Joby absolves first tests with the FAA

The eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) start-up Joby Aviation has completed the first system tests and compliance checks by the Federal Aviation Administration and received the approvals. The company, therefore, feels that its development approach has been validated and intends to continue working on the product design.

The system review included an assessment of Joby‘s plans and processes for developing complex, safety-critical systems and equipment. Here, the systems involved were screened, i.e., flight control, propulsion control and battery management.

Joby’s aircraft is a piloted five-seat eVTOL aircraft that can carry four passengers at what the company says are speeds of up to 200 mph (320 km/h). The aircraft has a maximum range of 150 miles (240 km). Joby says it is targeting the launch of its aerial ridesharing service in 2024.

For the conformance testing, Joby’s approach to the development and verification of software suitable for aerospace requirements was assessed. The same applies to the electronics hardware, which must also meet certain criteria.

Successfully completing our first System Review and Compliance Review demonstrates that Joby’s engineering practices are maturing to a level where they can be applied for the most demanding safety-critical development while producing all the required certification data to prove our design to one of the world’s toughest and most respected regulators,” said Tom Ferrell, Development Assurance Lead at Joby. “We will now proceed to the second round of reviews, which focus on the outputs of Joby’s development process, including validation of certification requirements, design capture, and implementation of that design in both hardware and software.”,


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