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  • Congressional Hearing on “Airspace Integration of New Aircraft”

    The US House of Representatives’ Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure held a hearing of the Subcommittee on Aviation on “Airspace Integration of New Aircraft” on Sept. 6.

    Hearing Background Memo

    Witness List:

    • Shelley Yak, Director, FAA Technical Center | Written Testimony
    • Jay Merkel, Deputy Vice President, Program Management, FAA Air Traffic Organization (accompanying Shelley Yak)
    • Tom Prevot, Director of...
  • Joby build NASA's X-57 Maxwell electric cruise motors, but its eVTOL work is being closely held. (NASA/Lauren Hughes)

    Joby Expands in Monterey County

    On Aug. 21, the city council of Marina, California, gave its approval for Joby Aviation to move into two buildings at the Marina Municipal Airport where, according to the Monterey County Weekly, “ they will set about designing and building prototypes of small, electric planes that take off and land vertically, travel faster and more quietly than a helicopter and, according to Joby, do it more safely.” The company will be leasing 74,000 ft² (6,900 m²) across two buildings,...

  • Joby Lotus Featured Image

    Joby Lotus (defunct)

    Lotus
    Joby Aviation
    Santa Cruz, California, USA
    www.JobyAviation.com

    The Joby Aviation Lotus Tricopter features three propellers; two on each wing and one on the tail of the aircraft. This designates the aircraft as Vectored Thrust, as the back propeller can tilt to increase the aircraft's speed. The design is extremely unique, as the two wing rotors are able to fold into the wing.

    The aircraft was designed in partnership with NASA to be one of the first VTOL...

  • Joby S2 at sunset

    Joby S2 (defunct)

    S2
    Joby Aviation
    Santa Cruz, California, USA
    www.JobyAviation.com

    Joby Aviation in Santa Cruz, California has been working to fundamentally question how to achieve the best civil transport VTOL aircraft with the newly available electric propulsion technologies. The S2 concept takes everything learned from two years of collaborative study with NASA that resulted in the NASA GL-10, Joby Lotus, and joint NASA/Joby LEAPTech concepts.

    The Joby S2 seats two passengers...

  • Joby Aviation S4 eVTOL Tiltprop

    Joby Aviation S4 eVTOL Tiltprop

    Advanced VTOL Demonstrators Accelerate Full Tilt

    Vertiflite, March/April 2018

    Joby Aviation, Inc., which went silent in late 2016 shortly after telling Vertiflite that it would fly in early 2017 (“The Demand for On-Demand Mobility, Vertiflite, Jan./Feb. 2017), revealed on Feb. 1 that it is well...

  • Joby S4 Featured Image

    Joby S4

    S4
    Joby Aviation
    Santa Cruz, California, USA
    www.JobyAviation.com

    Joby Aviation in Santa Cruz, California aims to leverage Distributed Electric Propulsion experience it gained with the NASA Leading Edge Asynchronous Propellers Technology (LEAPTech) demonstration to fly its S4 personal VTOL aircraft. [LEAPTech ground-tested 18 electric propellers on the leading edge of a wing attached to a truck. Now, Joby is working on the design and construction of the optimized...

  • Air Mobility Bonanza Beckons Electric VTOL Developers

    Air Mobility Bonanza Beckons Electric VTOL Developers

    By Richard Whittle

    Vertiflite, Mar-Apr 2017

    In this continuation from last issue’s article, “The Demand for On-Demand Mobility,” Vertiflite reports on companies pursuing visions aligned with Uber’s Elevate White Paper.

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  • Greased Lightning

    Lift Where You Need It

    Lift Where You Need It
    Given advances in power generation, storage and control, Distributed Electric Propulsion opens new design opportunities for vertical flight

    By Frank Colucci

    Vertiflite, Nov-Dec 2016

    With rotors, ducted fans and other lift devices powered through wires, Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP) can...

  • Joby S2 top view

    The Joby S2 VTOL Concept

    The Joby S2 VTOL Concept
    Exploring the New Degrees of Design Freedom of Distributed Electric Propulsion

    By Mark Moore

    Vertiflite, Nov-Dec 2014

    Despite more than 70 years of vertical flight development, there are only three operational types of vertical take-off and landing...