Bye Aerospace has signed a corporation agreement with Safran Electrical & Power to equip its eFlyer 2 and eFlyer 4 aircraft with Safran’s ENGINeUSTM 100 electric smart motor.

The broad range of electric motors, which have power outputs from single digit to 500 kW, delivers very high performance and features a fully integrated motor controller within the machine. The thermal management is provided by an optimised air-cooling system, jointly integrated by Safran & Bye Aerospace into the aircraft structure.  

Bye Aerospace is FAA-certifying the two-seat, all-electric eFlyer 2 for the professional flight training mission, while the four-seat eFlyer 4 will be for air taxi and advanced training uses.

George E. Bye, CEO of Bye Aerospace, said: “Bye Aerospace has concluded that Safran’s ENGINeUS TM 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.

“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,” added Hervé Blanc, Executive Vice President & 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 the electric powertrain performance while simultaneously progressing the certification and production system readiness.”

Bye Aerospace says its current and future families of aircraft feature exemplary engineering, research, and electric aircraft solutions producing no CO2 and are designed to answer compelling market needs.

These needs include five-fold lower operating costs, no CO2emissions, and decreased noise. Bye Aerospace estimates the eFlyer will eliminate the release of millions of metric tons of CO2 each year for flight training alone.