Bye Aerospace, the Denver-based electric aircraft designer, signed an agreemend with Safran, French aircraft engine manufacturer, to equip the upcoming eFlyer line of aircraft with the ENGINeUS™ electric smart motors. The ENGINeUS™ line of motors can deliver power from single digits to 500 kW and features a fully integrated motor controller within the propulsion unit. The thermal management is taken care off by an air-cooling system designed and integrated into the airframe by joint efforts of Safran and Bye Aerospace.
Bye Aerospace was founded by George E. Bye, the designer of the Javelin, a civilian jet with the looks of a fighter aircraft. The company is currently in the process of FAA-certifying the all-electric eFlyer 2 according to FAR 23 Amendment 64 rules. The two-seater, which first flew in 2018, is marketed for professional flight training, whereas its larger successor, the eFlyer 4, is aimed for training uses and air-taxi operations. Both aircraft promise five-fold lower operating costs compared to aircraft of similar capabilities, no CO2 emissions and decreased noise. Just recently, Bye signed an agreement with Korean IT firm Aerospace9 for an order of 300 aircraft.
Bye Aerospace has concluded that Safran’s ENGINeUS™ 100 smart electric motor is the optimal production solution to meet the requirements of our rigorous FAA and EASA certification schedules for eFlyer 2 and eFlyer 4. Our list of future eFlyer purchase agreements, currently at 711 units, continues to grow, and we must continue forward at a high-tempo pace to meet the demands of aviation enthusiasts worldwide who have been waiting years for all-electric airplanes to come to market.
– George E. Bye, CEO of Bye Aerospace
Safran is extremely proud to collaborate with Bye Aerospace, which has developed a strong vision for the future of electrical flights, from the eFlyer 2 and eFlyer 4 to the commuters and regional airplanes. 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.
– Hervé Blanc, Executive Vice President & General Manager of the Power division at Safran Electrical & Power