Joby reaches halfway point of FAA systems review


Joby has completed the second of four system reviews required by the FAA as part of its aircraft type certification.

The review was an in-person, multi-day audit held last week at Joby’s facilities in Marina, California. The series of reviews are conducted to validate the overall architecture of the aircraft and ensure the OEM’s development is on track to meet agency safety objectives. The reviews take place alongside the certification process.

Didier Papadopoulos, head of Aircraft OEM at Joby, said: “Progress on certification is a key area of focus for this nascent sector, and we’re pleased to mark our continued leadership with the successful completion of our second system review. We’re confident that our aircraft design is on track to meet the FAA’s expectations regarding system-level safety, redundancy, and overall aircraft architecture.”

During September’s third quarter results call, Joby said that 84% of its means of compliance had been accepted by the FAA, with four area-specific certification plans submitted for approval. Earlier this year, it completed the first of its systems and compliance reviews and carried out a for-credit FAA conformity test.

“We’re grateful to the FAA for their dedication to safety and deep engagement on our ongoing certification programme,” added Papadopoulos.

Find out more about the eVTOL certification in Revolution.Aero’s latest newsletter The path to power(ed lift), including input from David Norton, partner, Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, the FAA, Wisk, Archer and Arc AeroSystems. 

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