AutoFlight, a leader in autonomous electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) technology, successfully executed a historical flight of three autonomous eVTOL aircraft in China. Three of AutoFlight’s Prosperity I models were involved in the groundbreaking flight, demonstrating the company’s ambition to shape the future of aerial transportation. With dual headquarters in Augsburg, Germany, and Shanghai, AutoFlight has continued to revolutionize eVTOL technology, achieving a series of world firsts: the first full-scale eVTOL transition flight in January 2022 and the first eVTOL full length flight video release in June 2022. AutoFlight achieved a world record flight in February 2023 where one of their prototypes covered 250 km on a single battery charge, demonstrating the potential for sustainability in the sector.
The historic formation flight saw three generations of the Prosperity I aircraft, indicating the rapid evolution of the aircraft’s development. The company plans to make the prototypes into products, with a cargo version set to be released for safe cargo transport in Asia next year, and a passenger version gradually developed in the coming years, meeting the highest safety standards for aviation.
“The formation flight is a testament to our commitment towards making aerial transport safe, sustainable, and accessible,” says Mark Henning, former Airbus Helicopter Engineering Chief and head of the AutoFlight Europe team. “We have much more to come.”