Silent Falcon™ selected as UAS of choice by Precision Vectors for BVLOS Operations in Canada

Albuquerque, New Mexico (March 7, 2017) – Silent Falcon™ UAS Technologies is pleased to announce Precision Vectors Aerial Inc. of Vancouver, BC, has chosen the Silent Falcon UAS as their exclusive UAS for their BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line of Sight) unmanned aerial services business in Canada and the United States. Precision Vectors will use Silent Falcon exclusively in BVLOS UAS services focusing in the oil and gas, forestry, wildfire, mining and large scale precision agriculture sectors. Precision Vectors will also distribute Silent Falcon UAS Technologies products throughout Canada.

“Our decision to work exclusively with Silent Falcon is founded on our assessment that it is by far the most advanced and commercially viable UAV for operations BVLOS. No other UAV has the solar voltaic wing, sophisticated payload bay and inaudible flight performance of Silent Falcon. Five hours airborne, 100 KM range and the ability to map 6,000 acres in one flight, symbolize what makes this a unique platform”, said Lorne Borgal, President, Precision Vectors Aerial Inc.

The Silent Falcon UAS was designed specifically for the type of BVLOS operations Precision Vectors will be performing. The Silent Falcon UAS is a fixed wing, solar electric powered, complete unmanned aircraft system. What makes the Silent Falcon system ideal for these types of operations are its long endurance, long range, silent operation and multiple payload capabilities. Its open architecture payload bay will allow Precision Vectors to quickly and easily change payloads for different missions.

“The Silent Falcon UAS excels in BVLOS applications. Its ability to fly long distances, stay in the air for a long time and easily change payloads make it an excellent choice for a UAS service provider like Precision Vectors that is focused exclusively on BVLOS applications. Precision Vectors will be proving the ‘use case’ for Silent Falcon in pipeline gas leak detection, large scale mapping, forestry and forest fire management, mining and large scale precision agriculture. We are excited to be partnering with Precision Vectors as they develop the BVLOS UAS services business in Canada and the US”, said John W. Brown, President and CEO of Silent Falcon UAS Technologies.

ABOUT SILENT FALCON™ UAS TECHNOLOGIES

Silent Falcon™ UAS Technologies manufactures patent pending, state-of-the-art small solar electric Unmanned Aircraft Systems and components and sensors for commercial and military markets including natural resource management, pipeline inspection and leak detection, environmental surveys, security/ISR, public safety, and mapping/surveying. Silent Falcon is the only solar electric UAS to provide long endurance and range, silent operations, and an open interface payload bay, that is also portable and easy to use. The Company is headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico. For more information on Silent Falcon UAS, please visit: www.silentfalconuas.com

ABOUT PRECISION VECTORS AERIAL INC.

Precision Vectors Aerial Inc is an aviation technology services company utilizing the Silent Falcon and its sophisticated sensors to generate exceptional information, faster and at lower cost than is otherwise possible. We integrate business and organizational needs, aeronautical skills and cutting edge technology to collect data and deliver results for our clients which transforms the quality and timeliness of their decision making. The Company is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, with offices in Barrie, Ontario, and Tucson, Arizona.

XTI Aircraft Company and Bye Aerospace Form Alliance on Hybrid/Electric Vertical Takeoff Airplane

DENVER, Colo., March 6, 2017 — XTI Aircraft Company (XTI) and Bye Aerospace, Inc. (Bye) jointly announced today that the two companies have entered into an agreement to develop a hybrid/electric prototype of XTI’s revolutionary TriFan vertical takeoff airplane.

“We’re continuing with our plan,” said Robert J. LaBelle, XTI’s Chief Executive Officer, “but we’ve made two important changes.  First, with the engineering expertise of the team at Bye Aerospace, this first prototype will be powered by a state-of-the-art hybrid-electric propulsion system.  Second, because we’re now able to significantly reduce the weight and cost of producing the TriFan, our first prototype will be a full-size TriFan 600 instead of the 65% subscale version.” 

“We’re replacing the transmission, gears, two large heavier engines and other components,” LaBelle continued, “with electric motors, batteries, generators, and a single smaller turboshaft engine.”

