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SunFlyer Sparten SmallAs aviation technology develops we are witnessing a revolution in electric (battery) powered aircraft. Such aircraft seem to offer the best solution for a number of age old problems that tend to plague flying such as noise levels, fuel costs and maintenance fees.

The development of a 2 seat training aircraft is certainly an intriguing step forward but when a US training company commits to by 20 aircraft fresh from the development blackboard it is a giant leap into the future. A leap that could benefit us all.

SunFlyer Sparten LargeThe "Sun Flyer"

A pilot will spend most of their money over a relatively short period of time when going through the process of learning to fly. In the UK a PPL will cost around £10,000 for an average student, so the greatest of all the benefits provided by battery powered flight must be the saving in (ever increasing) fuel costs. Add to that the fact that almost all airfields in the UK are regularly and insistently held to account by NIMBY led Councillors regarding noise; we have, it seems, the solution. 

Airtime will be following developments closely and will be poised to offer engine maintenance services for these types of aircraft as soon as UK Flying Schools start importing them.


Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology (Denver) signed a Training Program Development and Deposit Agreement with Aero Electric Aircraft Corp. (AEAC) reserving the first 20 “Sun Flyer” delivery positions and is to help develop a complete training system for the “Sun Flyer” solar-electric training aircraft being developed by AEAC. 

Peter Harris, CEO of Spartan College, said, “This agreement signifies our commitment to innovation and to serving the next generation of pilots. Spartan College is honored to be the first training school to formalize our collaboration on a complete training system that will make flight training more modern, accessible and economical than ever before.”

George Bye, CEO of AEAC, said “Our goal with Sun Flyer is to achieve lower operating costs and enhanced safety features for a training airplane by focusing on the benefits of solar-electric propulsion and durable composite construction.”

AEAC is planning to offer the first certified U.S.-sponsored, practical, all-electric airplane serving the aviation training markets. The company recently unveiled the single-seat technology demonstrator for its next-generation solar-electric training aircraft and continues to perform initial R&D flight test operations at Centennial Airport near Denver. Flight tests will continue while the first 2-seat prototype Sun Flyer is being assembled.


About Aero Electric aircraft corp.
Aero Electric Aircraft Corp. was created to produce, under license, the 2-seat Sun Flyer aircraft and bring it to market. For more information, go to
As a historical training asset in the aviation industry since 1928, Spartan College monitors changes in the market and regularly makes opportunistic adjustments to ensure it is providing the trained workforce needed to meet employer demand for professional pilots, mechanics, technicians and inspectors. For more information go to

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