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Nikos Chatzis

“…Archer Aviation and Joby Aviation executives reiterated ambitious schedules for bringing their eVTOL aircraft to market, but also acknowledged challenges to achieving plans to enter air taxi service in 2025.

The California advanced air mobility developers have among the fastest timelines to certify eVTOLs, and both received proposed airworthiness criteria from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in late 2022, a key milestone toward certification.

Speaking this week at the Vertical Flight Society’s (VFS) eVTOL Symposium in Mesa, Arizona, Archer CEO Adam Goldstein and Joby head of product Eric Allison said their companies are on track for FAA type certification in 2024 and entry into service in 2025.

“That sounds very aggressive,” Goldstein conceded. “It definitely is aggressive. But from a technology roadmap perspective, Archer will be ready. We’re progressing very well with the FAA.”

Archer’s Midnight eVTOL is designed as a four-passenger, piloted aircraft with a range of up to 100 miles (160 kilometers) and maximum speeds of up to 150 miles per hour (240 kilometers per hour)…”