Established in February 2014, the eFlyer program was created by Bye Aerospace to produce the two seat “eFlyer”, and for it to be fully certified under the new FAR 23, and bring it to market. We intend to serve general aviation by providing a clean, renewable energy, electric training aircraft. As of May 2020 we have over 329 paid purchase deposits, split between the eFlyer 2 and eFlyer 4. Check out the video of the eFlyer 2 prototype in flight below.
Electric Training Aircraft
This two-seat aircraft will change the way pilots train. The cost-efficient aircraft will enable new pilots to train without prohibitive fuel costs.
Starting in 2020, the eFlyer 2 requires a $5,000 deposit. The 4-seat eFlyer 4 requires a $10,000 deposit. For more information on pricing, email: email@example.com
Insight on the eFlyer from George Bye (Founder and CEO):
eFlyer 2 Specs*
- Cabin Width
- Wing Span
- Glide Ratio
- Normal Speeds
- Flight Endurance
- Rate of Climb
- Crew & Passengers
- Hourly Operations Costs
with easy access center stick flight controls
provides ample room for a flight training work environment
37 Feet 10 Inches
nicely accommodates 40 foot hangar doors
provides twice the aerodynamic efficiency of a Cessna 172
very nice power for takeoff and climb performance
a broad range of low to high speed performance for the flight training mission
designed for optimum endurance safety margins on typical flight training sorties of 1.1 to 1.3 flight hours
great climb performance further enhanced by lack of density altitude sensitivity from electric propulsion
payload is generous to accomodate pilot and instructor comfortably
$23.00 Total Ops Costs Per Hour for the eFlyer 2
Compare: $110.00 Total Ops Costs Per Hour for a Cessna 172
*The information presented is designed to acquaint the reader with the eFlyer characteristics. For many reasons, including the continuous review and development of the aircraft, the information presented in this document may be incomplete and may be superseded without notice.
Until recently, demand for new airline pilots had increased dramatically over requirements from 5 or 10 years ago. Due to the coronavirus impact on airline transportation, we believe this demand will be significantly reduced for the next 2-3 years. However, over a longer 20-year timeframe, according to Boeing (2019), an estimated 804,000 new commercial and airline pilots are needed, (an increase from 637,000 estimated in 2017) over the next 20 years. This requirement is a 5-fold increase of the 165,000 airline pilots flying today and a timely market entry in 2-3 years for the high-tech all-electric eFlyer 2 trainer. To meet this pilot training demand, it is estimated that the addressable market of 45,000 units is needed. Of this total, the eFlyer target market is 36,000 units.
The existing 230,000-unit General Aviation fleet is ripe for replacement. The majority of these aircraft were manufactured between 1960 and 1983 when production averaged over 10,000 units per year. Sales slumped in the early 1980’s due to market saturation, rising fuel cost and limited access to capital with high interest rates. According to the FAA and GAMA, in the U.S. there are 10,800 two-seat trainers in use today that average 48-years old. These old, legacy aircraft are difficult and costly to maintain, burn expensive leaded aviation gasoline producing CO2, and are nearing obsolescence.