California-based Joby Aviation has received a Part 135 Air Carrier Certificate from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), allowing it to begin on-demand commercial air taxi operations using its all-electric aircraft.
Joby received the certification ahead of schedule, with completion of the process originally expected in the second half of 2022. The five-stage process included the submission of more than 850 pages of manuals for approval and required Joby’s pilots to demonstrate mastery of the Company’s procedures and training under FAA observation.
The Part 135 Air Carrier Certificate is one of three FAA approvals required for Joby to operate its electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft as an air taxi service in cities and communities across the United States, alongside a Type Certificate and a Production Certificate.
Bonny Simi, Head of Air Operations and People at Joby, and one of the company’s FAA-approved pilots, said, “The procedures we’ve prepared lay a foundation for our future eVTOL operations. Over the coming months, we will use our Part 135 certificate to exercise the operations and customer technology platforms that will underpin our multi-modal ridesharing service, while also refining our procedures to ensure seamless journeys for our customers.”
“Receiving this certificate ahead of schedule is a testament to the incredible dedication and hard work of our team,” added Simi.
Once Joby receives a type certificate for its eVTOL aircraft, the Company will complete the FAA review process to add the new aircraft type to its existing air carrier certificate. Joby expects to launch its aerial ridesharing service in 2024.
The all-electric aircraft is designed to transport a pilot and four passengers up to 240km on a single charge at speeds of up to 300 km/h. Joby recently announced the results of acoustic testing with NASA, which confirmed the aircraft hit targets for low noise emissions during take-off and landing as well as overhead flight.