Joby Aviation announced this week that it has completed the official application for certification of its electric air taxi with the Civil Aviation Bureau of Japan. Joby specifically requested FAA type certification validation, which the team is currently pursuing. Joby’s plane is a five-seat electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicle.
This announcement follows an agreement between Japanese and US regulatory authorities to provide a streamlined approval process for US eVTOL developers to validate their aircraft in Japan.
According to Joby, the application submitted to the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) is considered the first of its kind.
Founder and CEO, JoeBen Bevirt, commented on the company’s application and the potential to offer eVTOL services across Japan. “With 92% of residents living in urban areas, we have a dramatic opportunity to save people time in congested cities like Tokyo, Yokohama and Osaka while reducing their impact on the environment,” he said. stated in the ad.
“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.”
One of Joby’s advantages is actually his connections in Japan. Toyota has been a strategic partner of developer eVTOL since 2018 and has invested nearly $400 million in the company so far. Japan’s largest airline, ANA Holdings, is another Joby partner.
Joby has also received significant support in the United States, with an investment from Delta Air Lines totaling $60 million last week. Developer eVTOL plans to launch services with its aircraft in 2024. It obtained a Part 135 air operator certificate in June, ahead of schedule, which is an important step on the road to certification.
Joby holds contracts with the Army, Navy and Air Force to test potential military applications of its eVTOL. The company extended its existing contract with the Department of Defense in August to include the Marine Corps. The total potential value of the DoD contract is now over $75 million.