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Joby forms partnership with CAE and eVTOL for training program

Joby intends to both manufacture and operate its aircraft, requiring the company to train a new generation of pilots.

March 9, 2022   by CM Staff

The all-electric Joby aircraft in flight above the company’s Electric Flight Base in California
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SANTA CRUZ and MONTREAL — CAE announced on Mar. 9 that it has partnered with Joby Aviation Inc., a California-based company developing all-electric aircraft for commercial passenger service, to develop and qualify flight simulation training devices that will be used to train the future pilots of Joby’s all-electric aircraft.

Leveraging the core simulation technology Joby has been developing for the past five years, CAE will work with Joby to develop pilot training devices specifically for the company’s electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft.

Joby intends to both manufacture and operate its aircraft, requiring the company to train a new generation of pilots. Used to simulate aircraft flight in various environments and conditions, flight simulators are an integral part of readying pilots to fly a new type of aircraft.

“CAE has a sterling reputation for delivering excellent simulation and training solutions,” said Bonny Simi, Head of Air Operations and People for Joby. “We look forward to a world where thousands of Joby pilots are flying our aircraft every day and we couldn’t ask for a better partner to help make that a reality.”

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Joby is currently working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to secure its Part 135 Air Carrier Certificate, establishing the processes and regulatory approvals necessary for the company to operate commercially, with an expected service launch in 2024.

“We are thrilled to partner with Joby to help bring their pioneering vision to life,” said Nick Leontidis, CAE’s Group President, Civil Aviation Training Solutions. “With more than 75 years of experience in the design, development and manufacture of flight simulators, CAE brings extensive expertise with new aircraft types to support the qualification of Joby’s eVTOL fixed base flight training device and full-flight simulator with the FAA.”

CAE recently announced Project Resilience, a CAD$1 billion investment into aviation technologies of the future. The investment accelerates CAE’s role as a leader in end-to-end technology development, operational support and training solution for eVTOL pilots and Advanced Air Mobility.