school to hold a deposit for a Sun Flyer 4.”

“Academy of Aviation,” with training operations in Farmingdale, Long Island and White Plains, Westchester County Airport, New York, took the final delivery position for the Sun Flyer 4 in the “Oshkosh special” announcement. Chris Richards, President/Director said, “Academy of Aviation believes in innovation and embraces change to provide a superior product and experience. The Sun Flyer will advance this next-gen cost-effective capability to a whole new level - this changes everything.”

The 2-seat Sun Flyer, “Sun Flyer 2,” will be the first FAA-certified all-electric trainer aircraft under FAR Part-23. The new 4-seat IFR-capable aircraft will closely follow the certification of the 2-seat version. Features of the Sun Flyer 4 include a 46-inch cabin width, 38-foot wing span, ballistic parachute recovery system and a gross weight of 2,700 lbs., with a full 800 lbs. of payload for pilot and passengers. The projected flight endurance is 4 hours.

“At $5 of electricity per flight hour and under $20 operating cost per flight hour, Sun Flyer 4 will run completely on batteries, resulting in operating costs that are five times lower than costs associated with similar combustion-engine aircraft such as a Cessna 182 or Cirrus SR-20,” Bye said. “The Sun Flyer family of aircraft use transformative electric technology that provides disruptive affordability.”

Spartan College, which holds 25 deposits for production Sun Flyer 2s, will develop a complete training syllabus for the Sun Flyer family of aircraft, including a special course for airframe and powerplant (A&P) technicians to receive specialized electric maintenance training.

Sun Flyer will be the first FAA-certified, U.S.-sponsored, practical, all-electric airplane to serve the flight training and general aviation markets. It features a low operating cost, low aircraft unit cost, low noise and the elimination of exhaust pollutants. Electric energy, or “fuel,” cost for Sun Flyer is multiples lower compared to the per-hour cost for piston-engine leaded avgas.

About Aero Electric Aircraft Corp.
Bye Aerospace subsidiary, AEAC, is developing the Sun Flyer family of aircraft, the first FAA-certified U.S.-sponsored, practical, all-electric airplanes serving general aviation and the aviation flight training market. To view recent footage of ground testing, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkKALH9Av6c&feature=youtu.be. For more information, go to www.SunFlyer.com or www.ByeAerospace
.com.

SPARTAN COLLEGE FIRST FLIGHT SCHOOL TO HOLD 4-SEAT ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT DEPOSIT

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July 25, 2017 - Aero Electric Aircraft Corp. (AEAC) announced plans for a four-place airplane, “Sun Flyer 4,” the next addition to the Sun Flyer family of aircraft. In addition, Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology is the first flight school to hold a deposit for a Sun Flyer 4.
 

The two-seat Sun Flyer, “Sun Flyer 2,” will be the first FAA-certified all-electric trainer aircraft under FAR Part-23. The new four-seat will closely follow the certification of the two-seat version. Features of the Sun Flyer 4 include a 46-inch cabin width, 38-foot wing span, ballistic parachute recovery system and a gross weight of 2,700 lbs., with a full 800 lbs. of payload for pilot and passengers. “Like Sun Flyer 2, Sun Flyer 4 will run completely on batteries,” said George Bye, CEO. “As a result, the four-seat airplane will have operating costs five times lower than costs associated with similar combustion-engine aircraft. With four hours of flying time, the versatile Sun Flyer 4 will appeal to both flight schools and pilot-owners.”
 

Spartan College, which holds 25 deposits for production Sun Flyer 2s, is the first flight school to hold a deposit for a Sun Flyer 4. Spartan will develop a complete training system for the Sun Flyer family of aircraft, including a course syllabus for airframe and powerplant (A&P) technicians to receive specialized electric maintenance training. “Providing our students the opportunity to train on a variety of airplane models is paramount to a diversified flight education. The addition of the four-seat airplane will enable us to take multiple students on cross-country flights during their training on these groundbreaking aircraft,” said Dr. Dan Peterson, President and CEO of Spartan College.


Sun Flyer is intended to be the first FAA-certified, U.S.-sponsored, practical, all-electric airplane to serve the flight training and general aviation markets. It features a low operating cost, low aircraft unit cost, low noise and the elimination of exhaust pollutants. Electric energy, or “fuel,” cost for Sun Flyer is multiples lower compared to the per-hour cost for piston-engine leaded avgas.
 

The prototype Sun Flyer 2 is on static display in Booth #19, (near the entrance) at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

ABOUT AERO ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT CORP. AEAC is developing the Sun Flyer family of aircraft, the first FAA-certified U.S.-sponsored, practical, all-electric airplanes serving general aviation and the aviation flight training market.

 

 

"SUN FLYER 4" ANNOUNCED

SOURCE: AERO ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT CORP. JUL 24, 2017

EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH – July 23, 2017 – Aero Electric Aircraft Corp. (AEAC) today announced plans for a four-place airplane, “Sun Flyer 4,” the next addition to the Sun Flyer family of aircraft. In addition, Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology is the first flight school to hold a deposit for a Sun Flyer 4

 

The two-seat Sun Flyer, “Sun Flyer 2,” will be the first FAA-certified all-electric trainer aircraft under FAR Part-23. The new four-seat will closely follow the certification of the two-seat version. Features of the Sun Flyer 4 include a 46-inch cabin width, 38-foot wing span, ballistic parachute recovery system and a gross weight of 2,700 lbs., with a full 800 lbs. of payload for pilot and passengers.
 

“Like Sun Flyer 2, Sun Flyer 4 will run completely on batteries,” said George Bye, CEO. “As a result, the four-seat airplane will have operating costs five times lower than costs associated with similar combustion-engine aircraft. With four hours of flying time, the versatile Sun Flyer 4 will appeal to both flight schools and pilot-owners.”
 

Spartan College, which holds 25 deposits for production Sun Flyer 2s, is the first flight school to hold a deposit for a Sun Flyer 4. Spartan will develop a complete training system for the Sun Flyer family of aircraft, including a course syllabus for airframe and powerplant (A&P) technicians to receive specialized electric maintenance training. “Providing our students the opportunity to train on a variety of airplane models is paramount to a diversified flight education.

The addition of the four-seat airplane will enable us to take multiple students on cross-country flights during their training on these groundbreaking aircraft,” said Dr. Dan Peterson, President and CEO of Spartan College.

Sun Flyer is intended to be the first FAA-certified, U.S.-sponsored, practical, all-electric airplane to serve the flight training and general aviation markets. It features a low operating cost, low aircraft unit cost, low noise and the elimination of exhaust pollutants. Electric energy, or “fuel,” cost for Sun Flyer is multiples lower compared to the per-hour cost for piston-engine leaded avgas.
 

The prototype Sun Flyer 2 is on static display in Booth #19, (near the entrance) at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

ELECTRIC SUN FLYER PLANS FIRST FLIGHT

by Mark Huber - July 26, 2017, 7:41 AM

Aerospace entrepreneur George Bye stands next to a prototype of his Sun Flyer two-seat all-electric trainer on display here this week here at AirVenture. Bye claims the $249,000 aircraft will have a three-hour endurance and direct operating costs of $16 per hour.
 

Aviation entrepreneur George Bye brought his Sun Flyer 2 all-electric, proof-of concept trainer to AirVenture this year and announced plans to launch a four-seat model called the Sun Flyer 4. Bye said the Sun Flyer 2 is priced at $249,000 and the 4 has a launch price of $349,000. All ground run testing on the Sun Flyer 2 has been completed, he said, and the company is aiming for a first flight this fall. He estimates a certification program would likely take two to three years and added that his company is attempting to certify the Sun Flyer 4 in parallel, with changes.
 

Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology is the lead deposit holder for both models. The Sun Flyer 2 is a day/night VFR aircraft with a maximum 440-pound payload (same as useful load, since there is no fuel weight), 120-knot maximum cruise speed, three-hour endurance, and $16 per hour direct operating costs. Bye said battery charging time between flights is 20 to 30 minutes. The Sun Flyer 4 is a day/night IFR aircraft with an 800-pound payload capable of 120-knot max cruise speed, a four-hour endurance, and $18 per hour direct operating costs.

 

Bye Aerospace Named a Colorado Companies to Watch Winner

DENVER, Colorado – June 26, 2017 – Bye Aerospace, Inc. announced today that it has been named a Colorado Company to Watch, acknowledging the drive, excellence and influence of Bye Aerospace as a growing high-tech aerospace company in the state. Colorado Companies to Watch honors second stage companies that develop valuable products and services, create quality jobs, enrich communities and create new industries throughout Colorado.
 

George Bye, CEO and Founder of Bye Aerospace, said he was grateful for the honor. “What a privilege it is for Bye Aerospace to be headquartered in a state that embraces the innovative progress and impact aerospace is having on our state, country and world,” he said. “My thanks to our board members, employees and stockholders for their loyalty and support over our 10-year history.”
 

