AutoFlight and Falcon Aviation Services have embarked on a pioneering collaboration to advance advanced air mobility (AAM) in the UAE and across the region. The unmanned cargo version of the Prosperity, the CarryAll, is expected to obtain production and airworthiness certification from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) by early 2024, paving the way for certification of the model passenger.
AutoFlight and Falcon Aviation Services partners…
AutoFlight and Falcon Aviation Services have embarked on a pioneering collaboration to advance advanced air mobility (AAM) in the UAE and across the region. Falcon Aviation Services (FAS) is a leading operator of business aviation services in the Middle East and Africa (MENA), and a key player in the UAE Government’s advanced air mobility strategy (WATER). The two companies officially marked their commitment by signing an unprecedented memorandum of understanding, committing to collaborate on the implementation of an innovative AAM strategy in the region.
…To introduce the first ADAVe tourist, cargo and air taxi flights
Falcon Aviation Services offers a wide range of aviation operational and support services, including helicopter sightseeing tours from some of the UAE’s most iconic destinations, such as Atlantis Hotel, The Palm, Ports of Abu Dhabi and Expo 2020. The company is notably among the top five helicopter excursion sites in the world. Currently, the company serves 70,000 passengers per year and aims to double this figure over the next three years. Additionally, Falcon Aviation Services is preparing to introduce the first sightseeing, cargo and ADAVe air taxi (eVTOL) flights to the region.
CarryAll, should obtain CAAC certification in early 2024
Over the past 12 months, AutoFlight has notably set a record of 250.3 km traveled on a single battery charge. In another milestone for the aviation industry, AutoFlight recently successfully completed a first formation flight of three autonomous ADAVe aircraft. The unmanned cargo version of the Prosperity, the CarryAll, is expected to obtain production and airworthiness certification from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) by early 2024, paving the way for certification of the model passenger. The cargo model has a maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) of two tonnes and is designed to carry a payload of 400 kg up to 200 km. CarryAll will demonstrate that Prosperity will then be able to transport passengers, after the accumulation of several thousand hours of flight of the model without a pilot on board.
A firefighting version
AutoFlight also announced at the Dubai show the launch of a high payload firefighting program and demonstrated a fully functional prototype. With a maximum take-off weight of two tonnes (MTOW), the firefighting model is designed to carry a payload of 400 kg over a distance of up to 200 km and can reach speeds in excess of 200 km/h . It can carry four cans of high-performance fire extinguisher, each weighing 100 kg, with the capacity to extinguish fires. It can carry four high-performance fire extinguisher canisters, each weighing 100 kg, capable of individually extinguishing fires covering up to 200 m². This means that in a single payload, all four canisters can collectively put out fires covering up to 800 m².