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.

Faradair recognised in Cirencester business awards

Faradair recognised in Cirencester business awards

Faradair is honoured to have been awarded ‘New Business of the Year’ by Cirencester Chamber of Commerce.

Last Friday, Faradair was proud to receive the accolade of ‘New Business of the Year’ by  the Cirencester Chamber of Commerce at its annual business awards night. The glittering black tie event was attended by over 200 guests and local dignitaries including the Mayor of Cirencester, all there to celebrate the past year of business successes in the region.

The awards have often provided many businesses with a springboard into the Cirencester and surrounding Gloucestershire area communities, and this year’s finalists clearly demonstrated the varied and exciting businesses to the area.

“As you can imagine there has been a lot of blood, sweat and tears along the way, but to receive a recognition like this makes it all worthwhile,” says Managing Director, Neil Cloughley. “In just under two years, we have grown from an idea into an aviation industry sector game changer in our quest for cleaner and quieter aviation e-mobility.”

The accolade was awarded based on a demonstration to grow from an idea to a thriving business, achieved through planning, commitment, energy and determination. Judges focused on financial sustainability, uniqueness of the offer, market significance, diversity of customer base, social impact and operational capability.

“As judges looked for a clear understanding of the wider business environment in which the business operated, and evidence of ambitions for the future growth and development of the business, this award also reaffirms we have got our business modelling correct,” says Mr Cloughley.

Just recently, we revealed our latest visualisation image of BEHA, and as we get closer to our new hybrid engine, much of our focus will turn to the development of this new power unit and the announcement of new partners to our programme.

“Faradair couldn’t have achieved this award without the dedication of our awesome team and the quality of partners we’ve bought on board,” added Neil. “This award has given the whole team the recognition it deserves and we are at a fantastically exciting moment in our development programme, we are truly grateful for the award and recognition by the Cirencester Chamber of Commerce and we look forward to a long and successful future in the area”.

BEHA continues development path

BEHA continues development path

Today we reveal the latest visualisation image of BEHA, incorporating some minor design tweaks.

As we get closer to our new hybrid engine, much of our focus will turn to the development of this new power unit over the coming year. However we continue to develop the BEHA airframe and will be making a further announcement regarding a new major partner in this area soon.

Having completed our initial wing analysis CFD work with Cranfield University toward the end of last year, it became apparent there were a number of areas around the airframe that would require some further design development. One of these areas related to the wing fins and integrated stabiliser gear and over the last few months we have been working to improve this.

Our team is gradually expanding and some new faces will be joining our executive team and we look forward to introducing them to you all in the coming months, along with insight into their backgrounds and past project experiences. These new team members will be primarily focused in our engineering and project management team as we begin the development work on the new hybrid engine.

Related to that subject, Neil Cloughley and Jason Saunders recently visited AERO2016 in Friedrichshafen, Germany, meeting with our partners at Avidyne Corporation, along with some potential new partners to the development programme. During the show they had the great pleasure of spending some time with our friends at Volocopter, discussing the new opportunities of ‘E-mobility’ and urban air transport. Volocopter recently completed its first manned test flight and its experience of start-up life in the aviation sector, mirrored a number of our own experiences to date.

A key are of interest to both companies relates to the ever present discussion about ‘certification’ and the issues related to this topic. Part 23 and the initiatives by the FAA to try and streamline this process is important to all new aircraft manufacturers, if we are to allow innovation within the general aviation community. There are hopes that EASA will follow FAA lead with simplified certification processes, however our meeting with them at Aero2016 highlighted the areas that still require some further simplification. One of the most obvious areas relates to costs. If the regulatory authorities could examine the cost structure process, this would be an enormous boost to the start-up aviation community, as the cash-flow challenges for a start-up are different to the cash-flow capabilities of established aviation companies.

One size does not fit all and if the regulatory authorities could consider deferring some fees or percentages thereof until the aircraft actually achieves certification, then this will encourage and assist new companies entering the aerospace sector – after all, what is the point in nearly bankrupting a small start-up business through excessive fees, thus hindering the opportunity to actually produce the aircraft the company is trying to certify?

Working with our friends and colleagues at Avidyne, we are being kept up to date with developments surrounding Part 23 and as we develop, we hope to add our voice to the debate being championed by the likes of GAMA (General Aviation Manufacturers Association). Look out for our next update when we intend to share news about our hybrid engine development programme and some exciting new partners.

