Euralair Signs Deposit Agreements for Three Sun Flyers
“Euralair is a well-known company in France,” said George Bye, CEO of AEAC. “Of particular note is Euralair’s CEO, Alexandre Couvelaire, who is also a member of the AEAC board of directors and has been instrumental in advancing the Sun Flyer program throughout Europe.”
Couvelaire said Euralair intends to collaborate with several partners to establish a flight school that will specialize only in electric aircraft at Paris’ Toussus le Noble, the busiest general aviation airport in France with over 110,000 movements per year. Richard Deuve, previous General Manager of FSI at Paris’ Le Bourget airport, will bring his expertise to help establish a primary pilot training school at Toussus le Noble with Sun Flyer airplanes. In addition, the new venture will coordinate with Jean Billioque, President of Aero Touring Club de France, which previously signed a deposit agreement for a Sun Flyer. Couvelaire also said he intends to start discussions with Redbird Flight Simulations for a Sun Flyer flight simulator.
“It is also the desire of Euralair to participate with J.L. Charron, Vice President of la Féderation Française Aeronautique (FFA) in a consortium headed by FFA to promote electric-powered airplane training in France,” Couvelaire said. “The Sun Flyers will help Toussus le Noble, as indicated by Mayor Patrick Charles, to become the “Aerodrome of the Future,” reducing the environmental impact, primarily noise concerns.”
In addition to its rich history in European general aviation, Euralair is a major shareholder of one of the main fixed base operators (FBO), AFF’AIR, at Toussus le Noble, where the electric operation will be based.
Sun Flyer is intended to be the first FAA-certified, U.S.-sponsored, practical, all-electric airplane to serve the flight training and general aviation markets. It features a remarkably low operating cost, low aircraft unit cost, low noise and the elimination of exhaust pollutants. Energy, or “fuel,” cost for Sun Flyer is remarkably low compared to the per-hour cost for piston-engine leaded avgas.
The 2-seat proof of concept prototype for the Sun Flyer solar-electric flight is completing final integration and will soon begin power-on tests at its home station at Centennial Airport near Denver. The prototype is on display at Booth 66 during EAA AirVenture week.