Joby Aviation has announced its acquisition of Avionyx, an established aerospace software engineering firm, to support its aircraft type certification program with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Based in San Jose, Costa Rica, Avionyx has been a respected provider of software development and verification solutions to the aerospace community for over 30 years.

Software verification is a critical element of commercial aerospace certification, requiring engineers to review, analyze, and test the software deployed across the aircraft according to FAA regulations and standards.

Avionyx has extensive experience performing software verification services to both FAA and European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) standards.

Joby first awarded Avionyx a contract in 2021 to assist with software testing and verification for the company’s eVTOL aircraft, which has numerous systems onboard that require extensive review, analysis, and testing pursuant to FAA regulations for flight software.

Joby development assurance lead Tom Ferrell said: “Acquiring Avionyx puts us in excellent position to meet the regulatory requirements necessary for us to bring the Joby aircraft to market.

“Having worked alongside Avionyx for the last year, I’m continuously impressed by the wealth of experience they bring to our software verification activities.”

Using its Vehicle Software Integration Lab (VSIL) at Joby’s facility in Marina, CA, the Company will leverage flight simulation and hardware emulation capabilities to rapidly conduct thousands of pre-programmed tests necessary to validate and verify the performance of various aircraft software systems.

A similar facility will be set up in San Jose, Costa Rica, to accelerate software verification efforts.

Avionyx CEO Larry Allgood added: “Joby’s aircraft is one of the most transformative projects that I have seen during my career, and our team is excited to play a part in making it a reality.”

Joby is targeting the launch of its aerial ridesharing service in 2024 with its piloted five-seat eVTOL aircraft that can carry four passengers at speeds of up to 200 mph, with a maximum range of 150 miles on a single charge.

In March, Joby Aviation submitted its first area-specific certification plan to the FAA, the first of several that it will be required to submit, which includes laying out the combination of design reports, analysis and testing that it will employ to demonstrate compliance with rigorous FAA safety standards for one functional area of the aircraft.

In February, Joby Aviation began FAA conformity testing with its first series of conformity tests, observed and documented by an on-site FAA Designated Engineering Representative (DER), which was completed at Toray Advanced Composites USA’s facility in Morgan Hill, California.