Our programme is on track and we look forward to BEHA taking to the skies by 2020, thank you for your continued support and stay safe in blue skies!

Drone delivery – A realistic perspective

Drone delivery – A realistic perspective

An opinion piece on drone delivery by Faradair® Managing Director – Neil Cloughley

A lot has been mentioned recently about ‘drone’ delivery services. Companies such as Amazon, Google, DHL and others are pushing a view that we will all soon be receiving our packages via drone delivery device.

Whilst there is no doubt that autonomous delivery technology will arrive, the manner in which this is delivered is still very much open to debate. At Faradair®, we have a more realistic vision for drone delivery; however we prefer the term UAV (Unmanned Air Vehicle) delivery.

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Having been involved in and around military drones at a young age in the mid 1980’s, I learned a great deal about the trials and tribulations of ‘drones’ (RPV’s back in the day) and some of the major problems that come from flying powered craft anywhere near areas of population. There is nothing more disturbing for a UAV operator than to realise that the aircraft is no longer responding to commands and subsequently realising that the ‘failsafe’ back-up is not responding either. Put this scenario in an urban environment and the scenario becomes even more critical.

There are two major problems for drone delivery and they come in the form of ‘payload’ capability and ‘communication’.

Payload – In order for any reasonable size of package to be delivered economically, it requires an air vehicle with some considerable mass to sensibly lift said payload safely. This in itself creates a major problem as the larger the air vehicle gets, the greater the impact threat, resulting in considerable damage and harm risk to those under the operational flight-path. If the air vehicle gets bigger, how do you power this drone? Electric can only get you so far, so does this mean a heavy fuel option? A hybrid power system? A winged option rather than multi-rotor? Will noise become an issue?

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In terms of impact threat, there are multiple potential collision and third party damage issues that drones in an urban space could cause and many people are ignoring the collateral damage risk of an out of control drone. For example, if a package delivery drone crashes on a dual carriageway and a car swerves to avoid it causing an even bigger incident that possibly results in serious injury, the question that will be asked is – Who is to blame?

 

Would it be the driver of the car? The pilot of the drone? The package delivery company or the person that ordered the product? With today’s litigious society, it could be all of the above. This is just one example of the significant risk factors that make urban ‘to your door’ drone delivery an extremely difficult proposition to enable safely.

Just this weekend a number of national newspapers around the world printed articles highlighting the ugly threat of terrorism and the use of drones to deliver ‘dirty payloads’ over a city. Currently, a drone flying down a major city street is a rare sight and therefore easier to detect and deal with. If however the sight of delivery drones became commonplace, then the ability to hide a significant threat within that flight traffic becomes a much larger problem.

So as you can see, the notion of drone delivery is great, the realistic constraints of the world we live in today, are a little more difficult to overcome.

Communication – As demonstrated when the American military lost one of its most advanced UAV’s in the Middle East, drones do come down when you least expect them to and more often than not, this is related to loss of communication. Suffice to say that most delivery companies will not be using the level of secure satellite communications available to the US military, therefore the risk of a civilian drone going AWOL is significantly higher than their military cousins.

The urban environment is now a thick soup of signals and electronic transmissions, from Wi-Fi, to Mobile and Satellite signals, etc. Flying a drone into this environment is going to open it to the risk of signal loss and at that moment, it just might not do what you expect it to do, which may result in a scenario such as that above. Worse still, the drone may be subject to ‘payload hijack’ by criminal gangs and who knows how elaborate these schemes could become.

DHL DroneSome of these concerns were proven recently when a DHL drone delivery demonstration was called off by that ‘naysayer’- Mother Nature;

due to a sudden drop in temperature and accompanying snow which would make piloting the drone unreliable

This is a drone that was advertised as being “well-suited for use in mountain regions where snow, wind and cold temperatures are prevalent” can anyone else see the problem here?

 

So, if this is not the immediate future of drone delivery….what is?

At Faradair® we have long planned for our BEHA commuter aircraft to be ‘Drone/UAV’ capable and we see a different delivery model opportunity.

