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HAV are the world leaders in hybrid air vehicles – these combine lighter-than-air technology with the best of aeroplanes and helicopters to bring brand new capabilities to aircraft.  We produce less noise, less pollution, have a lower carbon footprint, longer endurance and better cargo-carrying capacity than virtually any other flying vehicle.
Philip Gwyn
President
Philip is a barrister and merchant banker by training. He is Chairman of the Board at Christie Group plc, a non-executive director of Alumasc plc and director of a number of private companies. Philip has a long history of successfully investing in quoted and unquoted companies in different sectors and countries.
Kevin Taylor
Chairman
Kevin is a graduate of Oxford University and a Chartered Engineer. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the University of Central Lancashire. In addition to chairing the HAV Board, he also chairs the UK Government Industrial Development Advisory Board. His executive career spanned over 30 years in the UK aerospace and defence industry, having been Group Strategy Director for BAE Systems Plc and previously running the military air business within BAE Systems.
Pommy Sarwal
Deputy Chairman
Pommy is a former corporate finance partner at Deloitte and acted as Secretary and Advisor to the Review Board for government contracts. He has also been a non-executive director of Infrastructure India plc, the Port of London Authority and British Waterways. He is currently a non-executive director of Chatham Historic Dockyard and Hyde Housing Association. He is Chairman of Venners and Master Ropemakers Ltd.
Rod Sinclair
Non Executive Director
Rod Sinclair had a long career in the City of London, where he developed a specialisation in Financial Information Technology, and the development and management of small companies, mainly for Barclays and Reuters. He was latterly CEO for Instinet, UK and Europe, a Reuters subsidiary, while serving as Deputy Chairman and head of Enforcement for the Securities and Futures Authority.
Stephen McGlennan
Chief Executive Officer
Steve has been Chief Executive Officer since September 2013, having been the Company’s Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel previously. Steve was senior partner and board director of international law firm Dentons. Between 1999 and 2001 he was CEO of Team Netsol Limited, a java-based software house in Manchester. Steve holds an LLB (Hons) from the University of Edinburgh and also attended the University of Pennsylvania.
Mike Durham
Technical Director
Mike has over twenty five years' experience developing lighter-than-air technologies, and has been involved with the major airship innovations that have led to Airlander. Mike has extensive experience in a wide range of cutting-edge engineering projects, ranging from the Hubble Space Telescope and SkyNet4 to the Tornado and Harrier aircraft. Mike has a degree in Aeronautical Engineering.
Hwfa Gwyn
Chief Financial Officer
Hwfa has been CFO since February 2014, having been a Non-Executive Director of the business. He qualified as an accountant with PwC in London, specialising in the audit of small and mid-cap growth businesses. He worked for KordaMentha, a top corporate recovery firm in Australia. He has a BA (Hons) in Economics and Politics from Bristol University, is a Chartered Accountant and is IPAA (Insolvency Practitioners Association of Australia) qualified.
DH (Sam) Macleod
Director
A former Naval and Air Force officer, Sam has many years of experience in the international aerospace market. With a background in high technology programmes and risk management, Sam has over 30 years of experience in aerospace from operations, through programme management to general and strategic business roles. Most recently Sam was Managing Director of United Technologies Aerospace Systems in Malvern, UK. Sam is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.
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HAV Awarded Design Organisation Approval
Hybrid Air Vehicles achieves significant milestone with the award of a Design Organisation Approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has awarded Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd a Design Organisation Approval. This is an important milestone on our path to getting the production Airlander 10 in service with customers. It is also a major achievement: just eight other organisations hold an EASA Design Organisation Approval (DOA) for type certifying large aircraft. Being granted a DOA gives HAV the ability to undertake a full flight test programme towards the type certification of Airlander 10. While HAV has previously operated the prototype Airlander under both CAA and EASA permission, the DOA is a critical step towards type certification. Throughout the process, HAV and EASA built a good working relationship. "As an organisation, we have worked hard to make sure that we were thoroughly prepared for every step of the DOA process. As a result, we have succeeded in securing our DOA," comments Safety & Airworthiness Engineer Nikky Pittkin, who was a key part of driving the programme forward within HAV. "Now we are working with EASA specialists to establish the certification basis for our aircraft so that we can work towards type certification of Airlander 10." "Achieving our DOA was always an important milestone in our Airlander 10 production plan," adds Executive Director Nick Allman. "Working directly with EASA, we have made excellent progress on developing the appropriate regulations for an aircraft like Airlander. Having our DOA will support our preparation for a type certification programme as we move ahead with the production aircraft." HAV expects the type certified production Airlander 10 aircraft to be in service with customers from the early 2020s, with the order book currently open to both organisations and individual purchasers. About Hybrid Air Vehicles Limited Founded in 2007, Hybrid Air Vehicles is the company behind the innovative Airlander hybrid aircraft. Airlander can take off and land from virtually any flat surface and offers a powerful combination of flexibility, persistence, payload capacity, and efficiency. Suitable for roles from surveillance and border patrol to search & rescue and expeditionary tourism, Airlander is an aircraft that encourages customers to Rethink the Skies and consider new approaches to solving some of the toughest challenges facing aerospace today. Please visit www.hybridairvehicles.com for more information. For media enquiries, please email media@hybridairvehicles.net.

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