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United States : "Aero Electric Aircraft Corp." introduced by Bye Aerospace

April 29, 2014

Bye Aerospace, Inc. has introduced Aero Electric Aircraft Corp. (AEAC), naming industry veteran Charlie Johnson AEAC's President and Chief Operating Officer.

AEAC was formed to produce and market, under license agreement from its technology partner, PC-Aero, a 2-seat solar-electric light sport aircraft named "Sun Flyer." The company will bring to market the first practical all-electric airplane serving the training, recreational and general aviation markets.

Johnson, who for the previous 4 years has been engaged with various projects to develop practical applications of electric propulsion systems for light aircraft, said AEAC intends to serve general aviation by providing a clean, renewable energy, durable, solar-electric aircraft.

Johnson said, "Our primary focus will be flight schools with a higher utilization rate and aircraft rental operation compared to personal use aircraft ."We believe that the lower operating costs, along with the simplification of the frequent maintenance checks required by the FAA for training operators, will result in lower overall costs for Sun Flyer."

The present plan has AEAC receiving an experimental prototype Sun Flyer aircraft at the end of the first development period. Through a license relationship, effectively all of the preliminary design and development of the technology demonstrator for Sun Flyer has been finished and is likely to be revealed later this year.

George E. Bye, CEO of Bye Aerospace and Chairman of the Board of AEAC, said initial interest from potential customers for Sun Flyer has been robust. "Pilot training schools, in particular, appear ready to look at other options," he said. "Our challenge is to combine the operation and cost benefits of electric propulsion with the demands for sturdy, reliable, durable aircraft."

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Source: TendersInfo (India)