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Senior Board Advisors

Our Board Advisors are senior representatives of the company.  They help with business development and ensure we are up to date with senior Government, Military and Commercial developments and contacts.
Dr. Christopher M Lehman
Senior Board Advisor
Dr. Lehman is the Chairman of Commonwealth Consulting Corporation, a Washington-based government affairs and international consulting firm that he founded in 1987. Prior to 1987, Dr. Lehman served for ten years at senior levels in both the Executive and Legislative branches of the U.S. Government in the national security field. From 1976 to 1981, Dr. Lehman served as an Associate staff member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. He received a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from St. Joseph's College in Philadelphia and holds two Masters degrees (in International Security Affairs and in Law and Diplomacy) and earned his Ph.D. in International Security Affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Willie Pennefather
Senior Board Advisor
Willie Pennefather is a Senior Board Advisor to Hybrid Air Vehicles having retired as Government Affairs and Military Marketing Director in October 2013. He served 34 years in the Royal Navy, with seagoing, Middle East (Oman) and MODUK experience; and latterly with deep expertise in the Direction of expeditionary maritime logistic operations. He is a graduate of the Joint Services Defence College. For the last decade, he has been corporately involved and has marketed for the LTA business (Advanced Technologies Group and SkyCat Group), and from 2007 to 2013 was an executive Board Member of, and investor in Hybrid Air Vehicles.
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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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How Collaborative Expertise Launched the Airlander Project
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