AutoFlight announced on 16 March 2023 that it had signed a contract with Evfly, following its record-breaking 250 km flight of its electric aircraft on a circuit.
A contract with Evfly...
AutoFlight announced today that it has signed a contract with Evfly, following its 250km electric flight. Evfly is an air fleet management and operation company that offers transportation services to corporate (B2B) and private (B2C) customers such as offshore transport, medical emergencies, on-demand tourist flights, private transport from point A to point B and cargo transport, etc., with a new generation fleet. Evfly aims to offer a complete set of services to companies that need to operate eVTOL on a private or commercial basis, but also to governments and NGOs.
...For 205 Prosperity I and Prosperity Cargo
The agreement reflects the company's commitment to the Middle East region, which both parties believe could be a forerunner in eVTOL services. Evfly will purchase 205 Prosperity I and Prosperity Cargo aircraft, and operate the first 10 AutoFlight Cargo aircraft in the Middle East, in highly promising markets such as the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, before deploying them in Asia and Africa. The partnership is based on Evfly's comprehensive fleet management service, which incorporates the latest technology in eVTOL maintenance and operational efficiency. This is a unique solution for companies wishing to use eVTOLs for commercial or private purposes.
A 250 km circuit flight
The agreement quickly follows Autoflight's longest eVTOL flight of 250km on a single charge of the aircraft's lithium-ion batteries. The flight, which took place on 23 February at AutoFlight's test site, consisted of 20 circuits on a pre-defined flight track, with the aircraft being remotely controlled from the ground by AutoFlight's flight test team. Interestingly, while AutoFlight's Gen4 aircraft is equipped with the latest avionics, the aircraft also used third-party avionics to record and verify distance flown on ForeFlight, an independent system widely used in the aviation industry.