The company’s first eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) air taxi, Prosperity I, will be tested and further perfected in Germany, at the recently established research & development center at the Augsburg airport. In addition, further locations for test and demonstration flights will be established across Europe.
As for the Prosperity I air taxi, it is described by AutoFlight as a new category of aircraft with a “lift and cruise” configuration. This design approach is supposed to combine a superior range and safety with low technical complexity, resulting in a simple, clean, quiet, and affordable flying machine.
Prosperity I accomplished its maiden flight last October. It has a maximum takeoff weight of 1,500 kg (3,300 lb.), a capacity of four people (three passengers and the pilot), and it boasts an impressive range of up to 250 km (155 miles) on a charge. AutoFlight says it will have a maximum cruising speed of 200 kph (124 mph).
To prove the reliability of its eVTOL aircraft, the Chinese manufacturer recently shared footage of the Prosperity I transitioning from vertical to horizontal flight, stopping its front propellers to allow the rear ones to begin driving it forward.
For now, AutoFlight has just released the “trailer” of the test flight but it will release the full video in early February.