Swansea University Expands Partnership with Faradair Aerospace

(26 Jan 2021)
Swansea University has
expanded its relationship with Faradair Aerospace, the British company
aiming to deliver
300 sustainable aircraft for regional air mobility
and special missions by 2030.

The enhanced collaboration will see
the University’s Bay Campus become a training ground for engineers
and interns as Faradair develops new technologies for use on its
clean-sheet Bio Electric Hybrid Aircraft (BEHA).

Neil
Cloughley, Founder and CEO of Faradair, said, “Swansea has been
part of this programme for four years now and we are delighted to
reinforce our position in making Swansea a long-term partner of
this world-leading aviation initiative, and thus Wales, a
long-term partner in BEHA’s success. We plan to have 30 engineers
based at the Bay Campus working on BEHA developments by the end of
2021 and there will be opportunities for undergraduate and
postgraduate students also.”


The widened
partnership with Swansea University follows Faradair’s
announcement in December that it had attracted a strong
consortium
of global partners for the BEHA
– including Honeywell, magniX,
Cambridge Consultants and Nova Systems.

The BEHA has been specifically
designed for low cost, quiet, environmentally friendly flight –
qualities that enable it to deliver Air Mobility as a Service (AMaaS)
for all.

In line with UK Government ambitions for
sustainable air transport, the British-designed and built BEHA
will emerge in hybrid electric/ turbine configuration, but
engineered for evolution into a fully electric net zero commercial
aircraft when power generation technology delivers the power
density levels required for an 18-seat utility aircraft.

The ambition is to deliver an initial portfolio of 300
Faradair-owned BEHAs between year 2026 and 2030. Of those, 150
aircraft will be built in firefighting configuration, 75 as quick
change (QC, passenger to cargo) aircraft, deployed at general
aviation airfields globally, and 50 as pure freighters. The final
25 aircraft will be demonstrated in non-civilian government roles,
including logistics, border and fisheries patrol, and drug interdiction.

Dr Ben Evans, Associate
Professor in Aerospace Engineering at Swansea University, said,
“The partnership we have established, providing aerodynamic design
support to Faradair for their BEHA aircraft, is an exciting
opportunity for Swansea University. It will allow us to use our
world-leading aerodynamic modelling, high performance computing
and design optimisation technologies on an aircraft set to
transform the world of civil aviation.

“The BEHA will be a
clean and quiet aircraft for the 21st century that could have a
major impact to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from aviation
whilst better connecting smaller, regional airfields across the UK
and beyond. It also provides Swansea University’s students with an
amazing chance to work alongside an innovative company and great
graduate employment opportunities.”

Talks are now advancing at pace with
investors and aircraft finance organisations to enable the full
programme of development to scale up and meet the target
objectives.

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