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Hybrid Air Vehicles exists to design and manufacture the world’s most innovative, practical and commercially useful hybrid aircraft – the Airlander.

Hybrid Air Vehicles is the continuation of 40 years of innovation and investment in lighter-than-air design, and can boast of numerous “firsts” in its history.

More recently, the team at Hybrid Air Vehicles has re-examined the basic principles behind lighter-than-air science and applied modern technology and materials to create new capabilities and efficiencies.

Hybrid Air Vehicles has created a new mode of air transport that offers major improvements in safety, operating costs, environmental impact and operational flexibility.

The result is the Airlander – the world’s largest aircraft and a revolution in aviation capability.
  • Formed in 2007
  • Privately held British owned company
  • World leaders in LTA and hybrid technology

History
  • Number of scale demonstrators
  • Won $500 million US Army LEMV contract in 2010
  • First flight – 7 Aug 2012
  • Bought Airlander back to the UK December 2013
  • UK Government Technology Strategy Board Grant of £2.5m awarded May 2014
  • UK Government Regional Growth Fund of £3.4m awarded in February 2015
  • EU Horizon 2020 Grant of €2.5 million awarded in April 2015
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 672032.

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HAV Makes Key Appointments
Today, Hybrid Air Vehicles announces key appointments to prepare the business for growth and the launch of our Airlander 10 production programme. With customer interest increasing, these appointments are an important step in getting HAV ready for the future.   As a part of HAV’s preparations for rapid growth, our Board has appointed Tom Grundy as Chief Executive Officer, effective 30th May. Tom has been with the business for six years and has been instrumental in driving progress forward with customers and other stakeholders across a variety of markets.   Tom brings with him significant experience in the aerospace and defence industry which has proved very valuable to HAV, and will continue to be so in his new role. A Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, his prior experience covers a range of senior engineering and programme leadership roles at BAE Systems, including serving as the Head of Business Management for ATTAC, the Tornado availability support service.   Tom comments: “I am honoured and excited to be given the opportunity to lead HAV through its transition to a successful commercial business. This business is poised to deliver an aircraft that offers new choices to customers in a low-carbon, capable, flexible, and cost-effective way. I look forward to working with the whole team to make our goals a reality.”   Stephen McGlennan, who has served as HAV’s CEO for six years, will step into a new role as Senior Board Advisor and General Counsel. We are delighted that in this new role Steve will continue to provide the company with the benefits of his deep experience and his long understanding of HAV’s business. HAV thanks Steve for his enormous contribution to the business in his time as CEO, and as COO and General Counsel before that.   We have also named a new Chief Operating Officer, Nick Allman. Nick has held several roles at HAV, most recently that of Executive Director – Aircraft Delivery. He has brought the team from successfully securing the LEMV programme, through first flight, to being ready for production launch, and will now move forward with greater responsibility for the management of operations across the business.   We can also confirm that, as the time commitment demanded by the rapid developments at HAV has proved more onerous than anticipated given his other activities, Kevin Taylor and HAV have, by mutual consent, agreed that Kevin will step down as the Chairman and a Director of the company. Rod Sinclair, a long-standing Director, has taken on the Chairmanship of the Company. He comments: “I am delighted to be working with Tom, the Board and the leadership team of the business as we prepare HAV for launch of its production aircraft programme.”   Full biographies of Tom Grundy, Nick Allman, Stephen McGlennan, and Rod Sinclair are available upon request.

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How Collaborative Expertise Launched the Airlander Project
A video from The Institution of Engineering and Technology explaining how Hybrid Air Vehicles has been working with Forward Composites to apply decades of race-bred British carbon composite expertise in the development and manufacture of the revolutionary Airlander.
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