ELECTRIC TRAINING AIRCRAFT

Established in February 2014, the eFlyer program was created by Bye Aerospace to produce the two seat “eFlyer”, and for it to be fully certified under the new FAR 23 Amendment 64, and bring it to market. We intend to serve general aviation by providing a clean, renewable energy, electric training aircraft. As of April 2021 we have over 726 purchase deposits in our backlog, split evenly between the eFlyer 2 and eFlyer 4. Check out the video of the eFlyer 2 prototype in flight below.

 

eFlyer 2

This two-seat aircraft will change the way pilots train. The cost-efficient aircraft will enable new pilots to train without prohibitive fuel costs.

  • eFlyer 2™ was the world’s first FAA 14 CFR Part 23-Type Amendment 64-Certified Applicant for a “Normal Category” Electric Aircraft, (FAA application filed April 13, 2018)
  • The eFlyer design is entirely new, from tip to tail
  • Aerodynamic efficiency is over twice that of a typical legacy aircraft of similar size
  • High overall propulsive system efficiency with high motor efficiency with low cooling drag

 

eFlyer 2 specs

Current as of APRIL 1, 2021

Component

Supplier

Description

Electric motor

Safran

ENGINeUS TM 100 (air cooled) 110 kW (150HP) max rating

Batteries

To be announced

High density lithium battery

Structures

CUG

Toray carbon composite system

Parachute Recovery System

ASR

Soteria whole-aircraft emergency recovery parachute system

 

Cabin Width

46 inches

Crew (instructor and pilot trainee)

450 lbs

Rate of Climb

1,200 fpm

Normal Speeds

55-135 knots

Range at 96 knots, 10,000 feet

220 nm with VFR reserves

Economy Cruise

96 KTAS, 10,000 feet

Flight Endurance (absolute)

3 hours (at 73 knots)

Stall Speed

48 knots

Maximum Altitude

14,000 feet

*Current Base Price 2021 (Subject to change)

$489,000 – eFlyer 2

$627,000 – eFlyer 4

 For more information on pricing, email: sales@byeaerospace.com

 *This information may be incomplete and is subject to change

eFlyer 800 specs

Current as of April 22, 2021

  • The eFlyer 800 design is entirely new, from tip to tail
  • 8 seats
  • Aerodynamic efficiency is twice that of a typical legacy turboprop aircraft of similar size. High overall propulsive system efficiency with high motor efficiency with low cooling drag
  • Two wing-mounted electric motors each with dual redundant motor windings and quad-redundant battery packs
  • Full airplane parachute
  • Potential features include:
    • Emergency auto-landing system
    • Intelligent algorithm ensuring envelope protection, terrain avoidance and routing for emergency auto-land
    • Option for supplemental power solar cells
    • Option for in-wheel electric taxi

Cabin specs

65 inches wide, 55 inches tall

Crew

1 pilot, up to 2 pilots

Rate of climb

3,400 fpm

Range, max payload

at normal cruise speed

500 nm/1,540 lbs.

Normal high-speed cruise

320 knots

Normal cruise

280 knots

Certified ceiling

35,000 feet

Note:  Performance metrics are subject to change

 

Insight on the eFlyer from George Bye (Founder and CEO):

eFlyer 2 Specs*

2

with easy access center stick flight controls

46 Inches 

provides ample room for a flight training work environment

37 Feet 10 Inches

nicely accommodates 40 foot hangar doors

20

provides twice the aerodynamic efficiency of a Cessna 172

110 kW (150 HP)

very nice power for takeoff and climb performance

55-135 Knots

a broad range of low to high speed performance for the flight training mission

3 Hours

designed for optimum endurance safety margins on typical flight training sorties of 1.1 to 1.3 flight hours

1,200 fpm

great climb performance further enhanced by lack of density altitude sensitivity from electric propulsion

450 lbs

payload is generous to accomodate pilot and instructor comfortably

$23.00 Total Ops Costs Per Hour for the eFlyer 2

Compare: $110.00 Total Ops Costs Per Hour for a Cessna 172

*The information presented is designed to acquaint the reader with the eFlyer characteristics. For many reasons, including the continuous review and development of the aircraft, the information presented in this document may be incomplete and may be superseded without notice.

eFlyer Market

Until the Covid-19 pandemic, demand for new airline pilots around the world had increased dramatically over requirements from 5 or 10 years ago. Due to the coronavirus impact on airline transportation, we believe this demand will be temporarily reduced for the next two to three years. However, over a longer 20-year timeframe, according to industry forecasts, an estimated 763,000 new commercial and airline pilots are needed. This requirement is over 4.5 times increase of the 165,000 airline pilots flying today.

Due to the age and operating expense of the fleet, the existing 230,000-unit General Aviation fleet is ripe for replacement. The majority of these aircraft were manufactured between 1960 and 1983 when production averaged over 10,000 units per year. Sales slumped in the early 1980’s due to market saturation, rising fuel costs and limited access to capital with high interest rates. According to the FAA and GAMA, in the U.S. there are approximately 11,000 trainers in use today that average 48-years old. These old, legacy aircraft are difficult and costly to maintain, burn expensive leaded aviation gasoline producing CO2, and are nearing obsolescence. With great operating cost and performance benefits, the all-electric eFlyer 2 and eFlyer 4 are designed to be ideal replacements for much of the General Aviation fleet.

eFlyer 2 Conforming Design

SUBJECT TO CHANGE
THE IMAGES AND INFORMATION PRESENTED ARE INTENDED TO ACQUAINT YOU WITH THE CHARACTERISTICS OF OUR AIRCRAFT. FOR MANY REASONS, INCLUDING THE CONTINUOUS REVIEW AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE AIRCRAFT, THE INFORMATION PRESENTED MAY BE SUPERSEDED WITHOUT NOTICE.