AutoFlight and Falcon Aviation Services have announced they will collaborate in 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 player in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government’s AAM strategy, while AutoFlight is at the forefront of cutting-edge autonomous eVTOL aircraft design and manufacturing” according to the press release.
“Falcon Aviation Services provides an extensive range of Operational and Aviation Support Services, which include captivating Helicopter Sightseeing Tours from some of the UAE’s most iconic destinations, such as Atlantis Hotel, The Palm, Abu Dhabi Ports, and Expo 2020. Notably, it holds a position among the top five helicopter tour spots in the world. Currently, the company serves 70,000 sightseeing passengers annually and aims to double this number within the next three years. Additionally, Falcon Aviation Services is gearing up to introduce the first eVTOL touristic, cargo, and air-taxi flights in the region.
“AutoFlight’s Prosperity aircraft is an electric aircraft that employs rotor technology for vertical takeoff and seamlessly transitions into horizontal flight, akin to traditional airplanes. The aircraft 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 their aircraft.
“Prosperity was designed by Frank Stephenson, the legendary designer who revolutionised the Mini and the Fiat 500, and created iconic designs for Ferrari, McLaren and Maserati, among many others, before turning his design talents to the skies and the realm of flying taxis.
“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.”
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