The hybrid electric craft, which can land on the length of a football pitch, could become the go-to option for long distance green commuters – transforming domestic Brit flights.
With £50 return flights between Manchester and London it could allow workers to live further from the office and access cheaper homes.
The BEHA M1H is designed by Faradair, an aerospace startup based in Cirencester, Gloucs, and led by Neil Cloughley, who has worked at Virgin Galactic and Virgin America.
He said: “This aircraft’s low noise levels, good value and sustainability make it so exciting.
“It has the potential to radically change the way the UK’s regional and domestic airport market works.
“Regional airlines like Flybmi aren’t going bust because of Brexit.
“They’re failing because they are running at half capacity but still paying extortionate landing costs of major international airports.
“Our aeroplane is an answer to this because it can carry either 18 passengers or five tonnes of cargo converting usage in just 15 minutes.
“That versatility, combined with its low noise at around 60dba, means it can fly at night without waking up residents. This opens up multiple income streams for operators.”
The propeller of the unfamiliar-looking aircraft sits unconventionally at its rear generating a 230mph cruise speed.
In less than 300 metres, it can take off on grass, mud, tarmac and even water and land in a third of that space.
Neil hopes the aircraft’s adaptability could make it a success in places lacking in hi-tech infrastructure, like India and Africa.
At £3.4 million, the plane beats its rival, the Cessna SkyCourier, on cost, by around £1 million, can take off on runways a third of the length and can haul double the load.
Neil added: “The Cessna Caravan, which has been popular for 40 years now, has proven the value of utility aircraft.
“In order to build the full size prototype, we need the funding support to allow us to compete with our international peers.
“And how cool would it be to have a British aircraft manufacturer again.”
BEHA’s hybrid propulsion system combines electric motors with a turboprop engine, which can also run on bio fuel, making it cheaper and cleaner than alternatives.
And the company hopes the tri-plane’s green credentials will help meet growing demand for clean transport.
In the coming weeks the startup is due to announce a partnership with a major aerospace manufacturer and plans to be transporting passengers by 2025.
Faradair boss Neil added: “Our order book is now open and we look forward to working with potential customers and airport operators, as we begin the build of our first demonstration prototypes later this year, intended for flight trials by 2022.”