Joby Aviation today announced it has signed a definitive agreement with Clay Lacy Aviation to install Southern California’s first electric air taxi charger at John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Orange County, CA.
“The installation of electrical infrastructure to support Joby’s Global Electric Aviation Charging System (GEACS) comes as part of Clay Lacy’s planned USD100 million redevelopment of its fixed-based operator (FBO) terminal at SNA, targeting completion in mid-2025” according to the press release.
“The GEACS charging interface, which is already in use at Joby’s flight test centre in Marina, California and at Edwards Air Force Base, supports the safe and efficient operation of all electric aircraft under development today, including Joby’s quiet, emissions-free air taxi.
“The Joby aircraft will be deployed on routes of up to 100 miles and can carry a pilot and four passengers at speeds of up to 200 mph, offering travellers high-speed mobility with no in-flight emissions and a noise footprint that is radically lower than today’s helicopters. The installation of a charger at John Wayne Airport will establish the site as a node in Joby’s Southern California air taxi network, which is expected to be one of the first networks to launch in the U.S.
“Clay Lacy’s all-new FBO development at John Wayne Airport is expected to be the first in the world to be Gold-certified by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI), reinforcing the company’s longstanding commitment to leadership on sustainability in aviation.”
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