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Will a British bioelectric hybrid plane really take off?

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  • In the shadows of the old Spitfires and Hurricanes that helped win the Battle of Britain, Faradair, a UK startup operating from the historic Duxford airfield, is hoping to help Britain fight the new war against climate change by developing a revolutionary 18-seat bioelectric hybrid plane which will eventually, hopes its designer, be carbon neutral…
  • The plane, currently in development, will use electric motors to power take-off and landing, the part of any flight with the highest noise and carbon emissions…
  • Once cruising, at a speed of about 230mph, the plane will switch to its turbogenerator, powered by biofuel, which will also recharge the motors with assistance from solar panels, ready for the aircraft descent…
  • The short-hop bio electric hybrid aircraft (Beha), the first aircraft produced since the 1920s to have a three-winged box design, will be able to operate cargo, passenger and special operation flights…
  • Working with a consortium of partners to deliver 300 of the planes by 2030, Faradair chief executive Neil Cloughley admits that it might not be “the sleekest, the sexiest, nor the fastest, the highest or the furthest flying aircraft”, but believes it will prove itself in other ways…
  • With a ducted fan and a box wing design, the Beha will trade higher speed for lower noise emissions and greater lift…
  • The company hopes its ultra-quiet plane will be able to operate from airports such as London City, which have noise related night-time flight bans….

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