Since 2014, Faradair® has been specifying hybrid and electric regional flight opportunity that others are now starting to copy and follow. The true pioneers of Urban Air Mobility within the UK, Faradair® are excited to announce two new aircraft variants of their BEHA (Bio Electric Hybrid Aircraft) including an all electric version and a pilot optional military variant.
Previously known as the BEHA 6, 8 and X concepts, the company has now created three separate variants targeting specific markets and pushing the boundaries once more, by offering more range, payload capability and lower cost of operations than their competitors.
The BEHA H1 now replaces the BEHA Six and Eight as the hybrid model of the BEHA product line up. To date the programme has focused on hybrid/electric propulsion and the new Hybraero H600 hybrid propulsion engine (in joint venture with PRODRIVE) will deliver market leading power to weight capability and low cost of operations. The aircraft’s e-motors and ICE engine can deliver 600hp in combination, with fuel burn expected to be in single digits per hour.
This aircraft will come in 6-10 seat configurations, from VIP to corporate shuttle, from cargo to patrol variant. The aircraft’s unique ‘triple box-wing’ configuration allows extremely short take-off and landing capability (now being termed E-STOL) whilst also allowing the aircraft to lift large payloads. BEHA can operate from any surface, needing less than 200 meters to take off and land. The all carbon composite aircraft utilises integrated solar panels for on-board system power when parked and includes noise reduction technologies via the duct/shrouded prop and the fan/propeller.
The aircraft will deliver up to 10 minutes of pure electric propulsion, which can either be used to reduce noise, emissions and fuel burn at take-off, or as a safety back-up in event of primary internal combustion engine stoppage. The aircraft is JetA/Biofuel capable, can fly in excess of 160 knots at cruise speed and able to fly further than 1000nm (nautical miles). At 40 knots the aircraft does not stall, even at 16 degrees angle of attack, as proven by the aerospace engineering team at Cranfield University.
This new model, announced exclusively as part of the Urban Air Mobility presentation by Faradair® in the Insight Theatre of Hall 4 at the Farnborough International Airshow today, is the ALL-ELECTRIC powered BEHA, capable of all the same flight characteristics of the H1 model, but with ZERO emissions and noise output levels forecasted to be less than 60db (noise level of a small office).
The revolutionary wing design of the BEHA, allows the aircraft to lift considerably heavier payloads than competing aircraft and as a result, the airframe can carry more batteries, enabling it to fly in excess of 2 hours on pure electric power, re-charged via fast charger within 20 minutes at airfields.
“We are delighted to be able to finally reveal a capability of the aircraft and the programme that we have been protecting for nearly two years. When we knew we could lift some heavy loads, we have always known that for the foreseeable future, batteries will remain heavy, even in solid state configuration and yet our BEHA can lift a viable load, to allow decent range capability and thus lowering the operational cost and noise footprint further from the hybrid variant.” Managing Director of Faradair® Neil Cloughley said.
“Certain parts of the world have expressed their desire for a full electric version of the BEHA and we are pleased to be able to offer the BEHA E1 as a viable contender into this market. After all, having been formed for several years before all the headline grabbing American electric aircraft companies, it is high time they had some British competition”
The twin 150kw e-motor BEHA E1 is expected to fly in 2021, alongside the BEHA H1 hybrid prototype.
The second new variant announcement is a non-civilian version of the BEHA to be designated the ‘M1’, powered by a traditional turboprop with e-motor hybrid capability.
Studies have shown that with a 2000hp Turboprop in the back of the BEHA, the airframe could lift a payload in excess of 10 tonnes. The aircraft will be a true ‘multi-role’ load lifter, generating low noise, radar and heat signatures, being manned or unmanned flight capable with full autonomous capability.
The aircraft is specifically designed to be used by various force elements as a core air platform, but with quick change and mission change capability, allowing the operational engineering support costs to be lower than helicopter operations. The aircraft has the ability to lift a heavy payload, be that equipment, fuel, supplies, personnel or munitions, whilst still taking off in less than 200 meters depending on specific payload.
