The approval lays the groundwork for Joby to begin for-credit testing across all areas of its EAV program

Chuck Martin, Editorial Director AI & IoT

February 21, 2024

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Joby’s all-electric aircraft in flight above Marina, California.
Joby Aviation

Joby Aviation, the California eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) air taxi developer, has completed the third of five stages for official certification.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved Joby’s certification plans covering all of the electric aerial vehicle’s (EAV) structural, mechanical and electrical systems and the company’s approach to cybersecurity, human factors and noise.

The approval lays the groundwork for Joby to begin for-credit testing across all areas of its EAV program.

In the next stage of the certification process, Joby plans to complete tests and analysis for FAA credit covering every component and system as well as the entire EAV.

“Joby continues to lead the industry towards bringing electric air taxis to the commercial market.,” said JoeBen Bevirt, founder and CEO of Joby. “Our certification and engineering teams are best-in-class and, working closely with the FAA, continue to support U.S. leadership in this new area of aviation.”

Joby Aviation and Archer Aviation recently received Part 145 certification from the FAA, which allowed both EAV makers to perform maintenance, repair and overhaul services on the flying taxis once they are certified for commercial operations.

Jony and Archer are among the major flying taxi firms globally.

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Joby’s air taxi is designed to carry a pilot and four passengers and travel at speeds of up to 200 mph.

There also are smaller EAVs being developed, such as those by Volocopter in Germany and EHang in China, both of which are designed to carry one or two people. In the case of EHang, the EAV is designed to fly pilotless.

Most EAV’s take off and land straight up and down, eliminating the need for traditional aircraft runways.

Joby and Archer have been working on developing their flying vehicles for years. The first commercial use is expected in 2025 or 2026, pending all the required FAA approvals.

Joby recently selected Dayton, Ohio, as the location to build facilities to deliver up to 500 flying vehicles a year.

Archer manufacturing is set to be done in Covington, Georgia.

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Chuck Martin

Editorial Director AI & IoT

Chuck Martin, author of "Flying Vehicles," New York Times Business Bestselling author and futurist, is Editorial Director at Informa Tech, home of AI Business, IoT World Today and Enter Quantum. Martin has been a leader in emerging digital technologies for more than two decades. He is considered one of the foremost emerging technology experts in the world and his latest book title "Flying Vehicles" (The Emergence of Personal Air Travel, Flying Cars, and Air Taxis) followed "Digital Transformation 3.0" (The New Business-to-Consumer Connections of The Internet of Things).  He hosts a worldwide podcast titled “The Voices of the Internet of Things with Chuck Martin,” where he converses with top executives from the companies driving the adoption of emerging technology.

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