Joby Aviation has selected the Garmin G3000 integrated flight deck—which first debuted in 2009—for its eVTOL aircraft, bringing proven avionics into the program to develop commercial operations—which it expects to launch by 2024. The G3000 avionics suite was selected in part for its lightweight, adaptable architecture and high-resolution displays. Garmin anticipates future development in the urban air mobility space, and the Joby platform will allow the company to proceed with further work in creating communications, navigation, and flight sensor solutions as UAM progresses into more advanced phases.
The piloted Joby eVTOL aircraft is powered by six electric motors—aiming for zero emissions—at a cruise speed of up to 200 mph. The company projects that it will carry the pilot plus up to four passengers to a 150-nm range on a single charge. Joby has been at work on the development of vertical-takeoff-and-landing aircraft for more than a decade. “Garmin has a remarkable track record of developing innovative and reliable products,” said Joby Aviation founder and CEO JoeBen Bevirt. “They are market leaders in this space and we’re proud to have their advanced technology onboard.”
“We are excited and proud of this strategic relationship with Joby Aviation to provide the advanced G3000 integrated flight deck for their revolutionary eVTOL aircraft,” said Phil Straub, Garmin’s executive vice president and managing director, aviation. “To be selected and trusted by Joby, an industry leader in this new market, is truly an honor. Garmin looks forward to continuing our extensive history of proven success in introducing innovative avionics technologies aligned with our vision for urban air mobility and the broader aviation industry. We are confident the G3000 will ultimately help Joby provide advanced, efficient, and scalable air taxi services for years to come.”