Spartan College Signs Agreement for Aircraft

SUN FLYER: Single-seat technology demonstrator for the solar-electric Sun Flyer.

Photo courtesy of Deborah Smith, Centennial Airport.

Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology has signed a Training Program Development and Deposit Agreement with Aero Electric Aircraft Corp. (). Spartan is 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 .

Peter Harris, of Spartan College, says, “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, of , thanked Spartan College for their collaboration and support. “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,” he said. “Spartan College is to be commended for their innovative spirit and forward-thinking strategy.”

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.

Aero Electric Aircraft Corp. was created to produce, under license, the 2-seat Sun Flyer aircraft and bring it to market. For more information, visit

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

Updated 02-02-2015

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