OSHKOSH — On opening day of AirVenture, Aero Electric Aircraft Corp. (AEAC) unveiled the single-seat technology demonstrator for its next-generation solar electric training aircraft called “Sun Flyer.”
AEAC, in conjunction with its development partner, Bye Aerospace, is planning to offer the first U.S.-sponsored, all-electric airplane serving the training, recreational and general aviation markets. The company is licensing technology from PC-Aero and is collaborating with Redbird Flight Simulations to offer a pilot training system.
Jerry Gregoire, Redbird Chairman, said his company will be developing a flight simulator for Sun Flyer.
“This is a significant game-changer for our industry,” he said. “Pilot training is a logical path for introducing the economic and safety benefits of electric propulsion.”
AEAC recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology to participate in the development of a complete training system. “We want to be on the leading edge in a smart way by offering high quality and cost effective aviation training, and supporting Sun Flyer’s development fits strategically into Spartan’s future,” said CEO Peter Harris.
The specially-modified single-seat technology demonstrator for Sun Flyer conducted its initial functional flight testing in mid-July and will be available for viewing at the Redbird Flight Simulations display area during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, July 28 through Aug. 3.
PC-Aero is attending Oshkosh to help present and support the technology demonstrator. Calin Gologan, Founder and CEO of PC-Aero, said the launch of the Sun Flyer project is a culmination of several years of effort.
“What this launch represents is the fusion of many industry advocates who believe it is now time to begin integrating solar electric propulsion technologies for light aircraft into the commercial marketplace,” he said.