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Bye targets turboprop markets with all-electric twin
Wednesday, 28 April 2021
The eFlyer 800 will have only one-fifth the operating costs of traditional twin turboprops and is geared for the air taxi, cargo, regional and charter aircraft markets. L3Harris will collaborate to create an ISR version.

Bye Aerospace has announced an eight-seat all-electric twin turboprop class aircraft, the eFlyer 800, in response to growing demands for regional all-electric aeroplanes with significantly reduced operating costs, plus increased capacity and utility.

Performance estimates for the eFlyer 800 include up to 320 knot cruise speed, 35,000 feet ceiling and 500 nm range with 45-minute IFR reserves at normal cruise speed of 280 knots. Safety features include two wing-mounted electric motors, each with dual redundant motor windings, quad-redundant battery packs and a full aircraft parachute. Additional potential features include emergency auto-landing system, intelligent algorithm ensuring envelope protection, terrain avoidance and routing for emergency auto-land, and also an option for supplemental power solar cells and in-wheel electric taxi. The 8-seat configuration consists of up to seven passengers and one or two pilots. The eFlyer 800 will have only one-fifth the operating costs of traditional twin turboprops and is geared for the air taxi, cargo, regional and charter aircraft markets.

"The eFlyer 800 is the first all-electric propulsion technology airplane that achieves twin-turboprop performance and safety with no CO2 and extremely low operating costs," says George E. Bye, Bye Aerospace CEO. "This type of remarkable economy and performance is made possible by the electric propulsion system and advanced battery cell technology that results in significantly higher energy densities."

Bye Aerospace and Safran are currently assessing the most efficient electric powertrain for the eFlyer 800 (dual ENGINeUS electric motors and GENeUSGRID electric distribution and network protection system). "Safran product lines with the ENGINeUS motors, rated from 50kW to 500kW/1MW and GENeUSGRID systems, perfectly fit with the Bye Aerospace portfolio of e-aircraft," says Herve Blanc, Executive Vice President and General Manager Power with Safran Electrical & Power. "Building upon our successful cooperation on eFlyer2 and eFlyer4, we are very proud to bring our best expertise to support Bye Aerospace in the design of the new eFlyer 800."

Bye says eFlyer 800 customer deposit agreements are complete, and several are being developed with U.S. and European air-taxi, air-cargo and air charter services. "Details about those agreements will be announced soon, and as they are finalized," he adds.

Bye Aerospace is in the process of obtaining FAA Part-23 certification for the eFlyer 2 for the professional flight training mission and the four-seat eFlyer 4 for air taxi, cargo and advanced training uses. All the company's current and future families of aircraft feature engineering, research and electric aircraft solutions designed to specifically address compelling market needs. Benefits include five-fold lower operating costs, no CO2 emissions, and decreased noise. Bye Aerospace estimates the eFlyer will eventually eliminate the release of millions of metric tons of CO2 each year as its deliveries begin and the general aviation fleet is replaced.

Meanwhile, L3Harris Technologies and Bye Aerospace have signed an agreement to develop a multi-mission variant that will provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities for domestic and international ISR mission operators.

The companies will modify the eFlyer 800 for ISR missions. L3Harris will collaborate with Bye Aerospace using the latest digital engineering tools to model survivability, mission effectiveness, logistics and platform performance in multiple mission configurations.

"Applying our missionisation expertise to Bye Aerospace's all-electric platform will help drive future mission applications," says Luke Savoie, President, Aviation Services, L3Harris. "These platforms offer sustainability and mission advantages that will benefit a new generation of tactical manned ISR mission aircraft."

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Bye Aerospace, Inc. Airframer
Safran Electrical & Power HQ Additive Manufacturing, Airborne Electrical Power Supplies, Electric Drives, Electric Motors, Electric Power Controllers, Generating Systems, Starter Generators, Wire Harnesses
L3 Harris Technologies (was Harris Electronic Systems) Aircraft Structural Components, Bombing-Navigation Radar, Electric Power Controllers, Electronic Warfare Systems, IFF Interrogators, Infrared Target Designators, Interceptor Fire Control Radar, Laser Targeting Systems, Surveillance/Air Defense Radar, Weapons Countermeasures
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Bye Aerospace eFlyer 800