Joby Aviation, Inc. (NYSE: JOBY), a California-based company that develops all-electric aircraft for commercial passenger service, today confirmed that it has formally applied to have its breakthrough aircraft design certified for use in Japan. The news comes as regulatory authorities in Japan and the United States confirmed earlier today that they have reached an agreement to provide a streamlined approval process for US applicants who wish to validate their eVTOL (“take-off and electric vertical landing gear”) in Japan.
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Joby’s all-electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft during a flight test. (Photo: BusinessWire)
Joby’s application to the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (“JCAB”) for validation of a “type certification” from the FAA (“Federal Aviation Administration”) is considered the first of its kind and constitutes a necessary step to launch carpooling services. in Japan. Joby plans to use his five-seat manned eVTOL aircraft to connect people and cities through fast, quiet, and emission-free flight.
Commenting on the app, JoeBen Bevirt, Founder and CEO of Joby Aviation, said, “We are extremely excited about the potential of electric air ridesharing to deliver a new form of clean and affordable urban and regional connectivity across Japan.
“With 92% of residents living in urban areas, we have a dramatic opportunity to save people in congested cities like Tokyo, Yokohama and Osaka time, while reducing their impact on the environment.
“We strongly believe that a collaborative approach to regulation helps foster greater safety, and by working hand-in-hand on certification, Japan and the United States are ensuring that both countries continue to play a leading role. plan in adopting climate-friendly transport.”
Joby has long-standing ties with Japan, having welcomed Toyota as a strategic partner in 2018. In addition to providing expertise in manufacturing process development and high-volume production, Toyota is also the largest outside investor of Joby, with nearly $400 million invested to date. . Earlier this year, Joby also entered into a partnership with ANA Holdings Inc., Japan’s largest airline, to offer ridesharing services in the Japanese market. Joby is a member of Japan’s Public-Private Conference for Future Air Mobility Revolution, established by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry to accelerate the adoption of air ridesharing in the country.
Type certification is a multi-year process that allows a company to undertake rigorous testing and documentation of each aircraft system to prove that the aircraft meets safety standards and is ready for commercial operations. Similar type certification processes are undertaken for all aircraft, large and small – an approach that has helped make air travel one of the safest forms of transportation available today.
Images and films of Joby’s plane are available in Joby’s media kit.
Joby Aviation, Inc. (NYSE: JOBY) is a California-based transportation company developing an all-electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft that it intends to operate in fast, quiet, and practice in cities around the world. . For more information, visit www.jobyaviation.com.
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