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Joby aviation collaborates with CAE “for eVTOL aircraft pilot training”

By Chris Stonor

Joby is to partner with CAE, a leader in aviation training, to develop and qualify flight simulation training devices that will be employed “to train future pilots of Joby’s revolutionary all-electric aircraft,” reports a press release.

Using the simulation technology Joby has developed over the past five years, CAE will work with the eVTOL company to create pilot training solutions specifically for its S4 aircraft. As Joby intends to both manufacture and operate its own aircraft, the company needs to train a new generation of pilots, where simulators are a vital training first step.

Bonny Simi

Bonny Simi, Head of Air Operations and People for Joby, commented, “CAE has an excellent reputation for delivering excellent simulation and training solutions. We look forward to a world where thousands of Joby pilots are flying our aircraft every day.”

A former airline pilot, Simi recently “gushed” on an IEEE Spectrum podcast, just how easy the S4 is to fly. She enthused, “It takes off like a helicopter, flies like a plane and it’s super comfortable and piloted.” Simi has spent “plenty of time” in Joby’s present simulator. She continues, “It’s a joy to fly, you can fly fast, you can fly slow, it is very simple to fly. Basically, point the aircraft where you want it to go and go.”

Joby is currently working with the FAA to secure its Part 135 Air Carrier Certificate, establishing the processes and regulatory approvals necessary for the company to operate commercially, with an expected service launch in 2024.

The flight deck of Joby’s fixed-based eVTOL aircraft flight simulator

Nick Leontidis, CAE’s Group President of Civil Aviation Training Solutions, remarked, “With more than 75 years of experience in the design, development and manufacture of flight simulators, CAE brings extensive expertise with new aircraft types to support the qualification of Joby’s eVTOL fixed base flight training device and full flight simulator with the FAA.” Joby’s fly-by-wire aircraft employs a unified flight control system and uses controls that are similar to fixed-wing aircraft, resulting in a smooth transition for pilots.

Simi continued, “We believe many pilots will consider flying for Joby to be a great career opportunity. We’ll offer them a reliable schedule that allows the person to be home every evening, a luxury not available to most professional pilots.”


CAE recently announced Project Resilience, a USD1 billion investment in computer-aided design (CAD) for aviation technologies of the future. The company proudly states, “We continue to reimagine the customer experience and revolutionise training and operational support solutions in civil aviation, defence and security, and healthcare.”

Nick Leontidis

CAE has more than 11,000 employees, 160 sites, and training locations in over 35 countries.

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(Top pic: JoeBen Bevirt, Joby founder, and Marc Parent, President and CEO of CAE, at Joby’s facility in Marina, CA)