AutoFlight, a Chinese electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) company, is set to accelerate its global expansion by launching in Europe.
Led by former Airbus manager Mark Robert Henning, who is now appointed as Managing Director at AutoFlight Europe, the team is establishing its first location at Augsburg Airport in Germany. The first task will be to achieve European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification for AutoFlight’s airtaxi ‘Prosperity I’.
The eVTOL aircraft has a range of around 250km, and can comfortably seat up to three passengers including the pilot. The certification program for the airtaxi will begin this year, with completion expected by 2025.
An R&D and Certification Center will also be established in Augsburg. AutoFlight further plans to set up additional locations for test and demonstration flights across Europe.
The Prosperity I is AutoFlight’s first manned aircraft, as previously the company was focusing on unmanned cargo drones. As such, AutoFlight is dedicated to making its airtaxi as safe as a commercial airliner and plans to work closely with European authorities.
Henning says, “We are bringing aircraft construction back to Augsburg, creating a high-tech location and jobs as we build drones and create a completely new market segment for airtaxis. What I really like about AutoFlight and ‘Prosperity I’ is the underlying simple concept. Simplicity translates into safety and efficiency.”
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