• Hybrid-Electric Utility Aircraft

    From Larry Dighera@21:1/5 to All on Mon Dec 21 13:20:12 2020

    Hybrid-Electric Utility Aircraft Gathers Support

    Russ Niles
    December 20, 20202

    A British startup has attracted some heavyweights in the electric
    aircraft business to create a hybrid-electric utility aircraft that
    can fill a variety of roles. Faradair Aerospace founder Neil Cloughley
    says Honeywell, magniX, Cambridge Consultants and Nova Systems have
    signed on to help develop his Bio Electric Hybrid Aircraft (BEHA).
    “Their input will enable us to deliver the BEHA prototype by 2024 and subsequent Part 23 certification for operational trials from 2026,”
    said Cloughley. “Gaining such support validates our business model and capability of the BEHA.”

    Cloughley said the first iteration of the aircraft is built around
    Honeywell’s turbine hybrid electric system, which will run on biofuel. Eventually the plan is for a pure electric aircraft as that technology progresses. Faradair is going to keep the first 300 production
    aircraft for itself as what it calls the “largest proof-of-concept air
    mobility program ever created.” It will configure half the aircraft
    for aerial firefighting and 75 as quick-change models that can
    alternate between 18-passenger regional airliners and cargo aircraft.
    There will be 50 pure cargo models and 25 to be used as demos for
    government roles from light transport to fisheries patrols. ---------------------------------------------------


    Faradair is developing a hybrid-electric aircraft concept that solves
    three core problems hindering regional flight growth:

    Operation Costs

    With a clean-sheet design aircraft specifically configured for
    hybrid-electric flight, BEHA aims to achieve significant reductions in
    these areas whilst delivering an economically viable regional air
    transport solution.

    A multi-role asset, BEHA converts from an 18 passenger configuration
    to cargo in just 15 minutes. Accommodating three LD3 cargo containers
    and payloads of up to 5 tons, BEHA is an environment-neutral
    workhorse, maximizing revenue opportunity 24/7.

    Hybrid-electric flight provides a cost-effective distributed aviation
    model, enabling local airfields the ability to offer scheduled and
    charter flight services to regional towns and cities at a price-point
    unmatched through traditional major airport hubs.