Amazon has just recently penned a deal to lease 20 Boeing 767 Freighter Aircraft, showing their intention to take over their entire logistic delivery process. Not good news for the likes of FedEx or UPS. However this was always somewhat inevitable and we foresee a drone delivery market where operators such as Amazon will take your order; goods then go from their warehoused facilities to the local airport, whereupon the Amazon cargo aircraft then fly to cargo hub airports such as East Midlands Airport in the UK (Much cheaper than trying to get a slot at Heathrow), before being sent out for further delivery by truck.

But what if the next step from arrival hub airport, saw packages unloaded into a fleet of BEHA drones instead of trucks? These six seat sized aircraft, with their short take-off and landing capability could then be sent off on an autonomous route, in a designated ‘air corridor’ for UAV’s.

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This takes the drone delivery flight away from major populace areas and the corridor would be clearly designated to other airspace users as a Drone flight channel. Due to the quiet flight capability of the BEHA, this operation could take place at night with no impact on the local populace. Upon arrival of the Drone at a local hub depot, local employed private couriers could then collect the parcels and deliver them 24/7. The UAV BEHA once unloaded then flies back to the main hub airport to reload with packages and head off to a different delivery venue.

 

The UAV industry has some 30-40 years of experience in drone operations and whilst there are some significant opportunities for drone delivery in the future, investors and fund managers need to consider the realistic constraints of UAV operations over any suburban populace and in that regard, at some point you will have to deal with the aviation authorities. The likes of the FAA, CAA, EASA and other regulatory authorities around the world, have a duty of care of the global airspace and the restrictions placed on manned helicopter operations in and around cities are most likely set to apply to heavy–lift, multi-rotor style delivery drones. If there is a chance that such a delivery drone may collide with a manned aircraft on approach to a major airport like Heathrow for example (i.e. collision avoidance failure on the drone), then the proposition will be pushed back even further.

Not that long ago, a drone almost collided with a military helicopter and despite the warnings, there are still grossly irresponsible people flying their small camera drones near airports. It is for these reasons that drone delivery in urban areas has a very long way to go and some of the hyperbole surrounding the subject matter is not helping to advance the principle. However, we believe there is a path for drone package/light freight delivery via traditional autonomous aircraft and it is an option that can be achieved sensibly and with the complete co-operation of regulatory authorities in the near future.

This subsector of UAV operations is an exciting opportunity area, so watch this space!

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Regards

Neil Cloughley

Managing Director – Faradair® Aerospace Limited

Reaching for the skies – but keeping our hybrid feet firmly on the ground

Reaching for the skies – but keeping our hybrid feet firmly on the ground

Despite raising hundreds and thousands of pounds, and in some cases millions, the spate of Kickstarter project failures at the end of last year clearly demonstrates something wasn’t right with their respective business models. Despite not hitting our target on Kickstarter, Faradair is growing from strength to strength with our new hybrid aircraft programme.

Funding is the usual challenge faced by start-ups; however, as shown by the funded yet failed projects on many ‘reward’ based crowdfunding websites, there is more to a start-up than funding. Finding the right partners, getting the right team and setting realistic goals are just some other factors imperative to a start-up’s success.

At Faradair, we are continuing to grow, meeting our timeline objectives and delivering results. This is because we got the basics right; we’ve carefully planned each step of the way to be in line with our vision for cleaner aviation.

We’ve already got a terrific team, a growing list of fantastic partners, and following the launch of our #MISSION2020 campaign, we’ve welcomed some great investors on board. Their belief in our vision for cleaner skies has enabled us to secure our new offices in Cirencester, Gloucestershire and to now begin preparing for our first major investment round. We intend to launch this round within the next few months and some of the announcements on the lead up to this new funding initiative will highlight the final pieces of the jigsaw dropping into place.NewOfficeWeb

While much of our initial engineering requirements are being met by our partners and their superb facilities, our new office provides us with the perfect platform from which to grow the development programme.

This year we are focusing primarily toward our hybrid propulsion unit, with the aim of testing this system in 2017; this is hugely exciting and it will provide a powerful revenue division to our company.

In addition to the hybrid engine developments, work will also begin on our final BEHA design modifications in readiness for prototype engineering plans; our goal remains to have the completion of our first prototype aircraft by the end of 2019.

