ABOVE: The eFlyer 2 was the world’s first FAA Part 23 applicant for a ‘normal category’ electric aircraft 

Skyborne Airline Academy has signed a letter of intent to purchase an additional 30 eFlyer aircraft from Bye Aerospace, taking the training academy’s total commitment to 40 aircraft.

The clean-sheet eFlyer design features a low-wing configuration with fixed tricycle landing gear. The two-seat eFlyer 2 uses a Safran ENGINeUS 100 air-cooled 110kW powerplant and is predicted to offer a range of 220nm range (at 96kt and 10,000ft). The aircraft also features Garmin avionics and a whole-aircraft ballistic recovery parachute.

“Skyborne is an internationally respected flight school, and this additional order is another tremendous endorsement of our product,” highlighted Bye Aerospace President Rod Zastrow, describing the order as building on the company’s “excellent momentum” gained in 2023.

To date, Bye Aerospace’s order book for the eFlyer 2 and eFlyer 4 aircraft now totals 889 units with an estimated value of $570 million (£448 million). The manufacturer intends to produce the first serial production variant in the next twelve months, followed by full FAA certification in 2025 and customer deliveries commencing shortly after.

Skyborne operates from two bases at Florida, US and the UK’s Gloucestershire Airport. It also offers training opportunities via British Airways’ Speedbird Pilot Academy, the Delta Propel Career Path Programme, the IndiGo Cadet Pilot Programme and the SkyWest Professional Pilot Pathway.