Centennial Airport in Denver has adopted a resolution commending Bye Energy for its effort to develop and fly an electric-powered airplane.
The Green Flight Project, which launched in mid-February, is intended to enhance the development of an electric and electric-hybrid propulsion system (EHPS) for commercial application. The initial objective is to design and integrate a proof of concept electric propulsion system into a Cessna 172. First flight of the electric 172 is expected to take place at Centennial Airport in the spring of 2011.
George Bye, CEO of Bye Energy, said the airport was a logical place to relocate when the company outgrew its previous office space earlier this year. “Centennial Airport has been an important advocate for both Bye Energy and The Green Flight Program,” he said. “We are extremely grateful, and look forward to other potential collaborations on renewable energy projects,” he said.
The Arapahoe County Public Airport Authority passed Bye Energy Resolution No. 2010-16 on Dec. 9. In addition to recognizing the company is seeking to reduce emission and noise pollution with the development of an electric propulsion system, the authority commended Bye Energy’s decision to locate its headquarters and conduct flight tests at the airport.
Robert Olislagers, executive director of Centennial Airport, in presenting the resolution said that “the development of an electric motor for aircraft use is a significant advancement in addressing environmental and economic challenges facing the standard aircraft piston engine. Finding a safe alternative in the face of declining low lead fuel production, as well as addressing air and noise pollution, is critical to the future of general aviation.”