“Advanced electric power for aircraft makes the hybrid-electric configuration compelling for the TriFan,” added George Bye, founder, Chairman and CEO of Bye Aerospace. “We can now bring together into one extraordinary airplane, battery power, electric motors, and a light efficient engine in a vertical takeoff and landing platform.  The TriFan will achieve unprecedented performance and operating economy while being safer, lighter, quieter and cleaner.  We’re very excited to team with XTI on this game-changing VTOL project.”

The TriFan is a major breakthrough in aviation and air travel.  The six-seat TriFan 600 will have the speed, range and comfort of a business jet and the ability to take off and land vertically, like a helicopter.  It will travel at over 300 miles an hour, with a range of over 1,200 miles.  Using three ducted fans, the TriFan lifts off vertically and then its two wing fans rotate forward for a seamless transition to cruise speed and its initial climb.  It will reach 35,000 feet in just ten minutes and cruise to the destination as a highly efficient business aircraft. 

XTI launched a formal stock offering in 2016 under SEC Regulation A+, which is open to all investors around the globe.  Shares in XTI may be purchased at www.startengine.com/startup/xti providing a unique opportunity for the general public to invest in an aerospace company with a game-changing product, a world-class leadership team, and significant growth potential.

In addition to the equity crowdfunding financing, in the fourth quarter of 2016 XTI opened a $20 million Series B round for accredited investors only, led by Wall Street investment bank, Primary Capital.  Accredited investors seeking more information should contact John Leo at XTI@primaryllc.com or (212) 300-0064

ABOUT XTI AIRCRAFT COMPANY

XTI Aircraft Company is a privately owned aviation business based near Denver, and founded in 2012.  XTI is guided by a leadership team with decades of experience, a deep well of expertise, and success bringing new aircraft to market.  XTI is founded on a culture of customer-focused problem solving to meet the evolving needs of modern travelers.

For information and updates about XTI Aircraft Company and the TriFan 600, visit www.xtiaircraft.com.  To invest, go to www.startengine.com/startup/xti, or contact John Leo at XTI@primaryllc.com (212) 300-0064.

Sun Flyer to Benefit from Part 23 Reform

Denver, Colorado – Feb. 21, 2017 – The recent release of the revised Part 23 airworthiness standards for the Federation Aviation Regulations (FAR) will significantly streamline the process of certifying the “Sun Flyer,” the company developing the electric flight trainer announced.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a final rule in mid-December 2016 for the new Part 23, which enables a more efficient certification process for general aviation aircraft with innovative technologies, such as electric-powered Sun Flyer. The rules also include provisions for electric propulsion.

“We are extremely pleased with the outcome of the reform efforts,” said George Bye, CEO of Aero Electric Aircraft Corp., Sun Flyer’s developer. “We extend our sincere thanks and gratitude to the FAA for incorporating so many of the recommendations made by GAMA, AOPA, EAA and those in our industry who are working tirelessly to revitalize general aviation.”

Power-on tests commenced on the prototype Sun Flyer late last year, and nearly 100 customer deposits and options for deposits have been received. The 2-seat flight trainer is intended to be the first FAA-certified, U.S.-sponsored, practical, all-electric airplane to serve the flight training and general aviation markets. It features a remarkably low operating cost, low aircraft unit cost, low noise and the elimination of CO2 exhaust pollutants.

John Knudsen, AEAC Executive Vice President and former FAA Attorney, echoed Bye’s enthusiasm for the new rule, calling the revised Part 23 standards a game-changer. “This is probably one of the best rule re-writes I have ever seen the FAA do by taking out extraneous requirements for small airplanes,” he said. “It is truly a substantial improvement.”

About Aero Electric aircraft corp.
AEAC is developing Sun Flyer, the first FAA-certified U.S.-sponsored, practical, all-electric airplane serving general aviation and the aviation flight training market. For more information, go to www.SunFlyer.com

Bye Aerospace, SolAero Collaborate on Medium-Altitude UAV

DENVER, Colorado – Jan. 31, 2017 – Bye Aerospace announced an important engineering, development and production collaboration with SolAero Technologies Corp. to put SolAero’s solar cell technology on Bye’s solar-electric unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), called “StratoAirNet.”

