On April 22, Bye Aerospace announced the all-new eFlyer 800. The eFlyer 800 is an 8-seat all-electric twin-turboprop class aircraft.
The Colorado-based electric aviation startup’s new aircraft will seat up to seven passengers, in addition to one or two pilots.
The new aircraft is geared toward the regional and charter aircraft market. However, it aims to provide the service at a much lower cost, close to one-fifth of the operating cost of traditional twin turboprops. Most importantly, it is a zero-carbon dioxide-emitting aircraft! Sustainability all the way!
The eFlyer 800’s projected performance profile…
The remarkable economy and performance profile of the eFlyer 800 stems from the electric propulsion system and advanced battery cell technology. Both result in significantly higher energy densities.
The eFlyer 800’s maximum expected cruise speed is 320 knots or 592.64 km per hour. The aircraft has an estimated range is 500 nm (926 km), with 45-minute IFR reserves at the normal cruise speed of 280 knots. In addition, the aircraft has an estimated operational ceiling of 10’668 m.
The eFlyer 800’s projected safety features…
Two wing-mounted ENGINeUS electric motors, manufactured by Safran Electrical & Power, will provide sufficient the aircraft with sufficient thrust. The motors will have dual redundant motor windings and quad-redundant lithium battery packs. For further safety in case of battery failure, for example, the aircraft will have a full airplane parachute.
Possible additional features of the eFlyer 800…
The aircraft may be equipped with several additional features. Potential additional features include an emergency auto-landing system and an intelligent algorithm ensuring envelope protection. The aircraft may also have terrain avoidance and routing for emergency auto-land. Furthermore, the aircraft may be equipped with optional supplemental power solar cells to keep the batteries charged and electric motors in the wheels for taxiing.
When will the eFlyer 800 hit the market?
Currently, Bye Aerospace is in the process of obtaining FAA part 23 certification for its eFlyer 2 and eFlyer 4. The CEO of Bye Aerospace told Forbes that he believes he can bring the eFlyer 800 to the market “somewhere between late 2024 and 2026”!