Production Start for Bye Aerospace's eFlyer 2

Bye Aerospace announced that production has commenced on Serial #001 for its two-seat all-electric eFlyer 2. The company is in the process of obtaining FAA Part-23 certification for the eFlyer 2 for the professional flight training mission.

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Bye Aerospace’s All-Electric eFlyer 2 Fuselage Assembly Contract Work Begins

George E. Bye, CEO of Bye Aerospace, said the company has contracted with Composites Universal Group (CUG) to begin assembly of the production eFlyer 2 fuselage, the first major component being assembled.

 “We continue to make advances in the certification process,” Bye said. “These activities commence production of the first conforming eFlyer 2, the first of three planned conforming eFlyer 2 aircraft that will be used to help complete final FAA certification. We look forward to working with Steve Ruege and the team at CUG.”

 “Composites Universal Group is extremely proud to have been selected by George and the team at Bye Aerospace to begin tooling and construction for the all-carbon fiber fuselage for Serial #001 of the eFlyer 2 aircraft,” said Steve Ruege, CEO of CUG. “We all feel here at CUG that Bye Aerospace has absolutely hit a home run with this next-generation all-electric aircraft design. We are very excited about working collaboratively with the Bye Aerospace team to achieve FAA certification and commencing production.”

Steve Ruege, CEO of Composites Universal Group

Bye Aerospace’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.

 

eFlyer 2

eFlyer 2 is the world’s first FAA 14 CFR Part 23-Type Amendment 64-Certified Applicant for Electric Aircraft (FAA application filed April 13, 2018)

  • Design is entirely new, tip to tail
  • Aerodynamic efficiency is over twice that of a legacy aircraft
  • High propulsive system efficiency; high motor efficiency with low cooling drag

 

Current as of January 26, 2021

Component

Supplier

Description

Electric motor

Safran

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

Batteries

To be announced

High density lithium-ion battery

Structures

CUG

Toray Carbon composites

Parachute Recovery System

ASR

Soteria line; whole-aircraft emergency recovery parachute system

 

Cabin Width

46 inches

Crew (instructor and 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 Range

96 KTAS, 10,000 feet

Flight Endurance

73 knots (3 hours)

Stall Speed

48 knots

Maximum Altitude

14,000 feet

 

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