Faradair is being supported by world class programme development partners
Starting an aviation company from scratch is never an easy task, however in just 5 years Faradair® has become a three time award winning company and globally recognised as one of the leading Hybrid Electric aircraft development programmes in the UK.
None of this would be possible without our fantastic partners.
Each partner brings a specific focus and expertise to the programme. From key components or technology on the aircraft, from the airframe design and optimisation to composite manufacture, avionics, hybrid propulsion and energy recovery technologies, in addition to legal protection and structuring, it is the resources and capabilities of our partners, that allow us to create a new aircraft platform.
Current programme partners are:
BEHA R&D office – Swansea University
The concept BEHA design went through an initial analysis study at Cranfield University and the College of Aeronautics to assess the three wing configuration. With the assistance of an Innovate UK grant, the University studied the innovative wing configuration via Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and confirmed the performance capabilities of the design.
Once proven, the initial design concept was then taken to Swansea University in 2016 and under the leadership of Dr Ben Evans, Associate Professor is Aerospace Engineering, the BEHA design has been evolving.
With exceptional facilities at the new Swansea Bay campus, Dr Evans has already begun involving students in our design programme and Faradair expects to expand the R&D office with new appointments this year.
In 2015 Prodrive became a partner of Faradair® to assist with the development of the carbon composite airframe for the prototype BEHA. One year later this relationship matured into a Joint Venture, with the establishment of ‘Hybraero’ and the new H300 Hybrid propulsion system for general aviation.
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.
It is due to this world class pedigree that Faradair® decided to expand our partnership to include the new Hybraero generator engine for hybrid electric flight.
The Prodrive engineering team are currently working on the engine configuration and design and we begin the build of the prototype generator engine very soon.
Prodrive is a key and valued partner of Faradair® and both companies are committed to bringing innovative products to the aerospace market. Their exclusive JV ‘Hybraero’ is soon to reveal the new H300 generator engine for General Aviation and the Urban Air Mobility E-VTOL market.
BEHA partner – Avidyne
When the BEHA development programme was started, it was clear that avionics was a key area of capability where the aircraft had to be setting the standard in its class. It is for this reason that the company selected one of the best in the business – Avidyne Corporation.
Avidyne Corporation is a market-leader in the design and manufacturing of integrated avionics systems for general aviation (GA) aircraft. Avidyne is headquartered in Lincoln, MA, with facilities in Melbourne, FL. and Westerville (Columbus), OH.
Avidyne designs and manufactures integrated instruments, flight displays, VHF and GPS-based navigation, communication, and data link transceivers, digital flight control systems, as well as a range of ADS-B, traffic detection and weather detection sensors.
We look forward to showcasing the new all glass cockpit of the BEHA M1H with Avidyne displays and systems helping to deliver a 21st century flight experience for every BEHA pilot.
None of the partnerships above, would be possible without the support of our fantastic legal team at VWV and we are extremely fortunate to have them has a valued partner to the team.
Faradair® is currently engaged with numerous potential partners and as agreements are made, the partners will be listed here. The company is keen to work with experts around the world, enabling us to achieve the goals and objectives of a cleaner, quieter, more sustainable form of air travel and we look forward to welcoming you to the team.