Receive our newsletter – data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. News
January 7, 2022

Joby’s second prototype aircraft obtains FAA and USAF airworthiness approvals

Joby Aviation is under an Agility Prime contract with the US Air Force.

US-based all-electric aircraft developer Joby Aviation’s second pre-production prototype aircraft has been granted airworthiness approvals.

In December 2021, both the US Air Force (USAF) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) gave the Special Airworthiness Certificate and airworthiness approval, respectively, for the aircraft.

The new addition and approvals increase the capacity for the flight testing of the aircraft this year.

Joby founder and CEO JoeBen Bevirt said: “Our 2021 flight test programme delivered a wealth of information and experience to support our programme.

“With two aircraft flying at the same time, we’ll be able to increase the speed of our learnings as planned while continuing to fulfil the requirements of our Agility Prime contract.

“We’re grateful to the US Air Force for our ongoing relationship and support and to the FAA for continuing to foster innovation in the aviation industry.”

Content from our partners
Bespoke harsh environment connector solutions set Omnetics apart from competitors
Growing opportunities for Unmanned Aerial Systems
Keeping the defence world connected with Smiths Interconnect

The company aims to introduce its electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft into commercial passenger service in 2024.

As part of an Agility Prime contract with the USAF, Joby expects to commence flights this month and move the aircraft into service.

The eVTOL aircraft can cruise at a speed of 200mph with four passengers and a pilot and has a range of 150 miles.

The aircraft has so far finished more than 1,000 flight tests.

The first pre-production prototype has flown over 5,300 miles. Last year, the company collected 65Tb of test data from the first prototype flights.

Related Companies

NEWSLETTER Sign up Tick the boxes of the newsletters you would like to receive. The top stories of the day delivered to you every weekday. A weekly roundup of the latest news and analysis, sent every Monday. The defence industry's most comprehensive news and information delivered every month.
I consent to GlobalData UK Limited collecting my details provided via this form in accordance with the Privacy Policy
SUBSCRIBED

THANK YOU