This website uses cookies
More information
Business Air News
Business Air News
The monthly news publication for aviation professionals.

Why visit ACE ’24?

Related background information from the Handbook...
The monthly news publication for aviation professionals.

Request your printed copy

Falcon adds Prosperity to future eVTOL fleet
AutoFlight and Falcon Aviation Services have embarked on a collaboration aimed at spearheading the advancement of AAM in the United Arab Emirates and throughout the region.
Falcon Air Services COO captain Raman Oberoi and AutoFlight Europe MD Robert Henning.
Read this story in our December 2023 printed issue.

Falcon Aviation Services (FAS), a key player in the UAE government's AAM strategy, is to collaborate with eVTOL manufacturer AutoFlight. The operator already has agreements in place with Archer Aviation to operate its Midnight air taxis across Dubai and Abu Dhabi; with VPorts to operate flights in an AAM integrator centre in Dubai that houses dedicated flight-testing airspace to facilitate the airworthiness certification of eVTOLs; and with Eve Air Mobility for up to 35 eVTOL aircraft for sightseeing flights, deliveries expected in 2026.

Mark Robert Henning, managing director of AutoFlight Europe, says: "Our collaboration with Falcon Aviation Services is a major milestone in the advancement of advanced air mobility in the UAE and the broader MENA region. Together in this strong partnership we take pride in being able to showcase the capabilities of our innovative Prosperity passenger eVTOL and cargo CarryAll to the Emirates."

FAS COO captain Raman Oberoi adds: "This partnership with AutoFlight aligns with our dedication to delivering an effective and sustainable new urban transportation mode. With our unparalleled reputation and expertise in helicopter operations and MRO for nearly two decades, Falcon is leading the way to launch this revolutionary AAM concept in the UAE and MENA region."

FAS provides an extensive range of operational and aviation support services. It currently serving 70,000 sightseeing passengers annually, a figure it aims to double within the next three years. It is gearing up to introduce the first eVTOL tourist, cargo and air taxi flights in the region.

AutoFlight's Prosperity is an electric aircraft that employs rotor technology for vertical take off and seamlessly transitions into horizontal flight, akin to traditional aircraft. It is capable of speeds in excess of 200kmh over a range greater than 250km. AutoFlight 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 its aircraft.

Prosperity was designed by Frank Stephenson, who revolutionised the Mini and the Fiat 500, and created iconic designs for Ferrari, McLaren and Maserati before turning his design talents to flying taxis.

AutoFlight has been setting new benchmarks in the electric air taxi landscape over the past 12 months, including establishing the world record of flying 250.3km on a single battery charge. It also recently successfully executed a world-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 CAAC by early 2024, helping pave the way for certification of the passenger model. The cargo model has two metric tons 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.

Other News
 
Archer and Joby score UAE air taxi deals
May 2, 2024
The OEMs have inked agreements with Abu Dhabi and Dubai to establish air taxi operations within an AAM ecosystem; Archer with its Midnight aircraft and Joby with the JAS4-1.
China says yes to Prosperity
May 1, 2024
Chinese regulators have approved AutoFlight's type certificate application for its Prosperity passenger eVTOL aircraft.
AutoFlight delivers first electric air taxi to Japan
April 4, 2024
An AAM operator has taken delivery of Autoflight's first Prosperity eVTOL that it is planning to showcase at the 2025 Osaka World Expo. The OEM has also just received CAAC type certification for its cargo variant.