SANTA MONICA, California – January 26, 2018 – Over 130 general aviation enthusiasts attended the “Electric Airplane Morning” at Santa Monica Airport’s Museum of Flying Jan. 20 to participate in a discussion about the benefits of electric flight and the future of flight training. George Bye, CEO of Bye Aerospace, the developer of the “Sun Flyer” family of electric aircraft, was the morning’s keynote speaker.
“We were thrilled by the level of enthusiasm shown by the community, which turned out to support both the legacy and the future potential for this historic airport,” Bye said. “My thanks to all who attended, and particularly to the Santa Monica Airport Association and the Museum of Flying for hosting the event. Bye Aerospace strives to be a collaborative, community partner. We believe our Sun Flyer family of 2- and 4-seat electric aircraft will soon be a viable option to significantly reduce noise and emissions challenges at general aviation airports all across the globe.”
Craig Fuller, former President and CEO of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), encouraged other communities with general aviation airports to learn more about the benefits of electric flight. “The ‘Electric Airplane Morning’ event at Santa Monica generated the first positive local news story about general aviation and Santa Monica in at least the past decade,” he said.
Bye said there was a great deal of customer activity as well. He met with existing customers while in Santa Monica and received additional Sun Flyer 2 and Sun Flyer 4 deposits. “One customer announced a Sun Flyer 2 deposit with four options, and another customer announced he was making a deposit on a Sun Flyer 4,” Bye said. “My thanks to the passionate GA pilot/owners who are contributing to our momentum.”
George speaking to the crowd at Electric Airplane Morning in Santa Monica
Dave Hopkins, VP of the Santa Monica Airport Association commented that electric-powered aircraft like Sun Flyer are game-changers at Santa Monica Airport. “Emission-free, effectively inaudible flight training aircraft will dramatically lower surrounding community impact,” he said. “As the technology matures, I believe the majority of aircraft operations at Santa Monica Airport will be electric-powered.”
About Bye Aerospace
Bye Aerospace designs and builds advanced aircraft products for general aviation, aerospace and defense, near-space and atmospheric satellite markets. The company is developing an advanced, high-altitude, long-endurance solar-electric unmanned aerial vehicle called “StratoAirNet.” A prototype for the 2-seat Sun Flyer, primarily targeted to the flight training market, is in final ground test stage and preparing for first flight. For more information: www.byeaerospace.com and www.sunflyer.com.
About Santa Monica Airport Association
The Santa Monica Airport Association (SMAA) is dedicated to preserving and promoting the century old Santa Monica Municipal Airport for the many vital services it provides to Santa Monica and the nation including medical transport, economic development, education, conservation and recreation. For more information, go to www.santamonicaairport.info.
About Santa Monica Airport Museum of Flying
Originally established in 1974 as the Douglas Museum and Library, the Museum collection consists of the many original artifacts related to the Douglas Aircraft Company, a variety of exhibits, aviation art, and features an array of aircraft from a Wright Flyer replica to aircraft of the jet age. For more information, go to http://www.museumofflying.org.
About George Bye
George Bye, an aviation pioneer, is the CEO and Founder of Bye Aerospace, headquartered near Denver. Among his aircraft designs are a small solar-electric hybrid UAV, electric aircraft and technologies and the new, solar-electric hybrid UAV program, StratoAirNet and Silent Guardian. Previously, he launched, developed and led the Company designing the Javelin, a transonic two-seat jet for military and civil utility. Bye has a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Washington, is an ATP rated pilot and has logged over 4,000 flying hours. He was a USAF instructor pilot in the supersonic T-38 for Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training, C-141B Instructor Aircraft Commander and is a veteran of Desert Storm. For more information, go to www.GeorgeBye.com.