The StratoAirNet family of UAVs is intended to provide persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) to support commercial and government security requirements. The initial medium-altitude StratoAirNet 15 proof of concept prototype is nearing completion and undergoing final assembly. The solar cell preliminary design review was recently completed with SolAero engineers. Preliminary flight tests were then conducted on a smaller scale test wing. Following measurements and fit checks, whole wing solar cell tests will commence on the 15 meter wing span StratoAirNet prototype.

Since 2001, SolAero products have powered 170 successful space missions with zero on-orbit failures. SolAero holds the world record efficiency in space solar cells with 50+ patents and disclosures for their 33.0% efficient IMM technology. This solar cell technology achieves the highest commercially available performance level, offering a density exceeding 350 watts per square meter under standard conditions, increasing further under high-altitude, low-temperature conditions.

“SolAero is one of the world’s leading providers of advanced space solar power solutions,” said George Bye, CEO of Bye Aerospace. “The efficiencies of their solar cells will make the benefits of StratoAirNet even more compelling, allowing the airplane to fly at higher altitudes with almost unlimited flight endurance. We appreciate SolAero’s collaboration with our team and look forward to working together to demonstrate a remarkable pseudo-satellite aircraft capability that many have said is unachievable.”

“We are very excited about our partnership with Bye Aerospace and the future opportunities of the solar-powered StratoAirNet family of UAVs,” said Brad Clevenger, CEO of SolAero Technologies. “The combination of our heritage high-efficiency solar cell technology and integration expertise with the wide range of capabilities of the StratoAirNet UAV family will help to usher in a new era of middle and high altitude commercial and defense applications.”

Bye said potential commercial mission applications for StratoAirNet include communications relay, internet, mapping, search and rescue, firefighting command and control, anti-poaching monitoring, damage assessment, severe weather tracking, agriculture monitoring (“precision ag”), mineral source surveying, spill detection and infrastructure quality assessment.

About SolAero Technologies Corp.

SolAero Technologies Corp. is a leading provider of solar cells and solar panels to satellite and spacecraft OEMs.  The business was founded in 1998 and is one of the world’s leading providers of space solar power solutions.  SolAero is headquartered in Albuquerque, NM and employs approximately 280 people. For further information about SolAero, visit http://www.solaerotech.com.

 

Finance Director joins the Silent Falcon™ UAS Technologies Team

Albuquerque, New Mexico (October 4, 2016) – Silent Falcon UAS Technologies is proud to announce the addition of a new executive to the Silent Falcon team.

OnaLea White comes to Silent Falcon as Finance Director, reporting to the CEO, John W. Brown. Ms. White brings 24 years of solid experience and expertise in all aspects of finance including, preparing financials, cash flow, and budget statements, tax preparation, payroll management, accounts payable management, insurance, and human resources. Ms. White was formerly co-owner of a very successful home building business for nine years responsible for all accounting and financial operations. Prior, she was Finance Manager for a real estate developer and several other real estate companies.

As Finance Director, Ms. White will be responsible for overseeing all accounting, financial operations, strategic planning and analysis within Silent Falcon, as well as payroll, human resources, insurance, and travel. 

She graduated from the University of Nevada with a Bachelor’s in Finance and obtained her real estate license as well.

“We’re delighted to have Onalea on board as the newest member of the Silent Falcon team. She brings a wealth of experience in key areas essential to underpinning our ambitious growth plans. She will play a vital role in our management team supporting every aspect of the company’s operations”, said John W. Brown, Silent Falcon’s President and CEO.

ABOUT SILENT FALCON™ UAS TECHNOLOGIES

Silent Falcon™ UAS Technologies manufactures patent pending, state-of-the-art small Unmanned Aircraft Systems and components and sensors for commercial and military markets including natural resource management, security/ISR, public safety, and mapping/surveying. Silent Falcon is the only solar electric UAS to provide long endurance and range, silent operations, and an open interface payload bay accommodating a wide variety of payloads that are also quick and easy to change. The company is headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico. For more information, please visit: www.silentfalconuas.com