Arapahoe County aerospace company says pandemic hasn’t grounded quest to produce electric airplanes
Monday, August 03, 2020
George Bye’s mission to make it easier for aspiring pilots by providing less costly, electric training planes is still on track despite being temporarily grounded by the coronavirus pandemic.
George Bye, chairman and CEO of Bye Aerospace. Provided by Bye Aerospace
Bye, chairman and CEO of Bye Aerospace, isn’t discouraged by the nosedive in air travel as the virus has spread, causing airlines that were once scrambling to find new pilots to consider drastic workforce cuts. He says depending on the progress with treatments and a vaccine for COVID-19, it will likely take two to three years for the airline industry to recover.
By then, there will be a demand for more pilots because of retirements and the cutbacks made during the pandemic, Bye said. The engineer, former Air Force instructor pilot and Desert Storm veteran expects his company’s two-seat all-electric training plane to be federally certified and ready for take-off at that point.