Students at New York Aviation High School Start Preparing for Future Electric Air Taxis

Joby is investing in the education of future experts for electric aviation 6 photos
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There’s been a lot of talk about different eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) models, vertiport infrastructure, and aviation regulations, but not enough talk about the workforce needed to maintain the future ecosystem of UAM (Urban Air Mobility). One of the most important eVTOL manufacturers is addressing this by partnering up with the prestigious Aviation High School in New York City.
Whether they’ll be able to fly themselves sooner than later, eVTOLs need experts who know how to handle them, maintain them, and keep flight operations at the optimum level. A new generation of electric aircraft also means a new generation of pilots and aviation experts needs to emerge.

This is the reason behind a new collaboration between Joby and the Aviation High School in New York City. Thanks to this, 100 students have enrolled in the online Private Pilot Ground School course offered by Joby. Another goal is to add information about electric propulsion systems and other emerging flight technologies to the school’s curriculum.

It must have been a really exciting moment for the high school students when Joby brought four virtual-reality (VR) simulators to the school. The future aviation experts got the chance to pilot the manufacturer’s electric aircraft and see what that’s like.

This is just the beginning of helping prepare the next generation of pilots, maintenance workforce, and aerospace experts. “This partnership will provide future graduates of Aviation High School with new career pathways and opportunities to maintain, repair, and service these new air taxis of the future and promote climate justice in aviation,” said Julie Won, Council Member.

The partnership’s location wasn’t randomly selected. Earlier this year, Joby announced an exciting partnership with Delta Air Lines., through which Delta customers traveling in Los Angeles and New York can benefit from a sustainable home-to-airport service, using Joby air taxis.
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Otilia believes that if it’s eco, green, or groundbreaking, people should know about it (especially if it's got wheels or wings). Working in online media for over five years, she's gained a deeper perspective on how people everywhere can inspire each other.
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