Joby Aviation, a California-based business building all-electric aircraft for commercial passenger service, said today that it has formally submitted an application for certification of its ground-breaking aircraft design for use in the UK.
The application will enable Joby’s U.S.-based certification to be concurrently validated by the United Kingdom’s Civil Aviation Authority (“CAA”), accelerating the Company’s path to market in the U.K. Joby is currently pursuing the “type certification” for its aircraft with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) and anticipates that the U.S. will be its first operating market. The first eVTOL business to submit a request for overseas validation of its FAA type certificate is reportedly Joby.
Joby’s five-seat electric vertical take-off and landing (“eVTOL”) aircraft is intended to connect people and cities through quick, noiseless, and emission-free flight. It has a maximum range of 150 miles and a low acoustic profile.
The FAA and CAA jointly announced their intention to use the existing Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement between the two regulators to streamline the introduction of eVTOL aircraft using existing regulatory frameworks in March. Joby’s application builds on that announcement.
“By working hand in hand on certification, the U.K. and the U.S. are laying the ground for these two countries to be among the earliest users of this essential new technology”said JoeBen Bevirt, founder and CEO of Joby Aviation, in response to the application
“We firmly think that a cooperative regulatory approach helps to develop higher safety and expedite the adoption of new technologies that benefit the public and the environment.”
In the U.K., where more than 80% of the population lives in or close to cities, electric aerial ridesharing has the potential to provide a new type of clean and economical urban and regional connection.
A corporation must go through an extensive testing and documentation procedure known as type certification over the course of several years to demonstrate that the aircraft is secure and fit for commercial use. All aircraft, regardless of size, must go through the same type certification procedures, which has made air travel one of the safest modes of transportation.
Joby announced in March that it had joined ADS Group, the leading trade group for aerospace, defence, and security businesses in the UK, and that it was collaborating with NATS, the UK’s top provider of air traffic control services, to investigate the possibility of integrating Joby services into the country’s airspace.
The announcement comes in advance of one of the biggest airshows in the world, the Farnborough International Airshow, which will take place in the United Kingdom from July 18 to 22.
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