- Joby has started final assembly of its prototype air taxi vehicle, which will serve as the basis for building its market-ready version.
- The company has also completed the second stage of approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to get a type certificate.
- Joby has already built several parts of the aircraft, and it is now joining them together.
Joby, a company that is making electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicle or simply, an electric air taxi, announced that it has begun the final assembly of its company-conforming vehicle.
As reported by TechCrunch, the mobility company is completing its prototype vehicle, which will serve as the basis for building its market-ready version.
Just a couple of days before this announcement, Joby had shared equally exciting news with the company. It mentioned that it had completed the second stage towards an approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The approval will give it a type certificate that indicates that its product is safe for commercial passenger use.
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With the certificate, the company’s eVTOL design and parts will be approved to be in accordance to the administration’s standards. For air taxis, this means that they are airworthy and their noise level is bearable.
Joby is said to have already built several of the aircraft’s parts at its facility in Marina, California, including its wing, tail and fuselage. The company is now moving to join everything together and add wiring, electronics, actuation and propulsion systems.
The aviation company is already publicly traded with several key investors including Vanguard Global. It is allegedly shopping for a mass production factory ahead of when it begins shipping its vehicles. While there are several competitors racing towards a marketable eVTOL, Joby is regarded as a leader due to its strides. It is likely going to be the first to take air taxis from concept to prototype.
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