AutoFlight, a company producing eVTOLs has announced the launch of a high-payload firefighting program and released a fully functional prototype as reported by Aerial Fire Mag.
“With a maximum takeoff weight of two metric tons (MTOW), the firefighting model is designed to lift a 400kg payload over a distance of up to 200km and can reach speeds in excess of 200km/h” according to Aerial Fire Mag.
“It can transport four high-performance fire-extinguishing canisters, each weighing 100kg, with the capacity to extinguish fires covering up to 200 sq/m individually. This means that in a single payload, the four canisters can collectively extinguish fires spanning up to 800 sq/m.
“The firefighting model is based on the CarryAll, AutoFlight’s cargo eVTOL, for which Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) certification is expected by early 2024.
“Kellen Xie, Senior Vice President of Global Sales & Business Development at AutoFlight said that units can now be sold for joint development by firefighting organisations for operation in 2024.”
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