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
03/19/2018 Our Alpha Electros have arrived!! On the morning of March 13, 2018 at about 8:40 am, two 40 foot shipping container trucks rolled through the gate at Fresno Chandler Executive Airport with our four (4) Pipistrel Alpha Electros, four chargers, and a Pipistrel simulator destined for a customer in L.A. It took a crew …
01/13/2018 Our Alpha Electros are on their way to the U.S.! Just before Christmas all four of our Alpha Electros were completed and test flown at the factory. They were then loaded in two containers and shipped to the U.S. Below are some photos of two of the planes at the factory going through flight testing …
11/19/2017 Our Alpha Electros are late, but in production!! When we ordered our Alpha Electros, the factory estimated they would be completed by the end of August and the first of September respectively and that we should receive them by mid-November. However, that has not been the case. We have been in contact with the …