今日の英語の習慣化の題材は、Air Taxiがそろそろ実用化の目処がたち、至る所で、Test Flightなどが行われています。
Aviation Week had the opportunity to sample the flight characteristics of the Joby air taxi in a company demonstration simulator. I was guided through the remarkably simple operation of the aircraft by Justin Paines, the chief test pilot for Joby who, as a military test pilot, played a key role in developing the unified flight control strategy for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
My simulated flight began at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). With propellers stowed in up position, blades stationary and locked in the safe configuration, there was plenty of headroom for my imaginary passengers as they boarded the aircraft and settled into the four seats behind the pilot in the surprisingly roomy cabin.
Although the simulator is not the final version of the aircraft, it demonstrates the concept of operations and generic layout of the cockpit. I moved a switch from “load” to “taxi,” and the props began turning. There is no need to start the engines with an electric aircraft—I just switched the vehicle on and confirmed activation with a second switch.