Will your next Skyhawk be electric?

November 5, 2010 by Mike Collins

Will you have to add “charge batteries” to the preflight checklist for your Cessna 172? Maybe someday, if George Bye of DenverĀ and his Bye Aerospace are successful.

His goal is to develop–and get FAA certification for–an electric propulsion system for the venerable Cessna 172. Performance would be about the same as its piston-powered predecessors, but you’d have to land every two hours for a charge. That might be workable in the training environment but presents a challenge if you’re looking to cover some ground with a long cross-country.

His idea is the subject of a lengthy video interview, produced Nov. 3 by EV World, a website focused on sustainable transportation. The interview was conducted over the Internet using Skype.

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