San Francisco-based BlackBird Air Inc., the United States’ largest aviation marketplace, has committed to buying 100 four-seat eFlyer 4 and 10 two-seat eFlyer 2 aircraft from Denver-based electric aircraft developer, Bye Aerospace. The partnership marks a major milestone for both companies – the purchase will dramatically increase BlackBird’s air transportation network while solidifying Bye Aerospace as a manufacturer of the world’s first all-electric aircraft that meets United States Federal Aviation Administration Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) Part 23 airworthiness standards for normal, utility, acrobatic, and commuter aircraft.
BlackBird will incorporate the eFlyer fleet into its operations at local airports. The company’s marketplace currently provides the freedom to travel between 50 miles and 300 miles for much less time and money than driving, with plans to expand further.
Bookmark http://www.sae.org/news to keep pace with the latest aerospace technology news and information.
Subscribe to SAE MOBILUS for access to more than 200,000 resources, including aerospace standards, technical papers, eBooks, magazines, and video.
William Kucinski is content editor at SAE International, Aerospace Products Group in Warrendale, Pa. Previously, he worked as a writer at the NASA Safety Center in Cleveland, Ohio and was responsible for writing the agency’s System Failure Case Studies. His interests include literally anything that has to do with space, past and present military aircraft, and propulsion technology.
Contact him regarding any article or collaboration ideas by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Continue reading »