All-Electric Aircraft and Pilot Training

As stated in a previous digest, all-electric aircraft’s feasibility in the airlines on a mass scale is still some time ahead of us, as the current battery and motor technologies are not up to the task of flying in the flight levels with hundreds of passengers. However, all-electric aircraft as trainers for flight training is another story. In this week’s On Aviation™ Digest, we will look at some articles relating to all-electric aircraft, their current development, and their use for flight training

Bye Aerospace May Be First To Gain Faa Certification

CEO George Bye’s Denver-based company Bye Aerospace has purchase agreements in place for 711 aircraft, including the two-seat eFlyer 2 and four-seat eFlyer 4. The company is pursuing FAA certification of the two-seater for flight training, and the four-seat version with air taxi service in mind.

By: Thomas A. Horne | AOPA

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Reykjavik Flight Academy purchases three all-electric eFlyer training aircraft

Reykjavik Flight Academy has entered into an agreement for the purchase of three all-electric eFlyer training aircraft. With the purchase, the school breaks new ground in the history of flight instruction in Iceland, where for the first time students will be offered instruction on aircraft that run on electricity only.

By: JEC Group

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KLM Flight Academy Orders Bye Eflyers To Train Airline Pilots

The KLM Flight Academy this week placed purchase deposits for six of Bye Aerospace’s eFlyer 2 light aircraft and eight of the larger eFlyer 4 version. The flight school, which is part of the KLM-Air France airline group, is based at Groningen Airport Eelde in the Netherlands. It will use the all-electric aircraft for initial pilot training.

By: Mark Huber | FutureFlight

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Florida Tech Purchases Electric Trainer

Florida Tech has announced that it has become the first U.S. university to own and fly an electric aircraft with the acquisition of a Pipistrel Velis Electro. While the model is not yet FAA-certified, the university intends to use the aircraft to “give students the opportunity for experiential research with cutting edge technology.”

By Kate O’Connor | AVweb

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Thank you for reading this week’s digest. Please take the liberty of sharing your thought on what you believe is the future of all-electric aircraft for pilot training.

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