Joby AVIATION, a California-based company developing all-electric aircraft for commercial passenger service, has reportedly received the Part 135 Air Carrier Certificate ahead of schedule, which was initially targeted for the second half of 2022.
This comes as a major milestone achievement for Joby as the certification will now allow the company to operate aircraft commercially.
Reportedly, the Part 135 Air Carrier Certificate happens to be one of three FAA approvals required for Joby to operate its revolutionary electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft as an air taxi service in cities and communities across the United States, alongside a Type Certificate and a Production Certificate.
The procedures we’ve prepared lay a foundation for our future eVTOL operations. Over the coming months, we will use our Part 135 certificate to exercise the operations and customer technology platforms that will underpin our multi-modal ridesharing service, while also refining our procedures to ensure seamless journeys for our customers.Bonny Simi, Head of Air Operations and People at Joby, and one of the Company’s FAA-approved pilots, stated
With more than 1,000 test flights completed over the last 10 years, Joby’s eVTOL is currently under development and is expected to be fully certified and ready to enter service in 2024.
Powered by six electric motors, Joby’s eVTOL tiltrotor is designed to transport a pilot and four passengers up to 150 miles on a single charge at speeds of up to 200 mph.
While the certification of its electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (eVTOL) is underway, the company has decided to operate a fleet of Cirrus SR22s – a single-engine piston-powered high-performance aircraft.
On receiving the type certificate for its eVTOL aircraft, the Company will proceed to complete the FAA review process to club the new aircraft type to its existing air carrier certificate.
Previously, Joby had announced a partnership with CAE, to develop and qualify flight simulation training devices to train commercially-rated pilots to fly its eVTOL aircraft.
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