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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

“… [A] fleet of four Pipistrel Alpha Electro trainers will be made available for primary training in California’s Central Valley late this year … users of the aircraft will be veterans and low-income youth seeking primary flight training.”
– Read what AVweb reported about us:  link

“A unique public-private collaboration … to prove electric airplanes can dramatically cut the cost of flight training, and venture beyond the traffic pattern.”

– Read AOPA’s article about what we’re doing!  link

Blog

Airplanes on order!

They are ordered!!  On May 24, the City of Reedley wired their deposits to Pipistrel for the last two Alpha Electros and sets of chargers for the project.  The City of Mendota had ordered their two aircraft and chargers the previous week, so now all four aircraft and chargers are ordered.  We have received serial …

Approval!

Today (April 12) we crossed a major milestone for our project!  The Fresno County Transportation Authority Board approved the $1,071,348 grant agreement with the City of Mendota and City of Reedley that authorizes the purchase of the four (4) Pipistrel Alpha Electro trainers, chargers for each aircraft, two new hangars for Mendota, and $90,000 in …

Planned Locations

Reedley Municipal Airport (O32)

William Robert Johnston Municipal Airport in Mendota (M90)

Fresno Chandler Executive Airport (KFCH)

Fresno Yosemite International Airport (KFAT)