Skyborne expands electric future

Skyborne’s US pilot training facility is enhancing its environmentally focussed future with the recent announcement that it has signed a letter of intent with Bye Aerospace for an additional 30 eFlyer all-electric training aircraft.

The commitment builds on Skyborne’s 2020 order of 10 eFlyers, bringing the total to 40 electric aircraft now set to join the academy’s US fleet in Vero Beach, Florida.

Producing zero CO2 emissions and with up to 80% lower flight operating costs compared to conventional trainers, the eFlyer is designed to offer an efficient and socially responsible alternative to fuel-based aircraft, utilising its electric powerplant combined with advanced, efficient aerodynamics and lightweight composite structure.

The Colorado-based electric aircraft developer previously reported that it has garnered “overwhelming interest” from the aviation training sector through the signing of Letters of Intent (LOIs) signed by prominent US aviation training companies securing 340 eFlyer aircraft and this latest order further bolsters its position as a market leader.

Commenting on the new order, Lee Woodward, CEO Skyborne, says: “Our partnership with Bye Aerospace reflects the pioneering spirit of Skyborne and our constant drive to redefine pilot training.

“By expanding our eFlyer order and investing in an electric future, we will reduce our impact on the environment and support our airline partners with their sustainability goals. We’re proud that Skyborne students will soonbegin their pilot training with net-zero flight.”

Rod Zastrow, President, Bye Aerospace, adds: “Skyborne is one of the most respected flight schools internationally and this further order is another tremendous endorsement of our product. It builds on the excellent customer momentum we have built during 2023. We are thrilled to begin 2024 with aviation training leader Skyborne.”

Bye Aerospace’s order book now stands at a little under 400 aircraft. Inaddition to Skyborne’s commitment for 40 aircraft, some of the larger orders placed for eFlyers include Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology in Oklahoma, which has placed an order for 20 eFlyer 2 aircraft.

San Francisco-based BlackBird Air Inc, the United States’ largest aviation marketplace, has committed to buying 100 four-seat eFlyer 4 and 10 two-seat eFlyer 2; and Norwegian flight academy OSM Aviation Group has confirmed orders for 60 eFlyer 2.

Author: FTN Editor

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