Introducing BEHA our ‘Bio Electric Hybrid Aircraft’
In November 2014, Faradair® launched BEHA, a 6-seat, carbon composite, hybrid aircraft project that is focused in solving two primary problems for further aviation growth – Noise and Emissions. Introducing BEHA the 21st century Triplane.
Modern society has become used to only using aircraft for long distance trips, allowing road and rail to now dominate regional transport requirements. But this was not always the case – The early 1930’s civil airliner, the De Havilland Dragon Rapide (shown to the right), is not only one of our favourite aircraft, but it was also a typical regional airliner of the period, carrying up to 11 passengers on trips such as London to Manchester. It was this use of aircraft for regional flight that gave us the inspiration for a lightweight, clean, quiet and safe aircraft, able to challenge the dominance of road and rail once more.
Combining latest technologies with innovation, BEHA’s unique design will be one of the most environmentally friendly aircraft in the skies; it could revolutionise urban flying by the considerable reduction in noise and emissions pollution.
BEHA’s design patented ‘Triple-Box Wing’ configuration generating high lift and exceptional short take off and landing capability combined with an all carbon-composite airframe will give BEHA the capability to get in and out of new small airfields.
The propulsion is provided via the Hybraero H600 hybrid engine, with a shrouded prop to reduce noise. The hybrid engine is a parallel hybrid, utilising a new clean sheet design 300hp internal combustion engine (ICE) running on either JetA1 or Biofuel in combination with twin electric motors also capable of delivering 300hp in a pusher configuration.
The electric motors will have enough battery life for up to 10 minutes of electric flight, giving the pilot the choice of whether to use this almost silent flight capability for take-off to reduce noise and emissions to the local populace, or to keep the electric flight capability in reserve in case of primary power failure. Either way, the ICE engine recharges the battery for the electric motors whilst they are not being used.
BEHA promises relatively unique flight characteristics for an aircraft of its size (12m/40ft wingspan and 10m/32.8ft length) and operational advantages focusing on high-lift generation and economical power.
The use of solar skin panels and ram air turbines to create power for the on-board systems, allows more power in the primary battery to be kept for propulsion. These new clean technologies will enable the aircraft to generate power either during operational flight or when parked on the ground.
Quite simply, BEHA will be one of the greenest and safest modes of air transport that is set to transform urban aviation and regional flight operations.