Taxi services

Joby receives FAA air carrier certification to launch air taxi services

The leading US eVTOL company has received FAA Part 135 certification, so it can now begin offering on-demand commercial air taxi operations. Not with his eVTOL plane, be careful, it’s still far from being approved.

Instead, the company says it will begin ferrying people in conventional planes to bring its systems and processes together as it prepares to launch an urban air taxi operation of epic proportions. Joby plans to mass-produce its S4 planes, starting with around 200-400 units per year as early as 2024 and then increasing by the thousands, and although it will sell them to other operators, its main goal is to set up its own end-to-end transport service.

After acquiring Uber Elevate, it is developing the apps and software it will need to coordinate multi-mode rides. You will tell Joby where you need to go, he will organize ground transportation to the nearest vertiport, synchronized with the arrival of an aircraft. The aircraft will take you to another vertiport closer to your destination, where you will be met by another ground vehicle to handle the last leg of the journey.

Joby is working on an end-to-end, multi-modal, Uber-style transportation service that will synchronize eVTOL flights with ground transportation at each end

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All of this will take a lot of work from this quirky but growing Californian company, as the aircraft’s development team strives to obtain FAA certification for the plane, another part of the team will begin to flying people about to start learning first. -main what the business of a Part 135 air carrier looks like.

“Over the next few months,” said Bonny Simi, flight operations and people manager at Joby, in a press release, “we will use our Part 135 certificate to exercise the operations and client technology platforms that underpin will extend our multimodal carpooling service, while refining our procedures to ensure smooth journeys for our customers.”

According to the FAA Aircraft Registry, the company has two conventional fixed-wing aircraft on its books to start with. One is a Vans RV-8 two-seat tandem single-engine kit plane. The other is a Cirrus SR22, a larger plane that seats four or five people. At a wild guess, we’d say these won’t land on top of city parking lots.

Joby’s Part 135 certification is coming slightly ahead of schedule. We don’t know of any other eVTOL-specific startups that have achieved this level of certification, but on the other hand, there are already over a thousand Part 135 operators in the United States flying people in conventional aircraft.

The next two stages of certification are the most difficult. To obtain production certification, Joby will need to demonstrate that all of its manufacturing operations meet aerospace standards, and to obtain type certification for the S4, it will need to satisfy the FAA that every component and system of the aircraft meets incredibly strict safety standards. standards. The company believes it will successfully complete both steps and begin integrating eVTOLs into its business operations by 2024.

Source: Joby Aviation