The company has announced that it has officially begun the process of seeking certification for its electric takeoff and landing aircraft (eVTOL) in the UK.
The Santa Cruz-based company revealed its intentions ahead of the opening of the Farnborough International Airshow. The company began its efforts to seek US certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) last June and has made remarkable progress. By May, it announced it had received its Part 135 Air Carrier Certificate, nearly a half year ahead of schedule, allowing it to operate traditional aircraft to prepare for the launch of its services by 2024. In filing its paperwork with Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Joby is looking to make the UK the second market in which it will operate eVTOL air taxi flights.
“We’re incredibly excited about the potential for electric aerial ridesharing to offer a new form of clean and affordable urban and regional connectivity across the U.K., where more than 80% of the population lives in, or near, cities,” said Joby CEO JoeBen Bevirt.