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Headlines and Top Story- Updated May 16, 2018
 

FAA Reauthorization Bill Clears House with Noise Measures  
- NASA to Validate Community Response Methodology in Flights Near Galveston
- ACRP Issues Guide for Noise Modeling of Commercial Space Operations
- NASA and Uber Partner to Explore Urban Air Mobility Safety and Noise
- DC-Area Residents Lose Legal Battle Over Noise Around Reagan National Airport
- 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 X-Plane Contract
- Court Allows Class Action Suit Over Noise from Montreal-Trudeau 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.

The 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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