The primary challenges for flight training to address the global commercial pilot shortage include cost, noise, emissions, and the age of training aircraft (over fifty years old). For the past ten years, Bye Aerospace has been developing electric-powered aircraft, during which time battery-powered technology, electric motors, solar cells, and software that manages electric propulsion systems have advanced significantly. Flight endurance can now be measured in hours, rather than minutes. Efficient light-weight electric motors and controllers are combined with lithium-ion batteries whose cells are configured in packs, which can be recharged quickly and efficiently. The second element is a sleek, light carbon fiber structure, low-drag fuselage with efficient long-wing (high aspect ratio) advanced aerodynamics. Bye Aerospace is combining these elements to develop the two-seat eFlyer 2 aircraft, which will be certified under Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) Part 23, day-night visual flight rules (VFR), and later instrument flight rules (IFR) with a target gross weight of 2,000 pounds. The eFlyer 2's advanced aerodynamics result in a high-performance aircraft that will not compromise performance, given a projected max speed of 135 knots and climb rate of over 1,000 feet per minute.
George E. Bye, Founder and CEO of Bye Aerospace, is an aviation influencer, innovator and pioneer. He has two decades of experience as an aerospace entrepreneur, engineer, and executive, balancing engineering services with internal development and research of advanced concepts. George has developed several aircraft designs, including a 14-foot wing span solar-electric hybrid UAV, Silent Falcon, now in production. He also conceived the eFlyer and StratoAirNet designs and authored articles for industry journals, textbooks and publications. George holds a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Washington, and is an ATP rated pilot with over 4,000 flying hours
Bye Aerospace is developing the 2-seat all-electric flight training airplane called eFlyer at Centennial Airport near Denver. Due to the significantly lower structural parts count and lower cost of electric propulsion components as compared to piston-engine equipped aircraft, Bye Aerospace is able to produce the eFlyer trainer for much less than a typically equipped piston-engine flight trainer such the world's most produced aircraft, the Cessna 172. eFlyer certification sets the stage for introduction of a whole family of electric aircraft.