“We are pleased to recognize Bye Aerospace as one of Colorado’s 50 most innovative second stage companies,” said Rick Ninneman, Colorado Companies to Watch Chairman. “These companies contribute significantly to the growth and economic independence of the state by developing new services and products, creating jobs, enriching communities and generating new industries.”
 

“Bye Aerospace is a global leader in aviation technology development and an excellent business partner supporting the Colorado business community,” said Jay Lindell, Aerospace and Defense Industry Champion for the Colorado Office of Economic Development. “We are proud that George Bye and his team continue to develop a leading innovative aerospace business in Colorado.”
 

Colorado Companies to Watch works to recognize the driving economic forces in the state by focusing not merely on growth, but on the true impact and influence of an organization. By focusing on second stage companies across the state, the program offers distinct insight into the state’s economic landscape and recognizes organizations often overlooked for the critical impact they have in their industries, communities and regions, as well as our state as a whole.

 

ELECTRIC SUN FLYER PARTICIPATES IN NATIONAL PARK SERVICE NOISE TESTS

BY GENERAL AVIATION NEWS

DENVER, December 15, 2015 — Aero Electric Aircraft Corp. (AEAC), developer of the Sun Flyer solar electric flight trainer, participated in noise tests for the National Park Service at Centennial Airport Dec. 2 to determine the amount of noise generated by electric-powered aircraft.

 

AEAC flew its single-seat electric technology demonstrator aircraft while representatives from the National Park Service gathered sound data. Other participants in the test effort included Erik Lindbergh with Powering Imagination and a representative from Colorado State University (CSU) to record the event. AEAC’s single-seat technology demonstrator during the electric flight noise test. Conventional aircraft provided comparison for the AEAC electric aircraft.

“The difference in noise level was on the order of 30dB, so the AEAC aircraft radiates roughly 1/1000th the noise of the conventional aircraft,” said Kurt Fristrup, Branch Chief, Science and Engineering, National Park Service. “The replacement of conventional aircraft with quiet electric aircraft should result in more than a 40-fold reduction in the number of community residents highly annoyed by noise.”

“The results of the test were extraordinary,” said George Bye, CEO of AEAC. “Organizing detailed sound data with the National Park Service and CSU teams emphasizes the importance of the future of electric propulsion in general aviation. Erik Lindbergh and the Powering Imagination team are to be congratulated for the important role they have played in pulling together this important flight test event with the National Park Service. Flight test and highly sensitive noise measuring equipment set-up was carefully coordinated with the Centennial Airport Authority, and we thank them for their outstanding support.” Lindbergh said his organization was thrilled to witness and document the stunning absence of noise from the flight operations of electric trainer.

 

“This baseline data collected by the National Park Service will demonstrate, inform and guide the development of a clean and quiet future for aviation,” he said. “Aircraft make a lot of noise and its proliferation threatens not only our environment, but our industry and its infrastructure. This is a small but very meaningful step in the development of electric propulsion that will ultimately strengthen the aviation industry beginning with the personal and training markets and growing from there. From my own electric flight experience, pilots can look forward to an extraordinarily simple, smooth and quiet flight experience when these aircraft come to market.

Former Cessna President Charlie Johnson, now president of AEAC, said the test results are a powerful indicator of how low noise emissions are just one benefit of flying electric powered aircraft.

“We have received comments from observers over the past few years that the electric airplanes we have flown are substantially quieter than traditional general aviation aircraft,” he said. “It is a significant milestone that we now have test data that substantiates those observations.”

AEAC is developing the first certified U.S.-sponsored, practical, all-electric airplane serving the aviation flight training markets. Final assembly fit check on the Sun Flyer solar-electric prototype occurred in early November, company officials report. Following paint shop and avionics integration, the aircraft will be moved to its home at Centennial Airport for assembly of its electric power plant in the first quarter of 2016.

 

BYE AEROSPACE AND ASCENT SOLAR TECHNOLOGIES, INC. DEVELOPING AIRCRAFT FOR IMPROVED INVESTIGATION OF MARS

THORNTON, CO -- (Marketwired) -- 10/27/15 -- October 27, 2015 - Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASTI), a provider of lightweight, flexible photovoltaic (PV) solutions is working closely with Bye Aerospace, a pioneer in the field of clean energy propulsion for aviation, to develop a unique aircraft to fill the gap between mapping and surveillance of Mars from orbital satellites and ground-based rovers.
 

The aircraft, known as the "Mars SOLESA" ("solar electric survey aircraft")," is a unique approach taken by Bye Aerospace allowing for closer investigation of the Martian surface with greater resolution and flexibility than the orbital satellites currently operating above the surface, but with far greater range and perspective than rovers. In conjunction with solar power provided by Ascent Solar, the Mars SOLESA concept will enable the vehicle to fly through the Martian atmosphere, gathering pertinent and novel data along the way.
 

