AutoFlight and Groupe ADP will trial eVTOLs at Pontoise Vertiport during the 2024 Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Advanced air mobility (AAM) specialist AutoFlight and airport operator Groupe ADP have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to trial “Prosperity I” electric take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOLs) from Pontoise Vertiport during the 2024 Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games. AutoFlight will showcase the capabilities of its world-record holding 250km-range Lift & Cruise eVTOLs, while Groupe ADP reinforces its commitment to fostering innovative air mobility, the partners said. This new collaboration aims to highlight AutoFlight’s potential in scaling up sustainable urban logistics and passenger transportation under real-world conditions.

Under the MoU, AutoFlight will conduct experimental piloted flights from the Pontoise Vertiport, Europe’s most advanced airfield for sustainable air mobility. Pontoise Vertiport offers a comprehensive infrastructure, encompassing dedicated take-off and landing areas, a state-of-the-art passenger terminal, a fully equipped maintenance hangar, and advanced control areas. As Groupe ADP is spearheading the development of eVTOL infrastructure in the Paris Region with five additional vertiports in the making (Paris heliport in Issy-les-Moulineaux, Paris Austerlitz, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Paris Le Bourget, and Saint-Cyr l’Ecole), Pontoise offers the optimal setting to experiment AutoFlight's cutting-edge eVTOL technology, according to the new partners.

“We are delighted to be working with AutoFlight to enable experimental flights of its eVTOLs during the 2024 Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games,” said Edward Arkwright, deputy CEO of Groupe ADP. “Pontoise Vertiport, equipped with exceptional infrastructure and facilities, serves as an optimal platform to support electric, innovative aircraft. This collaboration resonates with our commitment to delivering sustainable and efficient aircraft infrastructure as we continue to pave the way for the future of aviation.”

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