Joby and CAE partner for eVTOL aircraft pilot training

CAE press release | March 9, 2022

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CAE announced that it has partnered with Joby Aviation Inc., a California-based company that develops all-electric aircraft for commercial passenger service, to develop and qualify flight simulation training devices that will be used for train future pilots of Joby’s revolutionary all-electric vehicle. plane.

The all-electric Joby aircraft in flight over the company’s electric flight base in California. Picture Joby

Leveraging the core simulation technology that Joby has been developing for 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 planes, requiring the company to train a new generation of pilots. Used to simulate the flight of an aircraft in various environments and conditions, flight simulators are an integral part of preparing pilots to fly a new type of aircraft.

“CAE has a reputation for providing excellent simulation and training solutions,” said Bonny Simi, Flight Operations and Human Resources Manager at Joby. “We look forward to a world where thousands of Joby pilots fly our planes every day and we couldn’t ask for a better partner to help make that a reality.”

Joby is currently working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to obtain its Part 135 Air Operator’s Certificate, establishing the processes and regulatory approvals needed to operate the company commercially, with service launch expected in 2024.

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

CAE recently announced Project Resilience, a C$1 billion investment in future aviation technologies. This investment reinforces CAE’s role as a leader in end-to-end technology development, operational support and training solutions for eVTOL and Advanced Air Mobility pilots.

With its quiet profile, Joby’s eVTOL aircraft is designed to make fast, emission-free and convenient air travel a daily reality in cities and communities around the world. Joby’s fly-by-wire aircraft uses a unified flight control system and uses similar controls to fixed-wing aircraft, allowing for a smooth transition for pilots.

“We believe many pilots will consider flying for Joby as a great career opportunity,” said Simi. “In addition to flying an environmentally friendly aircraft with an excellent piloting experience, we will provide pilots with a reliable schedule that will allow them to be home every night, a luxury that is not available to most. professional pilots.

This press release was prepared and distributed by CAE Inc.

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