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Joby Aviation said it has formally applied for its four-passenger piloted eVTOL aircraft to be certified for use in the U.K. — an announcement the company made on the eve of the Farnborough International Airshow, which is well underway in the U.K. this week.
The company has been focusing its attention on launching aerial ridesharing services in the U.S. as its first operating marketing, having received its Part 135 air carrier certificate in May to test operations using a fixed-wing aircraft — likely a Cirrus SR22.
Joby expects to receive type certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 2024, and claims it is the first eVTOL company to apply for foreign validation of its expected FAA certification.
The application to get Joby’s aircraft concurrently validated by the U.K. Civil Aviation Authority comes after the U.S. and U.K. regulators announced a collaboration in March to streamline eVTOL type certification and operations — an announcement Joby had applauded at the time.
“By working hand-in-hand on certification, the U.K. and U.S. are setting the stage for these two countries to be amongst the earliest adopters of this important new technology,” said JoeBen Bevirt, founder and CEO of Joby. “We strongly believe that a collaborative approach to regulation helps to foster greater safety and accelerate the introduction of new technologies that benefit the public and the environment.”