Faradair® expands team with experience

Faradair® expands team with experience

Faradair® is delighted to welcome Dr Ben Evans (Senior Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering) to its core team and Paul Teather (former KPMG executive) to its advisory board.

These valued additions to the Faradair® team continue to demonstrate the growth and aspirations of the company, and both Ben and Paul’s wealth of experience is expected to have a significant impact on the future direction of the company.

For any new company, ‘the team’ is one of the most important areas any investor considers before becoming involved. Faradair® has taken its time to invite two new members that not only add significant capability to an already successful team, but who also truly understand the ethos and objectives of the business.

 

Dr Ben Evans

Dr Ben Evans, who will take the position of Faradair®’s Chief Aerodynamicist, is one of the United Kingdom’s leading aero engineers and one of its brightest aerodynamicists. As senior lecturer at Swansea University, Ben is one of the men tasked with keeping the fantastically exciting ‘Bloodhound SSC’ land speed record car on the ground. The 1000mph supersonic car is a test of engineering and aerodynamic capability that showcases the very best of British engineering talent.

His addition to the double award winning Faradair® team is a huge boost, just as the company moves into its next stage of growth. With latest computer modelling techniques, combined with state of the art aerospace engineering facilities at Swansea University, he has the skills and resources needed to improve the aircraft at this stage of the development drbenevans_presentingprocess.

We are so happy to welcome Ben as our new Chief Aerodynamicist; he has an amazing talent combined with a genuine enthusiasm for our new BEHA (Bio Electric Hybrid Aircraft). His input to the optimisation process over the next couple of years will shape BEHA to becoming one of the world’s finest urban air transport solutions, whilst also helping to develop a new young engineering team in the process,” Managing Director of Faradair® Neil Cloughley said.

We are thrilled an engineer of Ben’s calibre recognises the potential for BEHA, he is a fantastic addition to our team and provides another major step forward to ensuring our prototype BEHA aircraft is ready to fly in 2020.”

Dr Evans said “Since hearing about Faradair®’s BEHA project I have been keen to be involved in this ambitious venture.  The environmentally friendly aircraft that this company are developing has the potential to revolutionise the aviation industry and I am excited to have the opportunity to partner with them on the project”.

 

Paul Teather

Paul’s background includes extensive business consulting, systems integration and enterprise software experience allied to broad industry sector knowledge and experience. His enviable track record includes quickly identifying business challenges and leading teams with diverse skills to deliver shareholder value creating solutions.

As a UK executive team member for a large global IT and business consulting services group, Paul led the consulting, systems integration and outsourcing activities into the telecoms, energy & utilities, transport and high tech markets.

I knew as soon as I met Paul, he not only understood our proposition, but he was also genuinely excited about our hybrid engine and aircraft programme. Having an executive of his calibre offering us advice and direction as we begin our Series A and B investment rounds is a huge benefit to the company. Already he has had impact in our strategic thinking when it comes to how we approach our fundraising and his knowledge and contacts within the investment community will be extremely valuable to us over the coming months and years. I am absolutely delighted Paul agreed to join us and we are looking forward to working with him,” said Mr Cloughley.

Paul Teather is Founder and Managing Partner at Pragmatica, an innovation, investment and advisory company; he said this of joining the Faradair® Advisory Board “I am delighted to join Neil and the rest of the Faradair® team on this exciting and ambitious venture.  Neil’s vision for the future of aviation is inspirational and Faradair® has the potential to transform the aviation sector with its unique BEHA design.  To be part of a great British engineering project like this is a privilege and I am looking forward to working with Neil and the team to drive this to success.”

Mr Cloughley concludes, “It is an exciting time for Faradair®, we have proven our project to be one of the leading hybrid electric aircraft programmes in the UK attracting new team members and partners that are keen to join our journey toward e-mobility and eco-friendly, low cost flight opportunity.”

To find out more about this exciting aviation project visit www.faradair.com

Faradair can also be found at: www.facebook.com/Faradair and Twitter @Faradair

 

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November 2016

 

Notes to editors

The BEHA (Bio Electric Hybrid Aircraft) is the brainchild of commercial aviation and former IT entrepreneur Neil Cloughley. He believes his new venture ‘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 aviation opportunity. In just 24 months Faradair has inserted itself into a market and it intends to be one of the leading companies in this new aviation sector.

