Mr. Tian Yu founded Autoflight in 2016 and is headquartered in Shanghai, China. Autoflight is an aviation technology company specialized in the research and development of autonomous flight and electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) technology and aircraft manufacturing. Autoflight has set up research and development facilities in Munich, Germany and in Shenzhen, China, and have several manufacturing facilities across China. Mr. Tian Yu is also the founder of Yuneec, the predecessor of Autoflight, which was a world leader in consumer drones and the manufacturer of e-Spyder single-seat electric ultralight and E430 two-seat electric ultralight which first flew in June 2009.
Safety and reliability is a top priority for Autoflight and is applying interdisciplinary technologies to their aviation products including new materials, artificial intelligence, autonomous technology, sense and avoid in the air technology, multi-redundant flight control system, microelectronics, 4G and 5G telecommunication for multi-channel communication, ground radar assisted remote takeoff and landing function and many other technologies.
Autoflight unveiled their V1500M four passenger eVTOL at a September 2021 airshow in china. The autonomous aircraft was made specifically to allow landing or takeoffs from urban landing pads using eight fixed VTOL propellers. For forward flight, the aircraft has a high-wing and two rear pusher propellers allowing the aircraft to have a long flight range of 250 km (155 miles).
The V1500M has a cruise speed of 200 km/h (124 mph) to not only make Urban Air Mobility as fast as possible with four passengers and luggage. The aircraft has a maximum takeoff weight of 1,500 kg (3,307 lbs).
This aircraft has not only been made with redundancy of avionics and propellers but has also been simplified to keep purchase cost, maintenance cost and flight costs down. Instead of using retractable wheeled landing gear which increases the complexity of the aircraft, the designers opted to use four landing legs. These landing legs not only reduces the complexity of the aircraft but saves weight which is always welcome when it comes to aircraft.
The company expects to conduct the first flight for this aircraft in the immediate future.
- Aircraft type: eVTOL passenger aircraft
- Piloting: Autonomous
- Capacity: 4 passengers
- Cruise speed: 200 km/h (124 mph)
- Range: 250 km (155 miles)
- Flight Time: Unknown
- Maximum takeoff weight: 1,500 kg (3,307 lbs)
- Propellers: 10 propellers
- Electric Motors: 10 electric motors
- Power source: Batteries
- Fuselage: Carbon fiber composite
- Windows: Large side windows for spectacular views for passengers
- Wings: 1 high wing with two booms
- Tail: Twin boom with two rear ventral fins
- Landing gear: 4 fixed landing gear struts
- Safety features: Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP), provides safety through redundancy for its passengers and/or cargo. DEP means having multiple propellers (or ducted fans) and motors on the aircraft so if one or more propellers (ducted fans) or motors fail, the other working propellers (or ducted fans) and motors can safely land the aircraft.