Joby receives FAA Part 135 Air Carrier Certificate ahead of eVTOL air taxi launch schedule
Developer of electric takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxis Joby Aviation says it has obtained its Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 135 Air Carrier Certificate nearly a half year ahead of schedule. The company will now use the permit to operate traditional aircraft to prepare the launch of services with next-generation vehicles in 2024.
Santa Cruz, California-based Joby made the announcement less than two weeks after it revealed “game changer” results in acoustic testing of its prototype, confirming expectations the noise it generates will be barely perceptible in urban environments. Receipt of the FAA’s Part 135 Air Carrier Certificate was well ahead Joby’s target for the second half of 2022, and marks another major step in its plans to put the eVTOL craft into commercial air taxi service within two years.
The development comes a little more than two months after the company said it had commenced the fourth of five phases in the Part 135…