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The Sustainable Aviation Project is a public-private collaboration to reduce the cost of flight training through the use of all-electric general aviation airplanes.  Our partners include the City of Reedley, City of Mendota, Reedley College, a local flying service, the Fresno Business Council, and the CALSTART San Joaquin Valley Clean Transportation Center.

About

The initial spark for the idea came to Joseph Oldham while nurturing relationships between businesses and government to get zero-emission buses into public transit fleets.  A pilot for over 40 years, Oldham approached Richard Duncan, manager of Fresno Chandler Executive Airport, and together they began brainstorming how a network of chargers located up and down the San Joaquin Valley could support the operation of a small fleet of Pipistrel Alpha Electro aircraft for flight training operations. More conversations with other interested parties, long nights writing grant proposals, presentations to various city boards and government groups, and the Sustainable Aviation Project was born!

Aircraft

We are using modern, all-electric, composite aircraft designed and built by Pipistrel

Pipistrel Alpha Electro: link

AOPA review of Alpha Electro: link

Media

ABC news loved our Apr 17, 2018 public unveiling of our four Pipistrel Alpha Electro all-electric airplanes: link

The Fresno Bee coverage of the unveiling: link

AOPA article on the arrival of the four Pipistrel Alpha Electros: link

AVweb is excited about our electric airplanes: link

CAFE Foundation‘s coverage of our airplanes’ arrival: link

Aviation International News article sharing the arrival news: link

AOPA‘s first article about the project: link

Check out the videos from our first takeoff and flight from KFCH!
first takeoff Fri, Mar 23, 2018: video
first flight Fri, Mar 23, 2018: video

More videos at our YouTube site: link

Blog

It’s been a while!

06/27/2018 Sorry for taking so long to update everyone on our project; it has been an amazing several months since we took delivery of our four Alpha Electros and started flying them! Here are some of the highlights: We have accumulated about 40 hours of flight time across all four aircraft to date. They are …

Planned Locations

City of Mendota’s William Robert Johnston Municipal Airport (M90)

Fresno Chandler Executive Airport (KFCH)

Reedley Municipal Airport (O32)

Fourth location = TBD