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AutoFlight begins in Europe: Airtaxi ‘Prosperity I’ targets certification by 2025 – sUAS Information


  • Chinese language eVTOL pioneer accelerates world growth
  • Former Airbus supervisor Mark Robert Henning appointed as Managing Director at AutoFlight Europe
  • R&D and Certification Middle established at Augsburg airport in Germany
  • AutoFlight’s airtaxi ‘Prosperity I’ prepared for passenger transport in 2025

AutoFlight, the Chinese language eVTOL pioneer, continues its world growth and establishes its first location in Europe: A group led by former Airbus supervisor Mark R. Henning is now ramping up at Augsburg Airport in Germany. The group’s first process is to attain European Aviation Security Company (EASA) certification for AutoFlight’s airtaxi ‘Prosperity I’, an electrical vertical takeoff and touchdown plane with a spread of roughly 250 kilometers. It will possibly comfortably seat as much as three passengers along with the pilot. The certification program for this airtaxi will start this yr, with completion anticipated by 2025.

A devoted and rising group will work on the R&D and certification middle in Augsburg. AutoFlight plans to ascertain extra places for take a look at and demonstration flights throughout Europe. ‘Prosperity I’ is the corporate’s first manned plane. Beforehand, the corporate’s focus was on unmanned cargo drones.

“I’m delighted to share that Mark Henning is becoming a member of AutoFlight in Europe to construct our ‘Prosperity I’ airtaxi in response to EASA security requirements,” stated Mr. Tian Yu, the corporate’s founder, Chairman and CEO.

Security is and all the time shall be AutoFlight’s prime dedication. The eVTOL pioneer is devoted to creating its airtaxi ‘Prosperity I’ as protected as a business airliner, and can work intently with European authorities.

In January 2022, Mark Henning took on the place as Managing Director at AutoFlight Europe, which primarily based in Augsburg/Germany. The aeronautical engineer and graduate of Munich’s Technical College has labored within the aviation business for 26 years. Mr. Henning began his profession at DASA and held management positions at EADS and Eurocopter. Beforehand, he was Supervisor for Governmental Enterprise on the helicopter division of Airbus and head of product EC135. He has additionally held positions in program administration, technique, manufacturing and growth and has labored for the Airbus Group in Indonesia, South Korea, Israel, South Africa and the USA.

Says Henning: “We’re bringing plane development again to Augsburg, making a high-tech location and jobs as we construct drones and create a very new market phase for airtaxis. What I actually like about AutoFlight and ‘Prosperity I’ is the underlying easy idea. Simplicity interprets into security and effectivity.”

The simplicity of AutoFlight’s design is the so referred to as ‘elevate and cruise’ – configuration. It combines superior vary and security with low technical complexity, making it reasonably priced.

AutoFlight is likely one of the earliest tech firms in China to make autonomous eVTOL, together with giant payload logistics and autonomous unmanned aerial autos (UAVs). Logistics UAVs have been launched first. AutoFlight accomplished greater than 10,000 takeoffs and landings in antagonistic climate situations. The corporate is now able to construct its individuals provider ‘Prosperity I’ and can present the progress made in its transition exams in just a few weeks.

About AutoFlight

AutoFlight is a world high-tech startup, based in China, devoted to creating and manufacturing autonomous aerial autos. The corporate’s main mission is to offer protected and dependable aerial logistics techniques and concrete air mobility options for individuals. AutoFlight makes use of new applied sciences, together with synthetic intelligence, autonomous driving, 5G, and supplies to drive developments within the eVTOL (electrical Vertical Take-Off and Touchdown) business.

The corporate is headquartered in Shanghai, with a flight management system analysis middle in Germany and a composite materials manufacturing plant in Jining/Shandong province. The corporate has a diversified eVTOL product combine, with a deal with giant scale logistics plane and autonomous passenger aerial autos.

In 2021, European tech holding firm Group International, primarily based in Berlin/Germany, invested 100 million US {dollars} in AutoFlight. Its founder and CEO, Lukasz Gadowski, is a board member of AutoFlight.




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