NBAA was part of a special moment June 28, when Joby Aviation received an FAA Special Airworthiness Certificate for the first aircraft built at its Pilot Production Line in Marina, CA, allowing flight testing to begin.
To celebrate the milestone, the company held an event at its California facility, including a demonstration flight of the experimental version of its aircraft.
“Today’s achievement is the culmination of years of investment in our processes and technology, and it marks a major step on our journey to scaled production,” said Joby founder and CEO JoeBen Bevirt.
The aircraft is expected to become the first-ever electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft to be delivered to a customer when it moves to Edwards Air Force Base in 2024 to be operated by Joby as part of the company’s Agility Prime contract with the U.S. Air Force, worth up to $131 million.
“We use technology to advance safety,” said Didier Papadopoulos, Joby’s head of aircraft OEM.
“We are going to push our limits to make aviation safer than ever.”