By Chris Stonor
U.S. Bye Aerospace, developer of the eFlyer electric aircraft, and UK-based Safran Electrical & Power, a leader in aeronautical electrical systems, announced this week a partnership agreement to equip the eFlyer 2 and 4 planes with the ENGINeUS electric smart motors, reports a company press release.
The ENGINeUS product line includes “a broad range of electric motors with power outputs from single digit to 500 kW.” The ENGINeUS 100 line, that will equip the eFlyers 2 and 4, delivers “very high performance and features a fully integrated motor controller within the machine.” The thermal management is provided by an optimised air-cooling system, jointly integrated by Safran and Bye Aerospace into the craft structure.
George E. Bye, CEO of Bye Aerospace, commented, “Safran’s ENGINeUS 100 electric motor is the optimal production solution to meet the requirements of our rigorous FAA and EASA certification schedules for our eFlyers.”
He continued, “Our list of future eFlyer purchase agreements, currently at 711 units, continues to grow, and we must continue forward at a rapid pace to meet the demands of aviation enthusiasts worldwide who have been waiting years for all-electric airplanes to come to market.”
Bye Aerospace is FAA-certifying the two-seat, all-electric eFlyer 2 for the professional flight training mission and the four-seat eFlyer 4 for air-taxi and advanced training uses. The press release continues, “All of Bye Aerospace’s current and future families of aircraft feature exemplary engineering, research, and electric aircraft solutions producing no CO2 and are designed to answer compelling market needs. These needs include five-fold lower operating costs, no CO2 emissions, and decreased noise.” Bye Aerospace estimates the eFlyer should eliminate the release of millions of metric tons of CO2 each year for flight training alone.
Hervé Blanc, Executive Vice President & General Manager of the Power division at Safran Electrical & Power, said, “This new contract demonstrates the success of our ENGINeUS™ product line and confirms the strong interest of the market in our approach to further increase the electric powertrain performance while simultaneously progressing the certification and production system readiness.”
Safran Electrical & Power is a world leader in aircraft electrical systems and employs 12,200 people across 13 different countries.
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