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Joby to benefit from USD13.5 million FAA grant to train AAM pilots and engineers

Joby has announced that it is to share USD500,000 of a USD13.5 million grant package from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to help attract and train students for careers as pilots and aviation maintenance technicians.

According to the FAA website “Twelve of the schools will receive USD4.5 million from the FAA’s Aircraft Pilots Aviation Workforce Development Grants program. The schools can use the funding to create and deliver curriculums designed to prepare high school students to become pilots, aerospace engineers or drone operators. Grants may also be used to support the professional development of teachers.

“The other USD9 million will go to 20 schools as part of the FAA’s Aviation Maintenance Technical Workers Workforce Development program. These grants will help build back the pipeline of maintenance professionals; approximately 20,000 fewer people are working in the aircraft maintenance sector than before the pandemic.

“Recipients can use the funding to establish new educational programs; provide scholarships or apprenticeships; conduct outreach about careers in the aviation maintenance industry; and support educational opportunities related to aviation maintenance in economically disadvantaged areas.”

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