Taking aviation to a new age
Launch of innovative environmentally friendly aircraft programme
Watching a nearly silent aircraft fly past your bedroom window at night, fuelled by used vegetable oil and batteries is one step closer to becoming a reality thanks to the new UK aviation company, Faradair Aerospace Limited.
Combining a bio-diesel engine with electric motors, Faradair’s Bio-Electric-Hybrid-Aircraft (BEHA) is an innovative six seat Hybrid Aircraft that could revolutionise general aviation. The BEHA aircraft concept is currently building an impressive list of partners, many of which will be revealed in coming weeks but will include the renowned aviation engineering university at Cranfield, to help deliver key technologies to make the prototype aircraft a reality within the next two years.
“Markets will be opened up as this lightweight, state-of-the-art, carbon fibre, high-lift designed aircraft will negate night flight restrictions and pollution concerns,” says Neil Cloughley, Managing Director, Faradair Aerospace Limited. “Its truly radical and futuristic design aims to follow in the footsteps of other great British aviation achievements by becoming a game changing aircraft that helps transform aviation as we know it today.”
Key components which set the BEHA apart from current electric aircraft are its size and true ‘Hybrid’ duel fuel capability. Faradair will develop energy recovery technologies, such as solar panel skins on all flight surfaces, combined with a revolutionary wind-turbine technology, to create battery-charging capability for both in-flight and when on the ground.
Safety is paramount to Faradair, and other innovations include the aircraft’s autonomous capability with the ability to be remote-controlled by a Faradair ground pilot in cases of emergency. Plus the aircraft will be fitted with a ballistic parachute recovery system and one of the most impressive safety structures within general aviation, based on Formula 1 style crash protection.
“This aircraft will be one of the most eco-friendly and safest aircraft in the world, costing somewhere close to $1m US Dollars per aircraft,” says Neil. “Plus our production facility will be equally environmentally focused.”
Other benefits the plane will bring include not only helping with the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme which aims to have stringent emissions reduction targets by 2020, but also assisting the private aviation industry. “While many people, such as Hollywood celebrity and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio, (who recently spoke at the UN Summit Meeting on Climate Change), are reducing their personal carbon footprint by abandoning private jet travel, BEHA offers a genuine alternative for personal aviation while respecting the environment” explains Neil.
The BEHA will give operators the ability to operate inter-city travel with minimal impact on those around them, and minimal operation costs. From flight schools, wildlife observation and emergency services, to recreational and business use, this aircraft will offer opportunities and options throughout all hours of the day and night.
While Faradair is assessing a number of financing opportunities, it has launched a crowd funding programme at Kickstarter (look for Faradair) in order to give people the opportunity to be a part of a truly exciting journey over the next two years. Faradair can be found online at www.faradair.com and www.facebook.com/Faradair and is on Twitter @Faradair.