Electric Airplanes Wait For FAA Approval For Flight Training | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Airborne Unlimited-
Monday

Airborne-Unmanned w/AUVSI-
Tuesday

Airborne Unlimited-
Wednesday

AMA Drone Report-
Thursday

Airborne Unlimited-
Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne Unlimited-08.13.18

Airborne Unmanned-08.14.18

Airborne Unlimited-08.15.18

AMA Drone Report-08.16.18

Airborne Unlimited-08.17.18

Airborne-YouTube

Airborne Unlimited-08.13.18

Airborne Unmanned-08.14.18

Airborne Unlimited-08.15.18

AMA Drone Report-08.16.18

Airborne Unlimited-08.17.18

It's ALIVE!!! The 2018 AirVenture Innovation Preview is Viewable RIGHT NOW at www.oshcast.com or www.oshcast.net!

Tue, May 15, 2018

Electric Airplanes Wait For FAA Approval For Flight Training

But Current Rules Say Light Sport Aircraft Must Be Powered By A Reciprocating Engine

The cities of Reedley and Mendota, CA recently purchased four Pipistrel Alpha Electro aircraft for use in a pilot training program through a $1.3 million grant from the state. But until FAA regulations change, the airplanes are not allowed to be used for that purpose.

The Business Journal reports that pilots for The Sustainable Aviation Project, a non profit organization established to operate and maintain the airplanes, are flying the aircraft to check their range and developing a flight training curriculum. The aircraft would be operated between Chandler airport in Fresno, Mendota’s William Robert Johnston Municipal Airport and Reedley Municipal Airport, all in fairly close proximity to one another.

But there is a problem. FAA rules governing Light Sport Aircraft specify that they must be powered by a reciprocating (read gasoline-powered) engine. And a change in those rules, once introduced, could take years to be approved.

The airplanes are currently certified as experimental, allowing them to be flown. But the certification does not allow them to be used for flight training, the purpose for which they were purchased.

The Sustainable Aviation Project has been working for months to obtain a waiver from the FAA to allow them to begin flight training.

The goal of the program is to provide flight training at a lower cost to students who might not otherwise be able to afford the lessons.

(Image from file)

FMI: Original report, www.sustainableaviationproject.com

Advertisement

More News

It's ALIVE! 2018 AirVenture Innovation Preview Program Now Available

Get The Inside Details On THE Most Exciting NEW Innovations And Product Announcements From OSHKOSH 2018... The staff of EAA and the Aero-News Network were pleased to release the la>[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 08.14.18: Wing Delivery, Pilot Unions, Drones Herd Birds

Also: Cyberhawk, Oceans Unmanned, VerdeGo Aero, Swift Engineering A pioneering commercial BVLOS delivery by drone brought ice cream to a two-year-old in a demonstration conducted i>[...]

Airborne 08.15.18: Bell 525 Milestone, Parker Solar Probe, NIMBY Nonsense

Also: Aerion Supersonic, Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, Australia GA Maintenance, Flight Training Legislation The Bell 525 Relentless program is closing in on an anticipated 2019 cert>[...]

Airborne 08.15.18: Bell 525 Milestone, Parker Solar Probe, NIMBY Nonsense

Also: Aerion Supersonic, Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, Australia GA Maintenance, Flight Training Legislation The Bell 525 Relentless program is closing in on an anticipated 2019 cert>[...]

AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes

>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2018 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC