AutoFlight has achieved one of the world’s longest eVTOL flight in history with a distance of 250 km (155 miles) on a single charge of the aircraft’s lithium-ion batteries.
The flight took place at AutoFlight’s eVTOL testing facility on 23rd February and consisted of 20 circuits on a predefined flight track, with the plane remotely piloted from the ground by AutoFlight’s flight Test team.
The company said the long-range test flight is ‘a key milestone in the development of the Prosperity I aircraft’, as it undergoes continued testing towards the goal of airworthiness certification in 2025 with EASA.
A similar milestone was achieved by Joby Aviation in July 2021, when it covered a total flight distance of 154.6 statute mile at its electric flight base in Big Sur, California
AutoFlight president Omer Bar-Yohay commented: “This flight is both a great celebratory milestone, and a testament to the team’s incredible effort and progress in testing and incrementally pushing the aircraft’s performance envelope. It is a remarkable achievement that shows its capability.”
While AutoFlight’s Gen4 aircraft is fitted with the latest in state-of-the-art avionics, the aircraft also ran third-party avionics to record and verify the distance flown on ForeFlight, an independent system widely used in the aviation sector.
The company said. This long-range test flight is “a key milestone in the development of the Prosperity I aircraft,” as it undergoes continued testing towards the goal of airworthiness certification in 2025 with EASA.
The aircraft used is AutoFlight’s newest Generation 4 model, which was designed by ‘legendary’ designer Frank Stephenson whose portfolio includes successes from brands including Ferrari, Maserati, McLaren, MINI and now AutoFlight.
AutoFlight’s Prosperity aircraft uses rotors to lift the aircraft vertically for takeoff, then transitions to horizontal flight on the wing like a traditional airplane. The aircraft is capable of speeds in excess of 200 km/h, over a range greater than 250 km.
AutoFlight claims to be one of only a few eVTOL OEM’s to have mastered the ‘transition phase’ from vertical to horizontal flight hundreds of times, clocking thousands of flight miles on multiple iterations of their aircraft.