Joby Aviation will request the certification of Japanese aircraft
LONDON – Joby Aviation has officially applied for aircraft certification in Japan.
After it was announced that Japanese and American regulatory authorities had confirmed their agreement that they would provide a more streamlined approval process for American applicants who wish to validate their eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) aircraft designs in Japan , Joby applied their designs to approve in Japan.
Joby is a relatively young startup based in California, USA, which was founded in 2009. They design and manufacture their own aircraft with a focus on manufacturing eVTOL aircraft.
Joby’s application to the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) for validation of an FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) type certification is considered the first of its kind and is a necessary step to enter the Japanese market in order to to launch air carpooling experiments in Japan. .
Joby’s Founder and CEO, JoeBen Bevirt, commented on the app saying, “We are extremely excited about the potential of electric aerial ridesharing to deliver a new form of clean and affordable urban and regional connectivity across Japan.
“With 92% of residents living in urban areas, we have a dramatic opportunity to save people in congested cities like Tokyo, Yokohama and Osaka time, while reducing their impact on the environment.
“We strongly believe that a collaborative approach to regulation helps foster greater safety, and by working hand-in-hand on certification, Japan and the United States are ensuring that both countries continue to play a leading role. plan in adopting climate-friendly transport.”
Joby already has a strong connection to Japan and joined forces with Toyota in 2018 as a strategic partner.
Toyota lends its expertise in manufacturing process development and high-volume production to Joby. Toyota is also Joby’s largest outside investor, having invested nearly $400 million in the company.
Joby has also partnered with ANA, Japan’s largest airline, to bring ride-sharing air services to Japan.
Joby is a member of Japan’s Public-Private Conference for Future Air Mobility Revolution, established by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry to accelerate the adoption of air ridesharing in the country.
Type certification is a multi-year process that allows a company to undertake rigorous testing and documentation of each aircraft system to prove that the aircraft meets safety standards and is ready for commercial operations.
Similar type certification processes are undertaken for all aircraft, large and small – an approach that has helped make air travel one of the safest forms of transportation available today.
If Joby manages to get his type certificate in Japan, then with its high rate of urbanization, transporting people from one side of the city to the other will not only increase the time used.
For example, council members would also reduce congestion in city centers, especially in Tokyo, as cars would be deemed unnecessary and slow compared to Joby’s eVTOL planes.
The other major benefit is that hospitals could also start using them to send medical aid to smaller parts of the city instead of helicopters.
Not only would this reduce CO2, but it could also increase survival rates for many people, as they could also transport people in dire need of emergency surgery.