What We Do

Bye Aerospace is applying innovative zero CO2 electric propulsion systems to its airplanes. We also develop and integrate structural and mechanical systems along with aerodynamic advances to design, build our market aerospace products that offer significant economic benefits and increases in performance to aerospace markets. Our primary project is the all-electric “eFlyer” general aviation aircraft, which will dramatically reduce ops-cost and eliminate CO2.

The Home of Innovation

Projects

Bye Aerospace has three electric aircraft projects with the first and most important 2-seat “eFlyer 2” well underway in the FAA 14 CFR 23 aircraft certification process. These three projects range from final design phase to R&D stage and conceptual design phase. We encourage you to learn more about our projects and determine how you can get involved with propelling the future.

George E. Bye

Founder and CEO of Bye Aerospace

 George E. Bye is the Founder, CEO and Chairman of Bye Aerospace and the “Father of Today’s Electric Aviation Industry”, Twin & Turbine Magazine, October 2021.  He is the innovator behind Bye Aerospace, which was founded in 2007, with two decades of experience as an aerospace entrepreneur, engineer and executive, balancing internal development with research of advanced concepts.

 Mr. Bye has developed several aircraft designs. He is the driving force behind the concept and development of the all-electric eFlyer 2, eFlyer 4 and eFlyer 800 aircraft. The eFlyer 2 is now in the FAA certification process.  Previously he designed the 14-foot wing-span solar-electric hybrid UAV, “Silent Falcon,” now in production in a former Bye Aerospace subsidiary.  He also conceived the new, piloted solar-electric SOLESA design which has completed initial flight test. 

 Mr. Bye is a well-known pioneer and conceptual design engineer and has been asked to consult with major OEMs on their advanced development programs. For two years he was a part of the conceptual design leadership team on the Boeing T-X program, now known as the T-7A “Red Hawk” USAF advanced jet trainer, as well as providing periodic expert reviews of an advanced conceptual electric aviation design program at Lockheed Martin. He is featured in “The American Entrepreneur” by Kathleen Tracy, was selected as “One of Colorado’s top 100 C-level executives” for 2020 from Titan CEO, and has also authored articles for industry journals, textbooks and publications.

 Mr. Bye holds a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Washington and is an ATP rated pilot with 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 Desert Storm veteran.


 

How else does one become a Renaissance Man except by having well-rounded parents.

 Growing up in the northwest, George’s father taught him sports, building projects, and good old hard work. He helped mow the lawn, wash the car, build a deck onto the family home, and even learned to build an electric motor from scratch. He joined the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts where he and his father climbed mountains together.

 Explorations also involved riding his red Sting Ray bike all over town and visiting Grandma’s house out in the country, where he got to ride horses and play chess. He spent many an hour building Lego airplanes and then ‘flew’ them across the living room on string, straight into the fireplace mantel landing zone. 

 George’s mom taught him the love of design, arts, music (including ten years of violin lessons) but George really loved baseball.  Starting at a very young age, his father and George, would play catch for hours in the front yard of the house in Corvallis, Oregon. He played baseball through his senior year of high school and became a Tri-County All-Star.  George also enjoyed basketball and football in junior high and high school.

 The love of flight took root at a very young age. His mother and father bought a Piper airplane when he was just a youngster.  It was very unusual in the 1960’s, but Marilyn, his mother, learned to fly and received her pilot’s license.  They went flying often and this is where he began dreaming of becoming an Air Force pilot one day.  He watched with fascination the growing space program and developments of new supersonic jets. By the time he reached high school, he had decided on his path, his destiny, and with great clarity set about achieving it with great determination.

George Bye’s Military Career

 Engineering School at UW and USAF ROTC: 

George attended the University of Washington in Seattle 1976-1980.  In addition to his engineering studies, he received a USAF pilot ROTC scholarship and rose through the cadet ranks. He graduated having achieved the rank of Cadet Colonel and ROTC Wing Commander and distinguished graduate.  Upon graduation in June of 1980, he earned both his Engineering degree and became a USAF 2nd Lieutenant.  As an ROTC Distinguished Graduate, George was offered the selection of his pilot training base, choosing Williams AFB in beautiful Phoenix, Arizona.

 Undergraduate Pilot Training: 

George started USAF active duty and commenced Undergraduate Pilot Training in early 1981. There, he flew the subsonic and capable Cessna T-37 and later, the supersonic Northrop T-38 – an experience in which he both excelled and relished.  George earned his USAF pilot wings in March of 1982 and as a UPT Distinguished Graduate selected the strategic Lockheed C-141 jet transport at McChord AFB, near Seattle.

 T-38s at ENJJPT: 

After a successful tour in C-141’s at McChord AFB, his commander offered him the prestigious opportunity to fly T-38’s at the new NATO undergraduate pilot training program called “Euro-NATO-Joint-Jet-Pilot-Training” or “ENJJPT” in Wichita Falls, Texas.  The unique program was ‘fighter-pilot-only’ oriented in its training syllabus, combining many aspects of USAF UPT with fighter pilot flying skills – heavily emphasizing formation and tactical flight training and adding 2 additional, advanced “check rides” for the European NATO pilot candidates. Successful graduates from ENJJPT were selected to fly the most advanced jet fighters of the “Cold War” era.  As George progressed from 1983 through his 5-year tour at ENJJPT, he trained student pilots in the supersonic T-38. He also became an Applied Aerodynamics Instructor and updated the aerodynamics course text.  Later, George advanced to Chief of the T-38 Academics Branch.  He also began to instruct fellow pilots that were transitioning to their new instructor pilot duties at ENJJPT, the pilot instructor training (“PIT”) program.  George completed his ENJJPT tour with 1,000 flight hours in the supersonic T-38, a formative experience that would later be important to his future aerospace career.

 Desert Storm: 

In 1989, George returned to McChord AFB and the C-141 in a reserve squadron but was soon very active in worldwide missions to Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, with special contingency operations in Panama, Peru, and El Salvador.  In 1990, Desert Shield (later “Desert Storm”) commenced, and George was among the first re-called to active duty, to spend much of the war deployed flying missions into the Middle East from AFB bases in Europe.  The Desert Storm mission tempo was extreme, with 1,000 C-141 flying hours in a single year.  Following Desert Storm, George flew missions supporting US Contingency Ops in Somalia, finally leaving the Air Force in 1993 with almost 4,000 flight hours and a passion for aerospace.

Senior Leadership Team

Rod Zastrow
President/COO
James Dunn
CFO
Tom Bowen
Chief Engineer
John Knudsen
General Counsel & Executive Vice President
Tom Calgaard
Sr. Vice President of Strategy and Business Development
Christina Herren
Vice President Human Resources and Administrative Operations
David Rawley
VP, Operations
Brad Busse
Director
Howard Janzen
Director
Frank Steeves
Director
Craig Fuller
Director
Mark Johnson
Director
Dale Egan
Business Counsel
Alexandre Couvelaire
Senior Vice President

Our Team

Strategic Advisory Council

Pete Bunce
President and CEO, General Aviation Manufactures Association
Chad Asarch
Business Executive & Attorney
Carol Melton
CEO & Founder of Adeft Capital
Mark Armstrong
Strategic Advisor
Cassie Lee
Co-Founder, Brooke Owens Fellowship
Shari Goodstein
Strategic Advisor
Nadege Fourny
Strategic Advisor
Frank Culbertson
Strategic Advisor
James Stowers
Strategic Advisor
Bob King
Strategic Advisor