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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 PRODUCTION ORGANISATION APPROVAL
Hybrid Air Vehicles has been awarded Production Organisation Approval from the Civil Aviation Authority. As 2018 came to a close, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) awarded Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd a Production Organisation Approval. Following the successful award of our Design Organisation Approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in October 2018, this latest achievement sees HAV starting 2019 in a strong position to launch production. A Production Organisation Approval (POA) considers the manufacture and assembly aspects of aircraft production. This includes supply chain management, processes relating to manufacture and assembly, and the production facility itself. Both the Design Organisation Approval (DOA), which covers design activities and flight test, and the POA, covering manufacture and assembly, are required to move forward into a type certification programme with the production Airlander 10. Being awarded the POA in 2018 is a remarkable achievement. It typically takes over a year to prepare a facility for a POA audit. HAV only moved into our production facility, the Airlander Technology Centre, in June and were able to be audit-ready in under six months. This success is down to the effort of the Production team, led by Ivor Pope. In addition to preparing the facility, the team at Technology House has been working to establish rigorous supply chain and quality assurance processes. "The POA approval is a significant milestone for HAV. It is the culmination of months of hard work and focused effort," comments David Lindley, HAV’s Head of Aviation Safety & Quality Assurance. "It demonstrates that the safety, quality assurance, and supply chain management processes are in place, along with the production facility." "Successfully being awarded our POA in the same year as our DOA is fantastic," adds Executive Director Nick Allman. "The POA is the regulator’s stamp of approval for us to move ahead with the productionisation of Airlander 10 on the path to type certification. This puts us in a great position going into 2019."  

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How Collaborative Expertise Launched the Airlander Project
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