MIAMI – Faradair Aerospace, one of the leading companies focused on bringing electrical airliners into reality, is about to reach a new milestone.
According to FutureFlight, Faradair’s CEO has announced that the construction of its Bio Electric Hybrid Aircraft (BEHA) and structural engineering work are approaching a crucial stage.
Recently, the firm acquired key suppliers, including Honeywell and MagniX for hybrid propulsion systems. In addition, the company increased its staff at Duxford airfield’s current headquarters in the UK. Recently, Dunlop Aircraft Tyres also joined Fardair’s BEHA program.
Neil Cloughley, Faradair Aerospace director, says BEHA airplanes could break the financial barriers currently foisted upon national air carriers. In that, it enables them to surpass large airports by providing short-field take-off and landing efficiency.
“We are going to see a democratization of the regional air travel model,” Faradair’s CEO stated in EBACE Connects, in front of professionals from the business aviation. “Covid has brought a huge opportunity. We’re seeing a lot more interest in sustainability and new business models because technology is proving itself [in terms of value to society].”
Per FutureFlight report and according to Cloughley, MagniX’s Magni500 electric motors will receive type certification in near future. Therefore the first full-scale BEHA prototype can start test flights in 2024. On the other hand, Honeywell will provide a turbogenerator that can operate on either innovative aviation fuel or jet-A.
However, once battery technology advances, the company has plans for an all-electric variant of the short-takeoff and landing aircraft.
The first model, M1H is capable of carrying 18 passengers or 5000 Kg of cargo over ranges up to 1,150 miles. Moreover, It can fly up to 14000 feet and has a maximum speed of 230 mph.
Type Certification and Future of the Type
Faradair plans to achieve part 23 type certification by the end of 2026. The firm envisions injecting at least 300 of the 18-seat aircraft in commercial operation by 2030, with a combination of passenger and cargo missions. It plans to sell these aircraft through a variety of agreements, including leasing.
Also, Cloughley claims that aircraft has a quick-change capability. That is, operators can reconfigure the interior for various functions in less than 15 minutes.
In terms of performance, the BEHA’s short take-off and landing allow it to fly from runways as short as 300 meters (984 feet). According to Cloughley, this efficiency allows operators to avoid overcrowded airports.
Additionally, the type is poised to reduce travel times while expanding the network of destinations to which no airline service now runs or is not viable. Furthermore, Cloughley argued that certain airlines have failed to retain competitiveness by flying from major hubs such as London Heathrow (LHR), where high-cost burdens make survival exceedingly difficult.
“Imagine if you could carry up to 18 passengers from an airfield five miles up the road [from a major airport] without the crowds, security [delays], and high-cost base,” he told the EBACE audience. “That way you could start something really interesting, and so our short-field performance will be very significant. Our program is about providing mobility as a service and being disruptive.”
Faradair has thus defined its mission to revolutionize commercial aviation. The firm recently hired Tony Anderson, former executive director of low-cost airline EasyJet (U2), on his advisory board. In addition, Randy Tinseth, a former Boeing Marketing Vice President for Commercial Aircraft, has also joined the Advisory Board.
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