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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

  • 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 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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