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
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. …
10/28/2018 We have achieved 100 hours of endurance testing to support our petition!! Last week on the 25th, I reached 100 hours of endurance testing on N197AM, serial number 878 AE 60! This milestone is significant since it is the amount of testing on a single aircraft that we need to prove the planes comply …
09/09/2018 It has been a challenging summer, but we are on track! The heat has been a challenge with operating the Alpha Electros this summer, but we have come up with some creative solutions that have allowed us to continue accruing hours toward our goal of 100 hours on one aircraft to support our petition …