With a UN panel proposing the world’s first-ever standard on airlines’ carbon emissions recently; we know there is a genuine need for BEHA and this is before you start on the capabilities and applications of the aircraft.

We will update you with more exciting news very soon but in the meantime, a big thank you to all for your continued help and support!

#MISSION2020 – The next phase of growth

#MISSION2020 – The next phase of growth

Today we launch our ‘#Mission2020’ campaign, with target set to have BEHA prototypes flying at both the Farnborough Airshow 2020 and Expo2020 in Dubai.

With recent announcements at COP21 in Paris and the growing demand for clean air solutions for regional transport, Faradair has pushed itself into a position where it is one of the UK’s leading ‘green’ aviation solutions. Millions of people around the world have understood that mankind has a significant impact on the environment around us and it is reported that aviation is accountable for 5% of manmade pollution into the atmosphere.

In just 12 months, Faradair has taken a prominent position to begin development of an aircraft that can actually begin to make an impact into reducing aviation pollution from both emissions and an operational noise perspective. The BEHA (Bio-Electric-Hybrid-Aircraft) is a biofuel capable aircraft, designed for short take-off and landing capability which in itself reduces the ‘noise cone’ impact on surrounding populace. The aircraft reduces its noise footprint further through the use of electric motors for take-off and landing, switching then to its internal combustion engine for the main part of flight journey, run from biofuel or JetA1 when biofuel is not available.

This true ‘hybrid’ propulsion system, allows the aircraft to re-charge it’s batteries during the cruising period of the journey, ready for the next use either in loiter or landing and subsequent take-off. Whilst there is future focus toward all electric flight, BEHA is the perfect interim solution via hybrid technology available today. This enables us to sell our six seat aircraft to private individuals, government officials and a range of other market opportunities, where a quiet urban aircraft that significantly reduces the operator’s carbon footprint and pollution output is desired.

The long term goal and objective for Faradair, is to then scale up the BEHA to a regional commercial aircraft, with 20-30 seats, able to operate in and out of city airports and regional hub airfields, offering more air travel choices to the public, whilst reducing load on key primary airports that are best served by focusing on International air transport. The European Union has set the aviation community a challenge to offer cleaner aviation solutions and alternatives as part of its Clean Sky and Horizon 2020 programmes. Faradair is at the very forefront of this new aviation industry sector and our own target is also now linked with 2020.

The intention is simple, the company intends to fly and demonstrate BEHA at the Farnborough Airshow in 2020, it will then begin a journey directly from the Airshow to the Middle East and into Dubai, where we hope to be able to fly as part of Expo 2020, with the organisers permission.

In order to get to this point, we continue our development programme with our ‘Mission 2020’ focus. This will include the launch of our Series A funding round in the New Year (2016), where we will ask investors to join us and our global brand partners, to not just ‘talk’ about clean transportation technologies, but to actually do something to make this next generation of aircraft a reality within sensible timeframes.cloughley_faradair_web

At the recent Electric and Hybrid Aerospace Technology Symposium in Bremen, Germany we presented our vision and programme and we also heard of various other initiatives, some aimed toward 2050! As one commentator mentioned “I will be dead in 2050”, it begs the question, why do we focus on such long term objectives, when we can make a bridge to that time and technology capability today? At Faradair, we believe in reality and delivering opportunity to increase air transport opportunity, whilst reducing the impact of aviation on the environment and those living near airports. What we need are investors with the vision to understand the long term objective that we intend to deliver, through a sensible and well-structured development programme today.

That journey continues today, with #Mission2020 and we would like you to join us in this journey. Ignore the hyperbole and those who talk a good game when it comes to climate change and reducing our impact on the environment and instead, start to invest in companies making a genuine difference to lessen our impact on the world.

When people discuss how their ‘App’ will ‘disrupt’ the world, it is hard to take them seriously when you look at the problems the world faces today. But we believe, that an aircraft that can provide low impact travel and tourism capability by day and light utility and wildlife protection capability by night, is a true ‘disruption’ tech within the aviation sector. Aircraft from the 1960’s are to be found at every airfield around the world, with modern general aviation aircraft all based on similar themes and shapes. Let’s innovate, lets push new boundaries, let’s do something that makes a statement…..BEHA is making that statement and #Mission2020 is our objective.

