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The Federal Aviation Administration has provided crucial insight into how it plans to certify electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft with the long-awaited release of proposed airworthiness criteria for Joby Aviation’s five-seat eVTOL, officially called the JAS4-1.

The criteria, which spell out the requirements the aircraft must meet in order to obtain type certification, went online Monday in advance of their publication as a proposed rule in the Federal Register on November 8. They contain new and modified definitions and requirements that apply specifically to Joby’s fully electric, tilt-propeller aircraft, which is distinct from an airplane or helicopter but combines characteristics of both.

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As Senior Editor, Elan spearheads The Air Current’s coverage of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, along with a focus on emerging sustainable technologies. A commercially-rated helicopter pilot and FAA Gold Seal flight instructor, Head brings a unique vantage point to explore this critical new sector.

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