    Bio Electric Hybrid Aircraft

    BEHA M1H
    Wingspan 57 ft
    Length 48 ft 2 in
    Height 14 ft 10 in


    Press Release
    17 December, 2020
    UK aerospace boost as Faradair® Aerospace signs new partner consortium
    • Pledges 300 British-designed, sustainable aircraft by 2030
    • Honeywell, magniX, Cambridge Consultants, Nova Systems back the
    In an exciting week for the aviation industry with Jeff Bezos and Bill
    Gates showing
    their support for sustainable aviation, Faradair® Aerospace is
    delighted to reveal a
    powerful consortium of partners to bring back large scale aircraft
    production to the
    The British start-up, headed by aviation entrepreneur Neil Cloughley
    and based at the
    historic airfield at IWM Duxford, Cambridgeshire, announced today (17
    that it has attracted a strong consortium of partners to help it
    deliver 300 of its new
    Bio Electric Hybrid Aircraft (BEHA) by 2030, in a global demonstration
    of regional air
    mobility and special missions.
    Faradair® is delighted to welcome Honeywell, magniX, Cambridge
    and Nova Systems, all leaders in the emerging sustainable aviation
    sector, to its
    existing partnership team.
    Faradair® will work with Honeywell on the BEHA turbogenerator,
    comprised of
    Honeywell’s gas turbine and generator technologies, with the ability
    to run on
    sustainable aviation fuel, to support the hybrid-electric aircraft
    design in addition to
    other technologies, including avionics and flight control systems.
    magniX is regarded as the leading provider of electric motors to the
    aviation industry
    and the BEHA will use two magni500 e-motors and associated magniDrive
    system technology for flight propulsion.
    Cambridge Consultants, widely recognised as a global leader in R&D
    brings its vital expertise in hybrid propulsion architecture to the
    development of the
    BEHA’s hybrid propulsion system, integrating the turbine and flight
    Nova Systems, a global leader in aircraft design, test, evaluation and certification,
    will assist Faradair® through the early prototype development stages, reassuring
    certification authorities that the aircraft is being developed and
    built to the standards
    of existing and future regulations for sustainable aviation
    In line with UK Government ambitions for sustainable air transport,
    the British
    designed and built BEHA will emerge in hybrid electric/turbine
    configuration, but
    engineered for evolution into a fully electric ‘net zero’ commercial
    aircraft when power
    generation technology delivers the power density levels required for
    an 18-seat utility
    aircraft. The BEHA is specifically designed for low cost, quiet, environmentally friendly
    flight, qualities that enable it to deliver Air Mobility as a Service
    (AMaaS) to all.
    The ambition is to deliver an initial portfolio of 300 Faradair®-owned
    BEHAs between
    2026-2030, in the largest proof of concept air mobility programme ever
    created. Of
    these, 150 aircraft will be built in firefighting configuration, 75 as
    quick change (QC,
    passenger to cargo) aircraft, deployed at general aviation airfields
    globally, and 50 as
    pure freighters. The final 25 aircraft will be demonstrated in
    non-civilian government
    roles, including logistics, border and fisheries patrol, and drug
    Commenting on these significant partnerships, Faradair Founder and
    Director Neil Cloughley stated: “The year 2020 has been an extremely
    tough year for
    aerospace and I am delighted to be able to share this positive news
    today, not only
    for the UK aerospace sector, but the sustainable aerospace sector
    “We are honoured to announce our collaboration with these leading organisations.
    Their input will enable us to deliver the BEHA prototype by 2024 and
    subsequent Part
    23 certification for operational trials from 2026. Gaining such
    support validates our
    business model and capability of the BEHA.”
    Stéphane Fymat, vice president and general manager for UAS/UAM at
    said: “We are proud be part of this development program that works
    toward new
    methods of transportation that are quieter, cleaner and more
    efficient. Our work with
    Faradair demonstrates our ongoing commitment to supporting the future
    of flight.”
    magniX CEO Roei Ganzarski, commented: “The BEHA is an exciting
    programme in the electric aviation revolution and one that magniX is
    delighted to be a
    part of. It embodies the next step in sustainable regional air
    Gary Kemp, Programme Director at Cambridge Consultants said:
    Consultants is proud to be working with Faradair® on development of
    the BEHA, an
    aircraft that will minimise the environmental impact of aviation
    emissions and noise
    while achieving exceptional range, endurance and payload capacity.”
    Tim Butler, Fixed Wing Programme Manager and test pilot at Nova
    Systems, stated:
    “We are delighted to team with Faradair® on this exciting, innovative
    British project.
    Nova looks forward to providing its significant experience in flight
    testing to help solve
    the complex problems of making a cutting-edge concept into an everyday
    Working on game-changing programmes and developing green aviation
    is exactly what excites us at Nova and we can’t wait to get the BEHA
    Talks are now advancing at pace with investors and aircraft finance organisations to
    enable the full programme of development to scale up and meet the
    target objectives.
    Meanwhile, Faradair® is building its executive and engineering team,
    and expects to
    make further announcements early in 2021.
    “We will have more exciting news to share in the New Year, but the age
    of the Electric
    Jet has begun,” added Neil Cloughley, who moved Faradair® HQ from Gloucestershire to the renowned technology innovation area of
    Cambridgeshire in
    High resolution images available on request
    To find out more visit www.faradair.com
    Faradair can also be found at: www.facebook.com/Faradair
    Twitter @Faradair
    LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/faradair-aerospace
    Website: www.faradair.com
    Email - info@faradair.com
    Tel - +44 1285 700811
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