A little bit more about us – Faradair Aerospace Limited is double award winning and most exciting new hybrid aircraft manufacturing programme in the UK.
We launched to the public on November 17th 2014 with our vision for a new class of ‘Hybrid’ eco-friendly aircraft that could offer owners and operators an economically viable alternative to inter-city road and rail transport.
The origins for much of our thinking and experience comes from one of the UK’s most innovative UAV manufacturers in the late 1980’s – ASVEC. A company that was at the forefront of joined wing technology and one that many considered to be 10 years ahead of its time. Faradair harnesses that innovation and builds upon a wealth of experience of its team members to create a market viable opportunity today.
But most importantly, we remember the likes of the de Havilland Dragon Rapide (shown in the photo above) and Dove, these were early airliners that carried passengers between cities more regularly than aircraft operate today and yet these aircraft operated over 80 years ago. So all of us at Faradair believe that we need to return to the skies on a regional basis, to improve quality of life, reduce congestion, reduce journey times, reduce emissions thereby increasing competition and choice within commuter networks to lower costs.
Based in the heart of the ‘Cotswolds’ region in the UK, this Cirencester has grown from start-up to scale-up, working with a select group of partners to deliver an innovative hybrid aircraft concept – BEHA (Bio-Electric-Hybrid-Aircraft).
Until the issues of noise, emissions and operational costs are addressed, the regional and urban aviation market opportunities will be restricted.
BEHA is designed to begin the transition to cleaner, quieter air travel. It will address the growing global requirement for eco-friendly transport options with lower cost of operations and multi-role capability. It will open the opportunity for responsible industry growth, creating a future ‘Green Aviation’ standard both in consumer and commercial aviation, based on deliverable technology, not fanciful trends.
In the first year of operations, the company achieved global media coverage, established key industry partners who provide expertise and engineering resources for key programme elements. In the second year of operations, the initial BEHA aircraft design began its transformation from a design concept to viable aircraft platform. This rapid development can be seen when you compare the image below from our initial launch to the images you see above and on the website today.
The primary development from the initial launch design shows us the change in propulsion idea. Initially the aircraft was to include a separate pusher propeller within a square duct, supplemented by side mounted electric ducted fan motors (mistakenly thought by some to be our ram air turbines for energy recovery).
Following our initial design analysis with Cranfield University, it was decided that a new, combined hybrid propulsion unit (that integrated an internal combustion engine and twin electric motors) could be deployed, utilising a traditional single duct configuration to assist in noise reduction, along with various aerodynamic modifications to the airframe as well.
The ‘triple box wing’ was issued a design patent and this wing is delivering flight capabilities that will support various mission configurations.
BEHA continues to evolve as supporting technology develops, now becoming a true multi-role aircraft, powered by an innovative hybrid propulsion system called the ‘Hybraero H600’. Hybraero is a new joint venture between Faradair and PRODRIVE (more about that in our Hybraero section).
All of this has happened in just 24 months, imagine the possibilities of what we can achieve in the next 3 years!
Just some of the coverage achieved by Faradair
Why not join us on our journey via investment, to be involved in a new aircraft programme that could change the way we travel between cities.