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Sun Flyer proof of concept debutsSun Flyer proof of concept makes debut

A proof of concept of a two-seat aircraft that flies on solar power made its debut May 11 at Centennial Airport in Denver, Colorado. 
Aero Electric Aircraft Corp. is developing the Sun Flyer aircraft. The all-composite aircraft will be powered by an electric motor driven by lithium-ion batteries charged by solar cells mounted on the wings and it is intended to be the first FAA-certified all-electric trainer. Photo courtesy of Aero Electric Aircraft Corp.

Aero Electric Aircraft Corp. is developing the Sun Flyer aircraft. Based at Centennial, the company announced the prototype in March. The all-composite aircraft will be powered by an electric motor driven by lithium-ion batteries charged by solar cells mounted on the wings. It is intended to be the first FAA-certified all-electric trainer.

At the event, Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology CEO Peter Harris said Spartan is reserving five additional Sun Flyers. The college reserved the first 20 delivery positions for the Sun Flyer in 2015.

“Sun Flyer is going to be environmentally friendly, but there will be a lot of significant cost reductions as well,” said Charlie Johnson, president of Aero Electric Aircraft Corp.

That will help the people who want to be professional pilots but can’t afford the training, said Jay Lindell with the State of Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. “Today we cannot meet the demand for commercial pilots, but with the Sun Flyer, general aviation will again be affordable, not a luxury.”

Jill W. Tallman

Jill W. Tallman

AOPA Technical Editor
AOPA Technical Editor Jill W. Tallman is an instrument-rated private pilot who owns a Piper Cherokee 140.
Topics: Single Engine, Solar

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