Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology Orders 20 Sun Flyers

JAN 21 2015 BY MARK KANE 4

AEAC Next Generation Solar Electric Training Aircraft

AEAC Next Generation Solar Electric Training Aircraft

Aero Electric Aircraft Corp. (AEAC), which since last summer has been testing its single-seat electric aircraft in the air, announced that it began the assembly process of its first 2-seat prototype Sun Flyer.

The first 20 units were reserved by the Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology under a Training Program Development and Deposit Agreement.

Peter Harris, CEO of Spartan College, commented:

“This agreement signifies our commitment to innovation and to serving the next generation of pilots. Spartan College is honored to be the first training school to formalize our collaboration on a complete training system that will make flight training more modern, accessible and economical than ever before.”

George Bye, CEO of AEAC, stated:

“Our goal with Sun Flyer is to achieve lower operating costs and enhanced safety features for a training airplane by focusing on the benefits of solar-electric propulsion and durable composite construction. Spartan College is to be commended for their innovative spirit and forward-thinking strategy.”

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4 Comments on "Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology Orders 20 Sun Flyers"

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Mark Hovis

So Cool

Brian Henderson

This is the same “Elektra One” the InsideEVs covered a couple years ago. Only development is a company is looking to sell a rebranded model in the US market.

http://insideevs.com/solarworld-e-one-is-an-electric-plane-with-over-600-miles-of-range/

wavelet

Actually, that was a 1-seater, while the model referred to here is a 2-seater (necessary for trainer aircraft, obviously).
While they say it’s closely based on the 1-seater, payload and internal layout have to be different to accommodate an additional person. Also, the drivetrain could have certainly changed in the past two years…

I couldn’t find any details on the 2-seater, besides that it can stay in the air for ~2 hours, but without giving the assumptions, and that on a sunny day the solar cells could extend range by 15%.

Anyone know details about the motor, battery pack? Performance? (crusing speed/range/time, top speed, takeoff requirements etc.) Charging time for the battery?

One blog mentioned that for a typical GA pilot training school the higher upfront cost would be recovered after about year (ICE aircraft have very costly FAA requirements re ongoing maintenance).
I’m curious about other aspects of the business case; if charging takes a significant amount of time, that would seem to rule out being able to use the aircraft intensively for lessons.

Anyone know

Bill Lofton