Joby officially applies for UK certification of its eVTOL air taxis
Leading air taxi developer Joby has announced it has officially begun the process of seeking certification of its electric takeoff and landing aircraft (eVTOL) in the UK, the second country in which it is doing so after its home US market.
Santa Cruz-based Joby revealed the move ahead of the opening of the Farnborough International Airshow, where next-generation aviation companies and tech are generating more interest than ever. Part of the reason for that excitement is nearing air taxi and other eVTOL services around the world – including an eventual UK launch – and Joby’s formal certification bid brings that much closer.
The company began its efforts to seek US certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) last June and has made remarkable progress in that exacting process since. By May, it announced it had received its Part 135 Air Carrier Certificate, nearly a half year ahead of schedule, allowing it operate traditional…