Chinese electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) developer AutoFlight is aiming to secure European certification for its Prosperity I air taxi aircraft from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency by 2025.

The Prosperity I, the company’s first crewed aircraft, is a three-passenger eVTOL aircraft with a projected range of 250km.

To support the process Autoflight has established a European operation at Augsburg airport in southern Germany and aims to identify other locations in Europe at which test and demonstration flights will be carried out.

Former Airbus Helicopters government business manager Mark Henning, a German aeronautical engineer by background, has taken up the new post of managing director at AutoFlight Europe.

“We are bringing aircraft construction back to Augsburg, creating a high-tech location and jobs as we build drones and create a completely new market segment for air taxis,” Henning said. “What I really like about AutoFlight and Prosperity I is the underlying simple concept. Simplicity translates into safety and efficiency.”