Chinese regulators approve AutoFlight’s type certificate application

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

The certification process commenced on April 26, 2024. Prosperity is equipped with a pure electric propulsion system, has a maximum take-off weight of 2,200 kg, and features a five-seat cabin design.

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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.

The eVTOL aircraft will be utilized 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.

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 22, 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.

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AutoFlight’s Prosperity aircraft completed the significant milestone by autonomously flying the 50 km (31-mile) 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.

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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