Safran to supply Bye Aerospace with electric smart motors

Safran to supply Bye Aerospace with electric smart motors

All-electric eFlyer 2 & eFlyer 4 aircraft will get the ENGINeUS 100 product.

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November 17, 2020

Aircraft electrical systems provider Safran Electrical & Power has been signed to equip the Bye Aerospace eFlyer 2 and eFlyer 4 all-electric aircraft with ENGINeUS electric smart motors.

Bye Aerospace is FAA-certifying the two-seat, all-electric eFlyer 2 for the professional flight training mission and the four-seat eFlyer 4 for air-taxi and advanced training uses. All of Bye Aerospace’s aircraft are designed to lower operating costs with no CO2 emissions and decreased noise.

The ENGINeUS product line includes a broad range of electric motors with power outputs from single digit to 500kW. The ENGINeUS 100 product line that will equip eFlyer 2 and eFlyer 4 delivers high performance and features a fully integrated motor controller within the machine. Thermal management is provided by an optimized air-cooling system, jointly integrated by Safran & Bye Aerospace into the aircraft structure.

“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,” said George E. Bye, CEO of Bye Aerospace. “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.”

“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,” said Hervé Blanc, executive vice president and general manager of the Power division at Safran Electrical & Power. “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 electric powertrain performance while simultaneously progressing certification and production readiness.”