About Faradair

Faradair is a new aviation company based in the heart of the Cotswolds in the UK. This 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. While the opportunity for pure electric flight is the long term goal for much of the aviation sector, there exists an opportunity today for hybrid solutions enabling the six seat Bio-Electric-Hybrid-Aircraft (BEHA) to carve its position as one of the leading eco-friendly aircraft types of a new aircraft generation.

‘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. Incorporating a clean sheet design, 300hp JetA1/Biofuel internal combustion engine with integrated electric motors that also generate 300hp,  this new hybrid propulsion engine will provide single engine operators the failsafe security of 10 minutes of electric flight in event of a primary engine stoppage, in addition to lower operational costs, via electric assisted take-off, reducing fuel burn, noise and emissions during the most costly part of any flight – namely take off.

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.

For further information please contact:

Neil Cloughley

Managing Director

Faradair Aerospace Limited

Website: www.faradair.com

Email – info AT faradair.com

Tel – +44 1285 700811

PRESS RELEASE – Faradair® recognised for innovation

PRESS RELEASE – Faradair® recognised for innovation

Faradair® has received a Business Innovation award for ‘BEHA’ its pioneering 6-seat, carbon composite, hybrid aircraft project in the Gloucestershire Business Awards 2016.

Gloucestershire Echo Business Awards 2016 Stephen Marston presents Neil Coughley and Trevor Cloughley with the Business Innovation award Address: Cheltenham Racecourse Credit: Rob Lacey Date: 6-10-2016
Gloucestershire Echo Business Awards 2016
Stephen Marston presents Neil Coughley and Trevor Cloughley with the Business Innovation award
Address: Cheltenham Racecourse
Credit: Rob Lacey
Date: 6-10-2016

This is the second time Faradair® has been recognised for its achievements – just recently, it was named ‘New Business of the Year’ by the Cirencester Chamber of Commerce awards and now it has been issued an award for Innovation.

“We are absolutely delighted to receive this award,” says Neil Cloughley, Managing Director, Faradair Aerospace Limited. “To receive an award like this is a huge boost and achievement for our entire team, especially considering the past aviation innovation history of this region. The fact that I was able to accept the award with my father, recognising the role he plays in our business today and the work he did previously in the UAV sector, makes this a great honour for us and a very special moment for our family”

“Since forming Faradair®, our mission is to provide alternative air transport opportunity that defeats the primary objections of ‘noise, cost and emissions’ that currently hinder air transport use in a regional environment. Once we have demonstrated how our BEHA (Bio Electric Hybrid Aircraft) can offer a viable regional transport capability, then the burden on cities and land based transport systems will reduce, adding competition to help drive down travel costs for all” he says.

“Urban air transport and e-mobility is on the public radar with companies like Uber now considering local air transport options, a vision we have been talking about since we founded in 2014. Hopefully this award will help highlight that a British company is leading a path in this exciting new sector and with the proper support we can continue to grow with an aim to emulate the global success of role model local brands such as Dyson,” he says.

Major achievements to date include:

  • a joint venture with world-class motorsport engineering and advanced technology firm Prodrive to develop Hybraero, a H600 hybrid engine propulsion system designed to sit within existing six cylinder engine footprints
  • partnering with Prodrive, Cranfield University and Avidyne Corporation to develop the BEHA
  • diligent concept analysis and development with IP and Trademark registrations
  • invitations to speak at multiple international conferences
  • Global media coverage in over 30 countries

“The United Kingdom was responsible for some of the aviation industries greatest innovations and to follow in these historical footprints is an honour and a motivator to deliver one of the world’s quietest, safest, most cost effective to operate and low emissions aircraft to have been created in this 21st century. Our BEHA is on an exciting development path to 2020 and we hope you follow our journey” says Mr Cloughley.

 

To find out more about this exciting aviation project visit www.faradair.com

Faradair can also be found at: www.facebook.com/Faradair and Twitter @Faradair

 

– Ends –

October 2016

 

Notes to editors

The BEHA (Bio Electric Hybrid Aircraft) is the brainchild of commercial aviation and former IT entrepreneur Neil Cloughley. He believes his new venture ‘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 aviation opportunity. In just 24 months Faradair has inserted itself into a market and it intends to be one of the leading companies in this new aviation sector.

About Faradair

Faradair is a new aviation company based in the heart of the Cotswolds in the UK. This 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. While the opportunity for pure electric flight is the long term goal for much of the aviation sector, there exists an opportunity today for hybrid solutions enabling the six seat Bio-Electric-Hybrid-Aircraft (BEHA) to carve its position as one of the leading eco-friendly aircraft types of a new aircraft generation.