Ascent Solar PV enables day-time recharging of the SOLESA batteries. The fresh charge allows multiple series of flights. Special rugged landing gear, combined with cutting edge ground sensing technology, enable autonomous landing site selection and short takeoff and landing distances. By flying at altitudes of a few hundred up to a few thousand feet above the Martian surface, the vehicle can cover more area in less time than the family of rovers currently employed on the surface, while maintaining greater resolution and perspective.
 

"With the advances we are making in solar-electric propulsion for manned and unmanned aircraft, the next logical step is to turn our attention to important exploration projects such as Mars SOLESA" George Bye, CEO & Chairman of Bye Aerospace said. "We have worked with Ascent Solar on several of our innovations, and commend them for their forward vision."

"We've had our eye on Mars from the beginning, from ground-based power stations to atmospheric-based operations," said Joe Armstrong, CTO of Ascent Solar. "The development of the Mars SOLESA with Bye Aerospace matches up well with our internal development of a higher performance PV product that gives the SOLESA an impressive performance envelope. We have been working with Bye Aerospace for some time on this vehicle as it leans heavily upon both our unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) projects and is a perfect intersection of several key improvements in performance that are in process."

 

ABOUT ASCENT SOLAR TECHNOLOGIES, INC.

Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. is a developer of thin-film photovoltaic modules using flexible substrate materials that can transform the way solar power generation integrates into everyday life, on this planet and others as well. Ascent Solar modules were named as one of the top 100 technologies in 2010 by R&D Magazine, and one of TIME Magazine's 50 best inventions for 2011. Fully integrated portable PV power solutions have been named as finalists for the R&D Magazine Top 100 technologies in 2015. The technology described above represents the cutting edge of flexible power and can be directly integrated into consumer products and off-grid applications, as well as other aerospace applications. More information can be found at www.ascentsolar.com.

 

 

REDBIRD MCX SIMULATOR DEMONSTRATING THE ALL-ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT
Redbird Flight Simulations has partnered with Aero Electric Aircraft Corporation (AEAC) to demonstrate the revolutionary new Sun Flyer aircraft at Sun ‘n Fun Fly-in and Expo. The Sun Flyer has been designed to be the first practical all electric airplane serving training and recreational markets. Redbird Flight Simulations has developed a scenario of the Sun Flyer, operating on its MCX full motion flight simulator, so that Sun ‘n Fun attendees will have the opportunity to experience flight in a solar powered, electric aircraft. The three pilots participating in AOPA’s One Week Ready to Solo event will also fly the Sun Flyer on the MCX simulator as part of their training using the Redbird curricula.

Sun Flyer at Redbird Booth“ Redbird believes in the potential of electric aircraft as a way to make flight training more accessible by making it less expensive. We are very excited about the aircraft that George Bye and AEAC are bringing to market and very pleased to be a part of this effort.” said Redbird CEO Todd Willinger.

Established in February 2014, AEAC was created primarily to produce the two seat Aero Electric Sun Flyer and bring it to market. Currently, a single-seat Sun Flyer has flown both in Europe and at AEAC’s headquarters at the Centennial Airport in Colorado. Plans are underway for flying a prototype of the two-seat Sun Flyer later this year.

“AEAC has worked closely with the engineers at Redbird to give pilots and flight school operators attending Sun ’n Fun the experience flight in this unique aircraft,” said AEAC CEO George Bye. “We look forward to continuing this relationship as we collaborate with Redbird to offer a simulator-integrated pilot training system for the Sun Flyer. AEAC values partnerships like these. It is important to capitalize on the talent of industry leaders and move innovation forward.”

Visit the Redbird Flight Simulations Exhibit, MD28-B (across from the FAA building), to “fly” the Sun Flyer. To learn more about AEAC and the Sun Flyer, visit www.aeac.aero.

 

OSPREY VIEW, LLC SELECTS SILENT FALCON UAS TECHNOLOGIES TO SUPPLY MULTI-SENSOR EQUIPPED UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS

Date Published: May 04, 2015 Albuquerque, NM

Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc., a manufacturer and developer of state-of-the-art, flexible thin-film photovoltaic (PV) modules, along with Silent Falcon UAS Technologies (SFUAS), announced the successful first flights of the production Silent Falcon Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) powered by Ascent Solar’s ultra-lightweight, flexible photovoltaic modules.

