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AutoFlight boosts team ahead of US transition flight
One of the AutoFlight team's first tasks will be to achieve a successful transition flight over US soil of its air taxi dubbed, Prosperity I, which it plans to accomplish in the coming months.
Chad Cashin and Omer Bar-Yohay are now onboard.

AutoFlight, an eVTOL developer, has opened its first US office at Napa County Airport in California.

Its expansion is supported by the hiring of two senior industry veterans. Omer Bar-Yohay, co-founder and former CEO of Eviation Aircraft, has been appointed as AutoFlight's president, while Chad Cashin, formerly leading business development at Joby Aviation, assumes the role of chief commercial officer.

One of the team's first tasks will be to achieve a successful transition flight over US soil of its air taxi dubbed, Prosperity I, which it plans to accomplish in the coming months.

In June AutoFlight released its latest video of Prosperity I featuring a new design with upgraded lift and cruise configuration, optimised lifting propellers, and enhanced hover and cruise performance. AutoFlight has successfully completed over 100 full transition flights of its aircraft in 2022 and is well on route to continue expanding the flight envelope and maturing its European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification programme.

Prosperity I is designed for short transfers between parts of a city, airport commutes, connecting two nearby cities or enabling trips to the countryside while avoiding traffic on the ground. When ready for commercial flight in 2025, it is expected that a trip that takes hours by car will be reduced to about 10 minutes with Prosperity I, without being any less safe or more expensive than a car taxi ride.

Omer Bar-Yohay, president of AutoFlight says: “The AutoFlight name is synonymous with simplicity, safety and getting things done. I'm delighted to be joining this fantastic team. Chad and I have been welcomed with open arms, and we're excited to support our new colleagues on their inspiring journey to unlock the skies for mass individual transport by creating safe, efficient, eVTOL aircraft that make economic sense too.”

AutoFlight's US expansion is the latest in a list of milestones for the eVTOL innovator, which also includes the establishment of a European base in Augsburg, Germany, the appointment of Mark Henning, formerly of Airbus, as its European managing director, as well as $100 million investment from next-generation mobility investor Team Global.

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