The exciting Joint Venture between Faradair and Prodrive called ‘Hybraero’ is to develop a new form of hybrid aviation engine that is not only creating a propulsion system for BEHA, but it is creating a stand-alone market opportunity for the new Hybraero H600 engine, a 600hp capable hybrid propulsion engine incorporating a clean sheet design, JetA1/Biofuel internal combustion engine with integrated electric motors.

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.

For further information please contact:

Faradair Aerospace Limited

Website: www.faradair.com

Email – info at faradair.com

Tel – +44 1285 700811

Faradair begins prototype development phase

Faradair begins prototype development phase

Our new corporate video highlights our journey to date and our path to our prototype development phase future

This new video highlights some of the background behind the project and the resources now in place to deliver this exciting new aviation programme, which includes the new Hybraero H600 hybrid aviation engine and the BEHA (Bio Electric Hybrid Aircraft) that is set to use this innovative propulsion system.

Since launch, the company has focused on initial design analysis of the BEHA aircraft concept with Cranfield University, utilising Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to assist us in design development from our initial concept. In addition the company has secured IP and Trademark protection, whilst establishing solid foundations from which to grow the business, ably assisted and guided by our law firm partner – Veale Wasbrough Vizards.

Throughout 2015, the company secured partnerships with Avidyne Corporation for avionics development and Prodrive, one of the UK’s leading Motorsport and Advanced Technology engineering firms, resulting in the Joint Venture partnership for the Hybraero H600 hybrid engine, details of which can be found in our ‘Hybraero’ section.

Having attracted Angel investment to enable all of our foundation work to be completed, the company is now ready to move forwards into the prototype development phase.

The recent Paris Agreement on Climate Change has resulted in many people talking about the need to find solutions for cleaner and more efficient transport options. Faradair has been quietly getting on with developing the propulsion and airframe required to deliver true urban and regional eco-friendly flight opportunity via Short Take Off and Landing (STOL) capability and viable propulsion technology.

Over recent months, many corporations have changed their strategy on electric flight programmes, including aviation giants such as Airbus, with a majority now understanding the limitations of pure electric flight at this time and the opportunity of urban flight operations. A vision Faradair has been promoting since November 2014 and is now set to become a leading manufacturer in this exciting new sector.

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In time, the limitations around cities of VTOL (Vertical Take Off and Landing) will also be understood, along with the limitations of autonomous and drone flight operations in and around the urban environment. Faradair is growing into a market leading company with sensible, practical design that delivers real flight opportunity based on a realistic business model.

If you are interested in finding out more or becoming part of our investment partners, please use our ‘Contact us’ form to open dialogue, we look forward to hearing from you.

Finalist for Business Innovation award

Finalist for Business Innovation award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Faradair Aerospace, the new UK hybrid aircraft manufacturer has been named a finalist in the business innovation category in the Gloucestershire Business Awards.

As one of the most prestigious events in the local calendar since they were first held 19 years ago the awards recognise and celebrate new talent, and share the success of established Gloucestershire firms and business people.

The business innovation award recognises business that has introduced a new product, process, invention, idea, or design that has made a significant contribution to the business.

“We are delighted to hear we are a finalist in the business innovation category in these awards,” says Neil Cloughley, Managing Director, Faradair Aerospace Limited. “Innovation is what we’re about. Our pioneering carbon composite six seat aircraft, BEHA, (Bio-Electric-Hybrid-Aircraft) incorporates the latest in hybrid aerospace technologies, and it will provide a new class of eco-friendly aircraft able to meet the future aviation requirements of lower operating costs, safer operational capability and lower noise and emissions.”

“As well as our BEHA program, we have also recently partnered with world-leading motorsport and technology business Prodrive to develop a hybrid aviation engine,” he continues. “This is a very exciting partnership – a key feature of this new engine is the ability to switch propulsion source in the event of an emergency should either power source fail. This provides the pilot with the ability to find a safe landing area outside of glideslope range, curing a problem faced by all existing single engine pilots in the event of a stoppage.”

Prodrive joins Cranfield University and Avidyne Corporation as key partners to Faradair. Since its launch less than two years ago, Faradair’s BEHA program has attracted global interest; its innovative design was reported across a variety of media in over 30 countries and now Faradair is being invited to speak at multiple international conferences and is receiving a growing interest within the investment community.

