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Chinese regulators approve AutoFlight’s Type Certificate application for Prosperity passenger eVTOL aircraft



The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has officially accepted AutoFlight’s application for the Type Certificate (TC) of their Prosperity 5-seater electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft.

The certification process commenced on April 26th 2024. Prosperity is equipped with a pure electric propulsion system, has a maximum take-off weight of 2,200 kg, and features a 5-seat cabin design. Its ‘lift and cruise’ wing configuration allows for vertical take-off, similar to a multi-rotor aircraft or helicopter.

Once in flight mode, it transitions to fixed-wing flight for horizontal cruising. With its versatility in take-off and landing, efficiency, convenience, and environmental safety, it stands as an ideal choice for ‘air taxis’. The eVTOL aircraft will be utilised for point-to-point air travel within cities and intercity areas, with the objective being to ultimately offer pricing similar to ground-based car services.

Autoflight's Prosperity.

Autoflight's Prosperity.

Obtaining airworthiness certification is the initial threshold to ensure aircraft flight safety, and is also the prerequisite for aircraft to enter commercial operation. On March 22th 2024, the CarryAll unmanned aircraft system independently developed by AutoFlight obtained the Type Certificate (TC) issued by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), becoming the world’s first eVTOL aircraft above one ton to pass type certification.

In February, AutoFlight presented the world’s first inter-city electric air taxi demonstration flight between the southern Chinese cities of Shenzhen and Zhuhai. AutoFlight’s Prosperity aircraft completed the significant milestone by autonomously flying the 50km (31 miles) route from Shenzhen to Zhuhai. The flight across the Pearl River Delta took just 20 minutes, a journey that would require up to three hours by car. This achievement marks the world’s first public flight of an eVTOL aircraft on a cross-sea and inter-city route.

The route between Shenzhen and Zhuhai is part of the future air traffic scenario planned by the regional government as it develops its ‘low-altitude economy’ strategy that will see the opening of thousands of vertiports and hundreds of eVTOL air routes across the Greater Bay Area in southern China.

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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 2nd May 2024 | Issue #746


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