Please join us either on Twitter (@faradair), Facebook (/Faradair) or as an investor and make your voice heard, be part of something that aims to make a genuine difference, rather than marketing propaganda. We welcome all of you to join us and together, we can make a more sustainable future, thank you.

Anyone wishing to receive further information or those interested in updates as we begin to finalise our Series A investment programme, please use our contact us form and we’ll keep you updated.

All of us at Faradair wish you a safe and enjoyable holiday season and we look forward to the New Year to continue our fantastic journey!

Presentations in Germany and the USA

Presentations in Germany and the USA

This time last week, Faradair was honoured to be part of the first Electric and Hybrid Aerospace Technology Symposium in Bremen, Germany organised by UKIP Media and Events Limited.

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Speaking on the first day, Managing Director of Faradair – Neil Cloughley gave the latest company presentation, discussing our exciting and innovative new aircraft programme ‘BEHA’ on the company’s 1 year anniversary from public launch on 17th November 2014. During the presentation, Neil was able to discuss the fantastic achievements of the company over the last twelve months, including discussion about key partners and giving a programme update.

Recent announcements have propelled the programme forward and the company continues to maintain its growth timetable, as it pushes forward to become one of the leading hybrid aircraft and propulsion manufacturers in this embryonic market.

The delegates included all the major companies and individuals involved in and around the exciting new electric and hybrid aerospace sector with presentations from 3 time shuttle mission astronauts and the engineering team behind Solar Impulse to electric motor and systems providers and new aircraft manufacturers. All companies that are pushing forward the new and innovative, clean technologies that will drive the aviation industry forward and helping to minimise the industries impact on the global environment.

During the conference, Neil spent a lot of time with one of our key partners Avidyne Corporation, going through the possible avionics configurations for the prototype BEHA, whilst back at home, legal discussions have been continuing as we finalise the next major milestone announcement, that we hope to make very soon.

The Faradair programme and team continues to grow. We are now considering the CV’s of some fantastic individuals that we may be able to introduce to you all in the near future and further partnership opportunities are being discussed with every passing week. Interest in BEHA is steadily growing, our engineering team is already working on our new hybrid propulsion system and again, further announcements about this will be made soon.

Due to Neil being asked to moderate the General Aviation panel on the 18th of November during this Symposium, he was unable to connect to a flight that would arrive in California, in time for the Santa Clara based Electric Vehicles conference where he was also due to speak on the 19th. IDTechEx organise a fantastic event and they gave us one of our first presentation opportunities earlier this year, so Neil was truly disappointed not to be able to find a late evening flight out of Germany direct to the USA (Take note German airlines!)

Therefore one of our Non-Executive Directors and Bay Area resident – John Lane was parachuted in to give Neil’s presentation and he did an excellent job by all accounts. We now look forward to the next event next year to give more exciting news and updates on our programme http://www.idtechex.com/electric-vehicles-europe/conference.asp

We look forward to issuing further updates very soon as we begin to close out what has been a truly exceptional first year for one of the UK’s most exciting aviation start-ups.

 

Faradair – one year on

Faradair – one year on

What a year! We only launched 12 months ago, but those 12 months have seen us grow from an unknown start-up with a great idea, to one which is being recognised as a real pioneer of cleaner, greener, safer aviation with BEHA, our mean, green flying machine.

We can’t divulge all the activities which have been going on behind the scenes, but check out just some of our acheivements over the past 12 months:

  • recognition in media in over 20 countries
  • the formation of an advisory board which includes Ken Scarince former financial controller for Virgin Galactic and internationally-renowned wildlife expert Will Travers OBE
  • a growing list of partners including Cranfield University, Avidyne and Prodrive
  • we are supporting other businesses and organisations who share our vision through our social partners program
  • launch of a new website
  • and finally, following months of design analysis review we were really proud to reveal the first major evolution of BEHA recently

We are truly thrilled with the growing interest in our project with more organisations inviting us to speak at conferences and events, and our social media platforms, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn attracting more followers.

A huge thank you to all who have supported us over the past year and we look forward to the next exciting 12 months.

Come and join us on our journey – we have a great patron program and invite investors to get on board. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be a part of aviation history.

We continue to get closer to the build of the BEHA prototype and our first hybrid propulsion systems, and we are very much looking forward to demonstrating the truly quiet flight experience of BEHA, offering clean option air travel and pioneering a new generation of hybrid aircraft.

