The Faradair BEHA vision was to create a new multi-role aircraft that solved three key problems – Noise, emissions and operating costs
Our BEHA vision was to create a new type of aircraft that was truly ‘multi-role’ able to serve different markets and mission capability. This multi-mission, multi-role approach offers several market opportunities, ensuring production volume numbers during market sector cycles.
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, with ever increasing focus on ‘Air mobility’ and ‘on-demand’ air transport.
Mission roles and opportunities are highlighted below;
- viable low cost intercity commuter operations currently dominated by road and rail operators
- a friend to nature, used to aid conservation efforts in combating poachers and tracking wildlife
- tourism applications where aerial tours no longer have to disturb those beneath the flight path
- air taxi services for organisations, hotels, resorts and government organisations
- undertake many rotorcraft roles but for a fraction of the cost and noise pollution
- Police and emergency service operations with low operational costs and low noise impact to local populace
- long distance power line and oil pipeline survey and inspection
- oil rig transport via ‘floatplane’ derivative of BEHA
- fisheries, Coast Guard, Maritime or border patrol and other non-civilian roles
- Light freight/utility cargo operations during unsocial hours
- VIP/Corporate shuttle for regular routes and staff members
- drone/UAV operations with full remote pilot capability
Future Growth – 20 to 30 seats
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.
The Faradair team has the experience to know that a 100 seat electric aircraft within the next 10 years is unviable. History has proven from the likes of Mitsubishi, Sukoi, Comac, Embraer, Bombardier, Fokker and others, that the actual development time and economic viability thereafter for a large regional aircraft is more difficult to achieve.
Faradair is currently in talks with existing OEM’s with regards to the creation of a larger passenger carrying variant of the BEHA.