Joby Aviation, a California-based company that develops all-electric aircraft for commercial passenger service, today announced that it has formally applied for its aircraft design to be certified for use in the UK.
While Joby is currently pursuing “type certification” of its aircraft with the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and expects the United States to be its first operating market, this application will enable US-based Joby’s certification to be concurrently validated by the UK. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), accelerating company’s journey to market in UK Joby believes it is the first eVTOL company to apply for foreign validation of its FAA type certificate .
With a maximum range of 150 miles and a quiet acoustic profile, Joby’s five-seat electric piloted vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft is designed to connect people and cities through fast, emission-free flight.
Joby’s candidacy builds on a joint statement from the FAA and CAA in March announcing their intention to leverage the existing bilateral aviation safety agreement between the two regulators to streamline the introduction of eVTOL aircraft using existing regulatory frameworks.
Type certification is a multi-year process where a company performs rigorous testing and documentation on each aircraft system to prove that the aircraft is safe and ready for commercial operations. Similar type certification processes are undertaken for all aircraft, large and small – an approach that has helped make air travel one of the safest forms of transportation available today.
In March Joby announced that he had joined ADS Group, a UK trade association for aerospace, defense and security companies, and was working with the UK’s leading air traffic control services provider, NATS. , to explore the integration of Joby services into UK airspace.