Joby Aviation, Inc. (NYSE:JOBY), a company developing electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft for commercial passenger service, has received its Part 145 Repair Station Certificate from the FAA.
The Part 145 certification permits Joby to perform select maintenance activities on aircraft and marks another step on the path to commercializing its electric air taxi service.
A Further Step for Joby
Joby is believed to be the first eVTOL developer to receive a Part 145 Certificate from the FAA.
This certification now opens the door for Joby to undertake maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services on its eVTOL aircraft once they are certified for commercial operations.
Bonny Simi, President of Operations at Joby Aviation, spoke about this recent achievement, highlighting its significance within Joby’s overarching strategy.
Simi emphasized that the Part 145 certificate represents a foundational element of Joby’s vertically-integrated approach, saying:
“Receiving our Part 145 certificate from the FAA is an important step towards developing the needed maintenance, repair and overhaul services to support Joby’s commercial flight operations, as well as establishing career pipelines for people who want to become eVTOL aircraft technicians.”
Fostering Talent and Career Opportunities
As the new eVTOL air taxi sector develops, Joby is clearly remaining committed to nurturing talent and creating career pathways for individuals interested in becoming eVTOL aircraft technicians.
Through paid on-the-job training opportunities facilitated by the Part 145 certificate, Joby aims to cultivate a skilled workforce capable of meeting the demands of this new industry sector.
In line with its commitment to talent development, Joby Aviation has now forged partnerships with educational institutions like Aviation High School in Queens, New York.
Through these collaborations, Joby is actively involved in preparing the next generation of aviation professionals by integrating course materials on electric propulsion systems into the curriculum.
By equipping students with the knowledge and skills needed for careers in emissions-free flight, Joby is contributing to the advancement of sustainable air transportation.
Urban Air Mobility
At the heart of Joby Aviation’s mission is the creation of a revolutionary electric air taxi designed to transform urban mobility.
With the capacity to accommodate a pilot and four passengers, Joby’s eVTOL aircraft offer unparalleled speed, reaching up to 200 mph.
Moreover, these innovative air taxis operate with a fraction of the noise produced by traditional helicopters and boast zero operating emissions, aligning with Joby’s commitment to environmental sustainability.
Joby opened the year with the development and placement of electric air taxi infrastructure at key locations.
This included an agreement for the installation the first air taxi charger in the greater New York City region at the company’s heliport in Kearny, New Jersey, located just a two minute flight from Manhattan.
The company is also collaborating with Atlantic Aviation to electrify existing aviation infrastructure in New York and Southern California, paving the way for the launch of its air taxi service.
Joby Aviation, Inc. (NYSE:JOBY) is a California-based transportation company developing an all-electric, vertical take-off and landing air taxi which it intends to operate as part of a fast, quiet, and convenient service in cities around the world.
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