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Joby appoints former JSOC Commander Lt. Gen. Scott Howell to Advisory Board

Joby Aviation, a company developing all-electric aircraft for commercial passenger service, today announced the appointment of Lt. Gen. (ret) Scott Howell, former Commander of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), to the Company’s Advisory Board.

“The U.S. government and in particular the Department of Defence have been important partners to Joby for more than five years, supporting the development and testing of our technology through access to DoD expertise, feedback and facilities,” said JoeBen Bevirt, Founder and CEO of Joby.

As JSOC Commander, the Company reports Lt. Gen. Howell was “responsible for the readiness and mission execution of highly specialised forces across the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marines. Howell previously served as Vice Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), focused on organising, training, and equipping more than 70,000 Special Operations personnel, as well as the organisation’s acquisitions and budgeting. Lt. Gen. Howell served in special operations for more than two decades and deployed extensively.”

In August 2022, Joby announced it had expanded its existing research and development contract with the U.S. Air Force to include new testing to evaluate Joby’s advanced technologies, bringing the contract’s total potential value to USD75 million and widening the Company’s defence partnerships to incorporate the U.S. Marine Corps.

Joby says Howell, a career special operations helicopter pilot with more than 2,600 hours of flight experience, joins the Company’s Advisory Board, sitting alongside Paul Rinaldi, former President of the National Air Traffic Controllers’ Association (NATCA), and Dan Elwell, former Acting Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration.

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