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Faradair BEHA – The mean, green flying machine!

Faradair BEHA – The mean, green flying machine!

Faradair reveals the first major evolution of BEHA, following several months of design analysis review with our partners.

When we launched the BEHA concept nearly 12 months ago, there were a number of elements we thought we were likely to change, however we needed to put a visual marker down into the sector to begin to explain our vision for a cleaner more eco-friendly aviation future. Our triple box wing registered design was and remains the core proposition of BEHA and now that initial design has been enhanced to deliver the performance capabilities that we demand of this exciting new aircraft.

The initial analysis of our wing configuration has delivered better than expected results and this has provided us with a roadmap for further development in the coming months to truly optimise the design.

As with every concept vehicle at launch, there will always be modifications as the actual prototype draws nearer and BEHA is no exception. However in the automotive industry, the initial concept is often considerably smarter looking that the actual car that rolls off the production line. At Faradair we intend to flip this process, whereby the aircraft continues to get better looking as we improve it and we are extremely happy with the development work completed in just 12 months.

Here is the enhanced BEHA

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One of the most significant changes will be the introduction of a single hybrid propulsion unit that will be produced by Faradair. This enables us to drive power through a single duct to the rear, which we have now redesigned with greater thrust capability and optimal noise reduction intentions.

We will be sharing more information about the capabilities and forecasted performance data in the coming months as commercial sensitivity allows us to do. While we appreciate some people would love to know the full details here and now, we hope you understand and appreciate that we still have a lot of development work ahead of us.

Recent announcements highlight how quickly the programme is developing and over the coming months, we will be working closely with our partners to fine tune and optimise the BEHA ready for Prototype build as soon as we are able. We currently have a team of engineers working on our propulsion system behind the scenes and we will be sharing more news about that at the upcoming Electric and Hybrid Aerospace Technology Symposium in Bremen, Germany on November 17th.

Please help us spread the word about this fantastic push for a cleaner form of aviation, with a 21st Century Triplane that can deliver a genuine impact into the reduction of aviation pollution both through emissions and noise reduction.

BEHA has now emerged from its cocoon and it is clear that ‘Green just got mean!’ we hope you like what you see… as we are all hugely excited here at Faradair.

 

 

Will Travers OBE joins the Faradair team

Will Travers OBE joins the Faradair team

World renowned conservationist Will Travers OBE becomes an Advisory Board member for Faradair

Faradair is absolutely delighted to announce the latest member of its Advisory Board – Will Travers OBE.

Will is an internationally-renowned wildlife expert who has dedicated his life to wildlife issues, since he lived in Kenya while his parents, Virginia McKenna OBE and Bill Travers MBE, made the film Born Free (1966). 

In 1984, he co-founded the charitable wildlife organisation now known as The Born Free Foundation (www.bornfree.org.uk), which works to stop individual wild animal suffering, protect threatened species worldwide and promote compassionate conservation.

Will is President of Born Free USA (www.bornfreeusa.org), a national animal advocacy non-profit 501©(3) organization and is President of the Species Survival Network (SSN – www.ssn.org), an international coalition of more than 100 organizations committed to the promotion, enhancement and strict enforcement of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES).

He has been involved in rescuing numerous individual elephants, tigers, dolphins and lions and is always willing to share his experience and knowledge to further Born Free’s vision for a more compassionate future.

Will is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a member of the IUCN Reintroduction Specialist Group. He was awarded Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in June 2012 for Services to Conservation and Animal Welfare in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Will and Neil Cloughley met a number of months ago to discuss the potential benefits and capabilities that BEHA could have for tourism and wildlife conservation roles and Will expressed a personal interest in assisting where he can, to provide guidance and advice when we come to refining BEHA’s capabilities for such a role. His general experience in conservation and environmental issues make him the perfect advisor for Faradair, helping us to achieve our goals and objectives for a more eco-friendly and sustainable form of air travel.

Everyone at Faradair welcomes Will to the team and we look forward to working with him on this exciting aircraft development programme. You can follow Will on Twitter to learn more about the many conservation projects he is involved and you can reach him via the contact details below.

Twitter @willtravers

Email: will@bornfree.org.uk

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