To find out more about this exciting aviation project visit www.faradair.com

Faradair can also be found at: www.facebook.com/Faradair and Twitter @Faradair

The winners will be announced at Gloucestershire Business Awards dinner on Thursday 6 October 2016.

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September 2016

 

Notes to editors

The BEHA is the brainchild of commercial aviation and former IT entrepreneur Neil Cloughley. He believes his new venture ‘Faradair’ is evolving at the perfect time for clean-technology and environmentally friendly aircraft and as a result, the programme 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 aviation opportunity. In just 12 months Faradair has inserted itself into a market and in 12 years it intends to be one of the leading companies in the sector.

 About Faradair

Faradair is a new start-up aviation company based in the heart of the Cotswolds in the UK. This Cirencester start-up is working with a select group of partners to deliver an innovative prototype aircraft, targeted for completion by 2018. While the opportunity for pure electric flight is the long term goal for much of the aviation sector, the opportunity for hybrid solutions today enables the six seat Bio-Electric-Hybrid-Aircraft (BEHA) to carve its position as one of the leading eco-friendly aircraft types of a new aircraft generation.

Faradair aims to be the world’s largest hybrid aircraft manufacturer and hybrid aviation technologies provider 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.

For further information please contact:

Neil Cloughley

Managing Director

Faradair Aerospace Limited

Website: www.faradair.com

Email – info@faradair.com

Tel – +44 1285 700811

PRESS RELEASE – New hybrid aviation engine launched

PRESS RELEASE – New hybrid aviation engine launched

A new lightweight and powerful Hybrid aircraft engine set to revolutionise the general aviation market

To help reduce carbon emissions and noise pollution, Faradair® is developing an innovative hybrid aviation engine for the general aviation sector

Hybraero is the name for this new engine venture and the first hybrid engine to be produced is called the ‘H600’.

Developed in joint venture with British motorsport and advanced technology specialists, Prodrive, it will incorporate a new 300hp engine designed to run on JetA1 fuel and cleaner ‘biojet’ fuel where available, eradicating the need for expensive Avgas. The Hybraero H600 also incorporates twin electric motors able to deliver an additional 300hp for up to 10 minutes of ‘electric-only’ flight time, whereupon the engine will take over and also recharge the battery, alternatively maximum take-off power could be 600hp in combined power mode.

A key feature of this new engine is the ability to switch propulsion source in the event of an emergency should either power source fail. This provides the pilot with the ability to find a safe landing area outside of glideslope range, curing a problem faced by all existing single engine pilots in the event of a stoppage.

When we looked at the market and found relatively antiquated propulsion systems still being produced for general aviation, we saw an opportunity to create something new,” explains Neil Cloughley, Managing Director of Faradair® Aerospace Limited. “The Hybraero H600 hybrid engine fills the gap for a lightweight and powerful engine, with a better fuel burn rate and reduced noise and emissions capability, all bundled together into a package that could be fitted to any new aircraft or even retro- fitted to existing aircraft.  However the backup safety feature of switchable power is one of the most exciting features

This market-changing proposition will utilise additive manufacturing techniques (3D Printing) and the latest technologies available to deliver a 21st century propulsion system that combines a clean sheet designed Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) and electric motors to begin our transition to cleaner and quieter flight opportunity. The Hybraero H600 hybrid engine is designed to be a direct replacement engine for existing six cylinder piston engines, sitting within the same footprint and mounting points, offering power levels equal to many Turboprops for a fraction of the costs.

Electric aircraft development has been hitting the headlines recently however the biggest restriction to further take up is battery technology,” continues Cloughley. “Faradair® has specified a requirement for a hybrid engine that combines electric and ICE power to deliver a range of operational capabilities today

The engine is designed to run on JetA1 or biojet fuel as this becomes more widely adopted across the commercial aerospace sector. Research has shown that, on a full carbon lifecycle basis, using the equivalent quantity of some alternative fuels could reduce CO2 emissions by around 80% compared to the jet fuel they replace. This new engine will be able to accept these new fuels, replacing expensive and polluting Avgas or diesel alternatives.

“Offering single engine operators the safety backup of a twin propulsion system, on a single propulsion lever is the way of the future,” highlights Cloughley. “Operators will have the choice of whether to reduce their fuel burn and emissions by taking off on electric power only or they may choose to keep the electric in reserve in the event of an ICE stoppage, allowing them to maintain flight for up to 10 minutes to select a safe landing area.