Silent Falcon UAS Technologies (SFUAS) is pleased to announce that it has been selected by Osprey View LLC to provide its Silent FalconTM unmanned aircraft systems. Osprey View will be using these systems for a variety of missions and applications for its customers in mining, mapping and aerial surveillance. The systems will be capable of carrying a number of different sensors including a GPS integrated high resolution mapping payload; a SWIR spectrometer, and a high definition electro-optical and infrared video camera payload. As part of the contract, SFUAS is providing sensor engineering and development services, field support services and an extensive spare parts inventory.

Osprey View will be deploying these systems to provide aerial mining surveys, aerial mapping surveys and surveillance services to Osprey View's customers in a variety of countries worldwide, with an initial focus on its customers in Africa. Osprey View provides a variety of geospatial, environmental, mining, surveillance and other commercial services using Silent FalconTM and other unmanned aircraft.

"We are extremely honored to have been selected by Osprey View to provide it the long endurance, long range, multi payload UAS capability it requires to provide a wide range of UAS based services for its customers. Our Silent FalconTM system has exactly the capabilities Osprey View requires to fulfill its customers' mission requirements. We believe this initial order will be followed by additional unmanned aircraft systems orders from Osprey View as it expands its business," said John W. Brown, President of SFUAS.

"We are very excited to work with Silent Falcon UAS Technologies. Their systems and payloads will enhance the delivery of Osprey View's surveys and services to our customers around the world," said Allen Murray, CEO of Osprey View. "We needed a unique and innovative UAS platform and sensor and payload technology provider and that is exactly what we are getting with Silent Falcon UAS."

 

ABOUT SILENT FALCON UAS TECHNOLOGIES

Silent Falcon UAS Technologies manufactures patent pending, state-of-the-art small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, components and sensors for the global commercial, public safety and military ISR markets. The company is headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico. For more information go to www.SilentFalconUAS.com

 

ABOUT OSPREY VIEW LLC
Headquartered in Annapolis, MD, Osprey View, LLC is a leading edge provider of UAS imagery services. Using customizable sensor payloads and an affordable service platform, Osprey View tailors custom service packages to accommodate the different mission profiles and budget levels of its customers. Osprey View, LLC personnel bring over 30 years of combined experience with UAS planning and operations. For additional information visit www.osprey-view.com

 

 

 

 

INDUSTRY FIRST: SOLAR-ELECTRIC SILENT FALCON™ PREPARES FOR INITIAL CUSTOMER ORDERS

 

DENVER, Colorado - March 24, 2015 - Silent Falcon™ UAS Technologies (SFUAS), a former subsidiary of Bye Aerospace, Inc., working in close collaboration with Ascent Solar, has commenced initial low rate commercial production of the Silent Falcon™ unmanned aircraft system to fill its first commercial orders.

"Silent Falcon™ is the first solar-electric aircraft to enter commercial production.  Its solar-electric design gives it unmatched performance and value in its class.  Silent Falcon™ is taking and filling its initial customer orders," said John Brown, President of SFUAS.

The patent-pending Silent Falcon™ is a solar-electric, all composite, modular small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) with an interchangeable wing configuration designed for commercial, public safety and defense applications. In 2010 Bye Aerospace created what is now SFUAS, capitalizing the company with a prototype electric unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and initial design work on solar electric hybrid propulsion. The combination of efficient aerodynamic design, lightweight composite construction and advanced solar energy collection gives the 30 lb. Silent Falcon™ UAS a remarkable 8+ hour flight endurance.  

In 2012 SFUAS selected Ascent Solar Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ:ASTI) to be a development partner and provide the solar cells on the Silent Falcon™ wings.

"We are extremely pleased with the Silent Falcon™ aircraft's capability," said Joe Armstrong, CTO of Ascent Solar. "Its solar wings, based on our in-production, flexible, monolithically integrated CIGS photovoltaic product, are performing well, giving the propulsion system a significant source of lightweight electric energy and enabling the aircraft's unprecedented endurance. We are honored to be the supplier chosen for the production vehicles."

"Customer flight demonstrations are underway today.  We believe Silent Falcon™ UAS has a large and growing military and international commercial market. Sales exceeding several hundred units per year are possible.  Customers now have access to the remarkable capability of the Silent Falcon™ UAS for the first time," said George Bye, Chairman of Silent Falcon UAS and CEO of Bye Aerospace.

ABOUT SILENT FALCON™ UAS TECHNOLOGIES Silent Falcon™ UAS Technologies was established to develop patent-pending, state-of-the-art sUAS and sUAS sensors for the commercial, public safety and military ISR markets. The company is headquartered in Albuquerque, N.M. For more information, go to www.SilentFalconUAS.com.