AutoFlight and Falcon Aviation Services have embarked on a new collaboration aimed at spearheading the advancement of Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) in the United Arab Emirates and throughout the region.
Falcon Aviation Services (FAS) is a Business Aviation Services Operator in the Middle East and Africa region (MENA), and a key player in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government’s AAM strategy, while AutoFlight is at the forefront of autonomous electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft design and manufacturing. These companies have officially marked their commitment with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, pledging to collaboratively forge an innovative AAM strategy across the region.
Falcon Aviation Services provides an extensive range of Operational and Aviation Support Services, which include Helicopter Sightseeing Tours from some of the UAE’s most iconic destinations, such as Atlantis Hotel, The Palm, Abu Dhabi Ports, and Expo 2020. Falcon Aviation Services is gearing up to introduce the first eVTOL touristic, cargo, and air-taxi flights in the region.
AutoFlight’s Prosperity electric aircraft employs rotor technology for vertical takeoff and transitions into horizontal flight. The aircraft is capable of speeds in excess of 200kmh, over a range greater than 250km. AutoFlight believes it is one of only a few eVTOL OEMs to have mastered the challenging ‘transition phase’ from vertical to horizontal flight, clocking thousands of flight miles on multiple iterations of their aircraft.
AutoFlight has been consistently setting new benchmarks in the electric ‘Airtaxi’ landscape over the past 12 months, including establishing the world record of flying 250.3km on a single battery charge. In another milestone for the aviation industry, AutoFlight also recently successfully executed the first formation flight of three autonomous eVTOL aircraft.
The unmanned cargo version of Prosperity, the CarryAll is expected to achieve production and airworthiness certification from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) by early 2024, helping pave the way for certification of the passenger model. The cargo model has two metric tons maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) and is designed to lift a 400kg payload up to 200km.
AutoFlight is a vertically integrated OEM and has developed the composite airframe, electric motors, battery packs, flight controllers and cockpit avionics in-house.