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Paris 2023: GKN Aerospace and Joby Aviation enter contract for thermoplastic flight control surfaces

Joby Aviation, which is developing all-electric aircraft for commercial passenger service, and GKN Aerospace have today agreed a multi-year agreement for the supply of thermoplastic flight control surfaces for Joby aircraft. This collaboration, signed at the Paris Air Show, the company says marks an important step towards Joby’s goal of using its aircraft to deliver a fast, quiet, and convenient air taxi service in cities around the world.

GKN Aerospace reports it has been working closely with Joby on the application of an innovative thermoplastic concept specifically tailored to the Joby eVTOL aircraft. The flight control surfaces it says will be comprised of a lightweight thermoplastic structure assembly, manufactured using an advanced out-of-autoclave production method that will enable high-rate production while delivering on the high-performance requirements of Joby’s aircraft.

The company says the development and initial production work will be carried out at the Global Technology Centre in Hoogeveen, Netherlands, before transitioning to GKN Aerospace’s facility in Chihuahua, Mexico. The final products will be delivered directly to Joby’s pilot production line in Marina, California.

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