The American company Joby Aviation for the first time succeeded in obtaining the approval of the transfer of the passenger with the electric vertical flying aircraft.
It does not matter that they Call it air taxis, flying machines, or electric helicopters (eVTOLs), it seems that this next step in the transportation industry is always a little further than expected. But now for one company, a new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval takes them one step closer to commercialization.
This week, California-based Joby Aviation announced Which has received the Part 135 Airline Certification from the FAA. This certification allows the company to start its own commercial air taxi service. What company executives hope will happen in 2024.
Certification of Part 135 airlines is an important step, but only part of the three-part equation needed to make the air taxi business fully operational. . The company still needs to be "Type" certified, meaning that its aircraft comply with all federal aviation standards. In addition, Joby Thyme must obtain a production certificate to be able to commercially produce./li>
Jobi will use the electric Vertical aircraft (eVTOL) for its commercial transportation operations. The aircraft can accommodate one pilot and four passengers, and with a single charge can travel a distance of 240 km at a speed of 322 km/h.
The propulsion of this aircraft, with the help of six different rotors It is possible to rotate the plane from vertical take-off to horizontal flight. This bird must also be very calm. According to Jobby, in a recent acoustic test with NASA, the noise was measured at 65 decibels, which is equivalent to a normal conversation from a distance of 100 meters.
Air taxi service has not received electric electric aircraft, but Joby Thyme is working hard to make sure it is one of the first in this field.
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The company built its first subscale demonstration prototype in 2015, followed by full-scale prototypes in 2017. Pre-production prototypes were also introduced in 2019. Last year, Jobby released a video that demonstrated the performance of the prototype in practice.
But Jobby has done more than just fly. In early 2020, Toyota AI Ventures announced a $ 394 million investment in the startup, and later that year, Joby Elevete acquired the fledgling Uber Air Taxi division. .
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Source: Road Show