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Sun Flyer Begins Initial R&D Test Flights

Flight tests in the single-seat demonstrator will be conducted over the next 6-9 months at Denver's Centennial Airport while two-place prototype is under construction.

Published: 23-Sep-2014

Denver, CO -- Aero Electric Aircraft Corp. (AEAC) has entered the next phase of development for its high tech solar-electric training aircraft called “Sun Flyer.”

AEAC, in conjunction with its development partner, Bye Aerospace, is performing initial R&D flight test operations with the solar-electric technology demonstrator at Centennial Airport near Denver. The single-seat technology demonstrator, which is the basis for the Sun Flyer, made its debut at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in late July. Flight tests will continue for the next 6 to 9 months while the 2-seat prototype Sun Flyer is being assembled.

George Bye, CEO of AEAC, said initial test results are confirming the overall benefits of solar-electric propulsion, especially the very low operating costs. Additional benefits include reduced maintenance due to fewer moving parts, low-noise flight and solar recharging on the ground and in flight.

“The support and interest we are receiving from the general aviation community is tremendous,” Bye said. “The consistent feedback we receive is this new electric approach is more practical from both an economics and operations perspective. The solar-electric Sun Flyer is a critically important product - a true breakthrough training aircraft when general aviation needs it most.”

AEAC is primarily targeting flight schools for Sun Flyer, the first U.S.-sponsored, practical, all-electric airplane serving the training, recreational and general aviation markets. The company is also collaborating with Redbird Flight Simulations and Spartan Aeronautical College to offer a comprehensive pilot training system.


ABOUT AERO ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT CORP.
Aero Electric Aircraft Corp. was created to produce, under license, the 2-seat Sun Flyer aircraft and bring it to market. For more information, go to www.AEAC.aero.


ABOUT BYE AEROSPACE, INC.
Bye Aerospace, founded in 2007 and headquartered near Denver, is applying clean energy solutions to innovative aircraft designs for the general aviation and defense markets. For more information, go to www.ByeAerospace.com.

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