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.
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!
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
More videos at our YouTube site: link
After 17 months of testing and validation work, we have submitted our petition for exemption to recertify the four Alpha Electros to SLSAs so they can be used in normal flight training operations!!! The 12-page petition took months of work to prepare and was a huge team effort! In fact, the file was so large …
4/12/2019 Alpha Trainer Arrives! New Vision Aviation (NVA) is excited to announce that we have leased a 2013 Pipistrel Alpha Trainer to allow us to start providing flight training this month while we are still working to get the Alpha Electros approved for normal training activities. The aircraft is from Minnesota and it has taken …
For those of you that have been following our project for some time, you know that we have always talked about a flight training operation that would eventually lease the Alpha Electros from the City of Mendota and City of Reedley so they could be used to train youth, veterans, and residents of Fresno County. …