The first prototype engine will begin testing next year (2017).

Cloughley continues: “Since we announced our partnership with Prodrive last year, we have developed the relationship and it is fantastic to see the enthusiasm from their engineering team toward this new challenge, their engines are world class and we cannot wait to share more details about the H600 once it begins testingBEHA Hybraero

The Hybraero H600 hybrid engine will be used to power the Faradair® ‘BEHA’ (Bio Electric Hybrid Aircraft) that was launched in November 2014. The aircraft is continuing its development with design enhancements and modifications in recent months, and a first flight target now set for 2020. The short take-off and landing capable, triple box-wing regional utility aircraft will demonstrate the unique opportunity for hybrid flight aircraft, increasing quiet use of the skies as a viable local transport opportunity.

Prodrive is no stranger to hybrid technologies having worked on hybrid vehicle systems for 15 years; its recent development of silicon carbide multiport DCDC converters demonstrates the high level of expertise in hybrid technology and their engineers have designed and built engines for Aston Martin racing cars, among other top level engine creation projects, giving Faradair® huge confidence in their capability to develop and deliver the Hybraero H600 engine.

David Richards, chairman of Prodrive said: “We have become accustomed to hybrid cars and the environmental benefits they offer, so it makes complete sense to take the same technologies proven in the automotive industry and apply them to aviation. Unlike with cars though, hybrid engines can also offer light aircraft significant safety benefits as well as the ability to reduce noise pollution in urban areas during take and off and landing. It is yet another project for Prodrive in the aerospace sector and one which shows just how much the company has diversified over the last decade.”

Faradair® is leading the commercial and finance programme for Hybraero with discussions now taking place for Series A funding, any investors interested in the programme should contact Faradair® for more details.

To find out more about this exciting aviation project visit www.Faradair.com

Faradair® can also be found at: www.facebook.com/Faradair and Twitter @Faradair

For further information about Prodrive visit www.prodrive.com

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July 2016

Notes to editors

Hybraero Limited is a special purpose holding company co-owned by Faradair® Aerospace Limited and Prodrive Motorsport Limited. The H600 hybrid engine concept was formed when Faradair® could not find an engine that delivered the performance and safety requirements they needed for the BEHA new aircraft programme.

The H600 hybrid engine is intended to be made available to other aircraft and helicopter manufacturers, to enable faster integration of hybrid propulsion across the general aviation sector. All IP associated with the new H600 engine is retained within Hybraero Limited and both Faradair® and Prodrive will consider all options when it comes to the certification and manufacture of the new engine once it has completed ground and air trials.

One aircraft manufacturer has already offered an airframe for flight testing once the engine is ready and it is anticipated that order book interest will build over the coming year. The ICE engine element of this propulsion system will be lighter and more powerful than any equivalent sized engine in the market today and for the foreseeable future, offering a 21st century propulsion alternative to antiquated Avgas designs. Pricing of the engine is anticipated to be similar to existing new engines with future delivery slots subject to regulatory certification timetable.

 About Faradair®

Faradair® is the new aviation company based in the heart of the Cotswolds in the UK that recently won the ‘New Business of the Year’ award from the Cirencester Chamber of Commerce. In just 18 months, Neil Cloughley has created a team, a company, a brand and an initial aircraft design concept that could significantly increase urban aviation opportunity with fantastic short take-off and landing slow flight capability, class leading safety features and low environmental impact that is set to shape an aviation sector.

The company is currently engaged in fund raising, with interest now coming from local and national development agencies. Over the last year Faradair® has pushed its way to the front of the hybrid aerospace sector, with powerful groups such as NASA and Airbus now putting forward similar visions to those first ventured by Faradair® back in November 2014.

Faradair® has a long term vision for 20+ seat regional commuter variants of BEHA, opening a range of market opportunities from urban e-mobility to light freight and patrol transport.

About Prodrive

Prodrive is one of the world’s leading motorsport and technology groups. With its headquarters in Banbury, Oxfordshire, it employs more than 500 staff, runs motorsport programmes for Aston Martin, Subaru USA, MINI and VW and works with most of the leading vehicle manufacturers in the UK and customers in the aerospace, defence and Marine sectors, including innovative projects such as Land Rover BAR, Britain’s entry for the Americas Cup yacht race and the Faradair® ‘BEHA’ new aircraft programme.