“With our family history pioneering the UAV sector, this really is an exciting development for us. I always knew the BEHA could be a phenomenal military asset, able to deliver low cost AEW, ASW, SAR, ISTAR, Light tactical support, logistics supply and a range of other roles including potential ability for refuelling and long duration UAV operations. The aircraft has already attracted Special Forces interest and we are currently exploring a number of specific roles for the first prototype aircraft. Imagine the ability for multiple BEHA M1’s to deliver beyond the horizon radar cover protection or refuelling capability for the UK’s new aircraft carriers. This little aircraft is going to surprise a lot of people and we are looking forward to selecting a turboprop partner to begin development with” said Mr Cloughley.
To assist in this new side to the business, the company is delighted to announce the addition of Rick Cunliffe to the Advisory Board.
Rick is a US National and has 50+ years in aviation beginning in the USAF (flying F-4 Phantoms in Vietnam) and serving in a variety of senior positions throughout his distinguished international career in Aerospace. He has significant experience in the defence sector, and general aviation, including achievements in many aspects of the business.
Mr Cloughley concludes, “It is never easy to be a Start-up or SME aerospace company in the UK, especially when so much funding always seems to be given to the major UK aerospace primes, but we are so proud of our achievements over the last four years. Adding someone like Rick to the team and expanding our product portfolio offering, really sets out our ambition to be the UK’s leading hybrid and electric aircraft manufacturer, with the potential to create over 500 new jobs and deliver British built aircraft once more. Faradair® has advised the UK Government on future flight policy in 2017 and recently became a founding member of the Urban Air Transport Group within the ADS”.
“Over the last four years we have proven that our vision is correct, our product offerings are deliverable and our solid determination to take on the world’s largest aerospace companies with genuinely innovative and sought after products that actually change the way we fly regionally today. The addition of the military programme to the portfolio simply strengthens our business case and we look forward to speaking with new partners and investors in the coming weeks, including a possible announcement surrounding a future home base of operations. The Prime Minister Theresa May, has announced support for UK Start-up’s and SME primes, yet to date, tax payer funds have been controlled by the vested interests of the Tier 1’s and this has to change if we are to genuinely compete in the International aerospace arena”
To find out more about this exciting aviation project visit www.faradair.com
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Notes to editors
The BEHA (Bio Electric Hybrid Aircraft) is the brainchild of commercial aviation and former IT entrepreneur Neil Cloughley. He believes ‘Faradair®’ is evolving at the perfect time for clean-technology and environmentally friendly aircraft, resulting in a programme that is attracting world class, market leading partners which in turn is generating increased global interest in BEHA. The greatest challenge and restriction from further aviation sector growth comes from emissions and noise output from Aircraft. Neil has created a team, a company, a brand and an initial aircraft design concept that could significantly increase urban and military aviation opportunity. In just 4 years Faradair® has inserted itself into the aerospace market and it intends to be one of the leading companies in this new aviation sector.
Since 2014 Faradair® remains the UK’s leading hybrid electric aircraft development company, based in the heart of the Cotswolds in the UK. This double award winning Cirencester start-up is working with a select group of partners to deliver innovative prototype aircraft and propulsion systems that are set for trials over the next three years. Faradair®’s vision for hybrid electric regional air transport is now being adopted by many of the major tier 1 aerospace primes, yet the Bio-Electric-Hybrid-Aircraft (BEHA) remains the UK’s most advanced programme with flight tests of scale models already underway.
‘Hybraero’ is the exciting joint venture between Faradair® and Prodrive, a motorsport and advanced engineering company, developing a new form of hybrid aviation engine called the Hybraero H600 that is not only creating a propulsion system for BEHA, but it is creating a stand-alone market opportunity for other aircraft manufacturers and sectors that could use a 600hp capable hybrid propulsion engine.
Faradair® aims to be one of the world’s leading hybrid aviation technology companies and future projects include a larger regional commuter variant of BEHA. This will significantly reduce the impact of intercity commercial aviation on the environment and on those living within close proximity of airports, whilst also providing a financially viable alternative to road and rail transport.
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