Joby and NYC aviation school to train eVTOL pilots and technicians


Joby has partnered with NYC’s Aviation High School to train pilots and aircraft maintenance technicians for eVTOL operations.

As part of the partnership, 100 New York Aviation High School students have enrolled in Joby’s online Private Pilot Ground School course, which teaches the basics of aerodynamics, aviation and piloting. Joby will also work with the school’s faculty to get material on electric propulsion systems and other new technologies on the curriculum.

New York City Schools Chancellor David C. Banks said: “Industry partnerships such as the one between Aviation High School and Joby Aviation are key in ensuring our career-pathways programs are exciting, relevant to students’ interests, and valuable in preparing our young people for life after graduation. I’m grateful to everyone at Aviation High School and Joby Aviation for their dedication to our students and their futures.”

Joby recently brought four virtual-reality simulators to the Long Island City-based school, giving students the opportunity to virtually pilot Joby’s aircraft. 

Aviation High School Principal Steven R. Jackson, said: “With electrification and air taxis set to revolutionise the aviation industry, we are excited to partner with Joby to inspire and train our students to work with these cutting-edge technologies and prepare the talented young men and women of New York City for successful careers in the aviation world of tomorrow.”

The partnership comes shortly after Joby announced a multi-year agreement with Delta to deliver a home-to-airport service, beginning in New York and Los Angeles.

Bonny Simi, head of Air Operations and People, Joby added: “Aviation High School is a tremendous resource for the New York community and the aviation industry, working upstream to prepare a diverse group of students to join the next generation of pilots, maintainers, and aerospace leaders. We’re thrilled to partner with the school and give students first-hand access to innovative technologies like electric propulsion and eVTOL aircraft design.”