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Iceland Flight Academy Purchases Bye Aerospace eFlyers

Reykjavik Flight Academy has agreed to purchase three all-electric eFlyer training aircraft, breaking new ground in the history of flight instruction in Iceland. This will be the first time in the country students will be offered instruction on aircraft that run solely on electricity.The aircraft will be manufactured in the United States by Bye Aerospace. Two of the aircraft will be the eFlyer 2 model, a two-seater primary training aircraft, and the third will be the eFlyer 4, a four-seater advanced training aircraft. An agreement is currently under negotiation for the option to purchase two additional eFlyer aircraft.The limited flight endurance of electric aircraft has been the greatest holdback from the general aviation market. However, with recent advancements, Bye Aerospace has taken the lead in the market by ensuring 3 hours of flight endurance including reserves. This exceeds the main competitors in the market, most of which are limited to only a single hour of use at a time.Electric aircraft have a great advantage over aviation gasoline powered aircraft, in that electric motors can deliver relatively high power output with a smaller carbon footprint. The eFlyer 2 will offer 150HP, which is about 40-50% more than an equivalent class of combustion engine with no density altitude losses. By replacing the burning of fossil fuels with electricity, the Flight Academy will be able to save on operating costs. The estimated cost of the eFlyer is about 1/5 of comparable conventional aircraft that use the more common fuel. The carbon footprint of these training aircraft will be negligible and the noise impact almost undetectable.As a teaching tool, the eFlyer aircraft are at the forefront due to the parachutes attached to their fuselage. The covers can be released with one handle and they glide safely to the ground. This comes as standard equipment on the aircraft and greatly increases student safety."Investment in electric aircraft for training is a major step, both in the history of aviation in Iceland in general and as part of environmental initiatives that are currently taking place," said Hjörvar Hans Bragason, principal of Reykjavík Flight Academy. "With the new aircraft, Reykjavik Flight Academy will be a leader in its field and will proudly be able to offer first-class equipment for training and instruction. Increased safety, lower costs and more environmentally friendly options will be a guiding principle in our service to the pilots of the future."
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