Headlines and Top Story- Updated May 16, 2018
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of Commercial Space Operations- NASA and Uber Partner to Explore Urban Air Mobility Safety and Noise - NASA to Validate Community
Response Methodology in Flights Near Galveston - Congressman Asks FAA to Review Noise
at Hollywood Burbank Airport- County Urged to Budget $150,000 for Airspace Consultant on DCA Noise- Lockheed Martin Wins $247 Million Supersonic
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Battle Over Noise Around Reagan National Airport
All-Electric Aircraft Score Successful Test Flights
Bye Aerospace conducted the first
test flight of its prototype Sun Flyer 2 aircraft at Centennial Airport last month. The Englewood, Colorado-based company
expects its two- and four-seat models to be the first U.S.-sponsored, FAA-certified, all-electric airplanes to enter the flight
training and general aviation markets. “We are excited about the future and
the potential the Sun Flyer family of aircraft has to revolutionize general aviation, providing improved affordability and
accessibility,” said CEO George Bye.
“Lower operating costs are key to solving the student pilot drop-out rate, which is curtailing the successful
attainment of badly needed airline pilots. The Sun Flyer 2’s $3 hourly operating costs are 10 times lower than traditional
piston-engine flight trainers, with no carbon emissions and significantly reduced noise."
Meanwhile, the Sustainable Aviation Project (SAP) took delivery of four Pipistrel
Alpha Electro aircraft from Italy at Fresno Chandler Executive Airport in March and began flight testing in earnest last month.
The aircraft were purchased under a $1,071,348 grant agreement between the Fresno County (Calif.) Transportation Authority
Board, City of Mendota, and City of Reedley.
grant also covers chargers for each aircraft, two new hangars at Mendota’s William Robert Johnston Municipal Airport,
and $90,000 in training assistance for disadvantaged youth in Fresno County. “Now that this quartet of electric trainers
is in California, they are being flown by instructors under experimental category airworthiness certificates,” according
to JimMoore, a web editor with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.
“The plan is to ultimately offer sport pilot training and secure FAA
approval under light sport aircraft (LSA) requirements, but the current LSA requirements preclude use of electric powerplants.
[These] efforts, among others, will also contribute to the collective knowledge base that will one day make electric trainers
commonplace on flight school lines around the world.”
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