The Future of Advanced Air Mobility

Faradair is developing the Bio Electric Hybrid Aircraft (BEHA) a multi-role, fixed-wing aircraft that it hopes will be ready to enter service in 2026. The program calls for an all-electric version of the BEHA to be ready by 2030. As of September 2020, the UK company was in the latter stages of deciding the final configuration and composition of the initial hybrid propulsion system. It aims to have the design finalized by the end of the second quarter of 2021 and to then start building a full-scale prototype, with a view to achieving a first flight in early 2024. In the same month, it moved into the new Avtech aerospace park at Duxford airfield in eastern England, where a new building is being developed to accommodate its manufacturing facility.

Faradair aims to complete a new funding round by the end of the second quarter of 2021.

The aircraft design features "triple box" wing and a rear-ducted fan.

Timeline

Projected

first delivery

Faradair aims for the all-electric version of its Bio Electric Hybrid Aircraft to be ready to enter service by the end of 2030.

Projected

first delivery

Faradair aims to have its Bio Electric Hybrid Aircraft certified and ready to enter service by the end of 2026.

Projected

test flight

Faradair aims to have started test flights with a full-scale prototype of the Bio Electric Hybrid Aircraft by "early" in 2024.

Projected

investment

Faradair aims to complete a new funding round by the end of the second quarter of 2021, at which point it also aims to have finalized the design of its Bio Electric Hybrid Aircraft.

Outlook

Our objective assessment of this program’s probable success.

FutureFlight assesses the probability of success for a new aircraft program by considering the following criteria:

  • Total investment funds available in proportion to the anticipated cost of getting an aircraft certified and in service
  • A company’s in-house capability (in terms of numbers of engineers, technical staff, and customer support teams)
  • The past experience of the company and its senior leadership in developing aircraft
  • The caliber and past experience of key program partners
  • Whether key aircraft systems have been selected and are available for use
  • Whether the preliminary design review has been completed
  • Whether the design for the full-scale prototype has been completed
  • Whether the type certification process has been formally initiated with an appropriate regulator
  • Whether the company has achieved a first flight with a full-scale prototype
  • The number of hours logged in a flight test program
  • Whether type certification has been achieved
  • The number of orders and commitment received for the aircraft
  • Whether the company has adequate facilities to begin series production of the aircraft
Our Methodology

On its own admission, Faradair has struggled to gain momentum with its Bio Electric Hybrid Aircraft program on which it has been working since 2014. After almost abandoning its UK base to move operations to the U.S., it secured a permanent home at Duxford airfield's new Avtech aerospace park. This appears to reinvigorated the company as it seeks to finalize the design and start work on a full-scale prototype.

A new funding round that it aims to complete around the end of the second quarter of 2021 will be critical in determining the pace at which work be accelerated towards projected initial service entry in 2026. 

Bio Electric Hybrid Aircraft Models

M1H Specifications

local regional Fixed Wing

Performance

  • Passenger Capacity
    18
  • Range
    1,150 mi
  • Cruise Speed
    230 mph
  • Powerplant Type
    ducted fan
  • Power Source
    hybrid_fe
  • Endurance
    n/a
  • Max Altitude
    14,000 ft
  • Takeoff Distance
    n/a
  • Landing Distance
    n/a
  • Empty Weight
    n/a
  • MGTOW
    n/a
  • Payload Weight
    11,023 lb

Dimensions

  • Length
    48 ft
  • Width
    n/a
  • Height
    15 ft
  • Wingspan
    57 ft

The M1H is the initial hybrid-electric version of Faradair's fixed-wing Bio Electric Hybrid Aircraft program. The UK company aims to have this certified and ready to enter service by the end of 2026. It is mainly intended for regional airline, charter, and cargo-carrying services. It could also be adapted for some military and humanitarian applications. 

The main propulsion system is intended to be powered by bio fuel. The airframe will also be fitted with solar panels to provide power while the aircraft is on the ground.

Key Personnel

Neil Cloughley
Neil Cloughley

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)