Atlantic Aviation, a North American provider of aviation services and FBO infrastructure, is collaborating with Joby Aviation to electrify existing aviation infrastructure in New York and southern California, paving the way for the launch of Joby's air taxi service, and with Archer Aviation on establishing sites for electric aircraft operations in the LA and New York City metropolitan areas, along with northern California and south Florida.
The collaboration between Atlantic and Joby will focus on the installation of Joby's Global Electric Aviation Charging System (GEACS) at key Atlantic FBO sites. The two companies will undertake a comprehensive analysis of how Joby's air taxi can operate at these locations alongside traditional aircraft and other electric aircraft.
John Redcay, chief commercial and sustainability officer at Atlantic, says: "Our collaboration with Joby is a key step in Atlantic's push to bring existing aviation infrastructure into the future and solidify Atlantic's leading role in supporting the growth of electric aviation. We will be a technology-agnostic supporter of advanced air mobility and our work with Joby is a key part of that journey."
"Infrastructure is a critical piece of the puzzle, and Atlantic's presence in these two key US markets will help ensure we're well positioned to deliver a meaningful service for our customers," says Joby founder and CEO JoeBen Bevirt. "We're excited to be working together to lay the foundation for the next generation of clean and quiet flight."
Atlantic also plans to electrify several of its existing aviation assets to support future electric aircraft operations with Archer's Midnight air taxi at its locations across four key launch markets. They plan to install Beta Technologies' interoperable rapid recharging systems; Beta chargers utilise the combined charging system that was recently endorsed by GAMA and is already being utilised by several top OEMs.
The service should launch across these initial locations in 2025 and subsequently expand to other Atlantic locations as availability of Archer's aircraft scales up.
"We are excited to work with Atlantic to help electrify its vast portfolio of high-value aviation assets in America's most congested cities including the New York, Los Angeles, Miami and San Francisco markets," says Archer CCO Nikhil Goel. "These initial eVTOL vertiport locations will provide a launching pad for future expansion across Atlantic's portfolio and ensure that our Midnight aircraft has safe, centrally located landing facilities for our future passengers."
Redcay adds: "We are impressed with Archer's technology and its suite of world-class partners that includes United Airlines. We are excited to work together to electrify our aviation assets to enable quiet and sustainable urban air travel in cities across the US."
Atlantic is focused on creating technology-agnostic critical infrastructure for aviation in order to support all aircraft types that arrive at its facilities.
GEACS, the Joby-developed charging system for electric aircraft, is designed to support the safe and efficient operation of electric aircraft under development today, reducing downtime between flights and maximising the life of aircraft batteries. Joby recently released the technical specifications of GEACS, which is currently installed at Edwards Air Force Base and Joby's flight testing facility in Marina, California, and is working with numerous electric aircraft developers to ensure interoperability.
"Through more than 30,000 miles of all-electric vertical flight with full-scale prototype aircraft, our team has fine-tuned a ground support system that allows for the simultaneous recharging of multiple battery packs, external coolant exchange and secure data offload after flight, making it suitable for all electric aircraft," says Bevirt.