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FUTURE FLIGHT

BY THOMAS A. HORNE

ELECTRIC FLIGHT
TRAINING AIRCRAFT?

BYE AEROSPACE MAY BE FIRST TO GAIN FAA CERTIFICATION

CEO GEORGE BYE'S DENVER-BASED COMPANY BYE AERO-

space 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. The two-seat eFlyer 2 will come equipped with a full
complement of Garmin's G3X Touch avionics. The package
includes VFR and IFR capability, an ADAHRS (air data, attitude, and heading reference system), GPS, transponders, and
standby instruments.
" Bye Aerospace continues to mature the integration of
the G3X avionics with the next-generation instrument panel
and electric propulsion system displays for the eFlyer 2, " said
George Bye. " We are working closely with Garmin to produce
the safest, most reliable, and most innovative electric pilot
training aircraft ever produced. "
Bye noted that the company expects the current list of
711 eFlyer purchase agreements will continue to grow, " and
we must continue forward at a high-tempo pace to meet the
demands of aviation enthusiasts worldwide who have been
waiting years for all-electric airplanes to come to market. "
Bye hopes to be the first to achieve FAA certification of
an electric aircraft, a development that will reduce carbon
emissions from the aircraft to zero and cut hourly operating
costs dramatically. The company revealed its airframe parachute selection in August 2020, after announcing in July that
venture capital investment is in place to complete the eFlyer 2
production-conforming prototype.

eFlyer 2

The $489,000
eFlyer 2 uses a 90
kW/120-horsepower
Siemens SP70D
electric motor powered by up to six
lithium-ion battery
packs. The eFlyer
2's maximum cruise
speed is projected to
be 135 knots; its maximum endurance is
targeted at 3.5 hours
of flight time; and its
initial rate of climb is
1,050 fpm. Its empty
weight is set at 1,460
pounds, and its maximum gross takeoff
weight will be 1,900
pounds. The airplane
will be certified under
FAR Part 23.

byeaerospace.com
tom.horne@aopa.org

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