The Faradair BEHA vision was to create a new light utility aircraft capable of multiple roles
If you want a 4 seat piston engine aircraft there are literally hundreds of new aircraft to choose from, however one company dominates that space with over 300 aircraft sold every year. Our BEHA vision was to create a new type of aircraft that was truly ‘multi-role’ able to serve different markets and mission capability.
The primary focus related to urban flight opportunity, creating an aircraft capable of flying 24/7 without disturbing the local populace. The majority of these flight operations would be in a private civilian role, however emergency services and air taxi operations are also significant markets for the BEHA.
Further mission roles and opportunities are highlighted below;
- viable low cost intercity commuter operations currently dominated by road and rail operators
- a friend to nature, BEHA can be used to aid conservation efforts in combating poachers and tracking wildlife
- air taxi services for organisations, hotels, resorts and government organisations
- undertake many roles currently delivered by helicopter but for a fraction of the cost and noise pollution
- tourism applications where aerial tours no longer have to disturb those beneath the flight path
- Police and emergency service operations with low operational costs and low impact to local populace
- power line and oil pipeline survey and inspection
- oil Rig transport via ‘floatplane’ derivative of BEHA
- fisheries, Coast Guard, Maritime or border patrol
- Light freight/utility cargo operations during unsocial hours
- VIP/Corporate shuttle
- BEHA can be flown as a drone/UAV with full remote pilot capability in times of an emergency or as a future on demand air taxi
The long term objective for Faradair is to scale up the BEHA design to create a larger variant for regional passenger transport. This could once again offer commuters and airlines the ability to fly economical intercity services, something that has been difficult to achieve with stricter controls on noise and emissions via current regional jet transport aircraft. It is anticipated that the company would seek to form a collaboration with an existing commercial aircraft original equipment manufacturer to build this larger passenger variant.
Faradair is open to any dialogue with OEM’s keen to pursue a similar vision.