Airlander 10 is underpinned by the company’s numerous patents vested worldwide. From the latest materials technology, to the aerodynamic effects of its shape, it is full of innovation. There is no internal structure in the Airlander – it maintains its shape due to the pressure stabilisation of the helium inside the hull, and the smart and strong Vectran material it is made of. Carbon composites are used throughout the aircraft for strength and weight savings.
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Airlander 10 is described as a ‘hybrid aircraft’ – what does that mean?
A hybrid aircraft derives its lift from a combination of aerodynamic lift (like an aeroplane), lifting gases (like an airship) and vectored thrust (similar to a helicopter). Airlander generates up to 40% of its lift from aerodynamics by the passage of air over the hull and the remainder from buoyant lift from the lifting gas. At lower speed and closer to the ground, vectoring engine power is used to provide additional lift and manoeuvrability for take-off, landing and ground handling.
What is the point of a hybrid aircraft?
The idea is to have the best of all worlds. The lifting gas reduces the net weight of the aircraft meaning that less energy is required to keep it aloft. Like an airship, this means that it can carry a lot of payload, burn very little fuel and fly for a long time.

The use of aerodynamic lift means that Airlander can generate more or less lift as required. This means that, unlike an airship, it is normally heavier-than-air. It can therefore stay in place on the ground while it is loaded, unloaded, fuelled and maintained, meaning that it requires little or no expensive, fixed infrastructure.

In this way, Airlander combines the efficiency, capability and environmental friendliness of an airship with the practicality of a normal aircraft.  Airlander minimises the need for expensive ground infrastructure to operate the aircraft in remote places, while enabling safe, quiet, efficient and capable flight. Its low cost, low environmental impact and unique flight capabilities enable us to Rethink the Skies.
Why is Airlander kinder to the environment than conventional aircraft?
Airlander typically burns about 1/3 to 1/4 of the fuel of conventional aircraft when undertaking similar roles. This is because the lifting gas it contains reduces the net weight of the aircraft and therefore the amount of energy needed to keep it aloft. In addition we are moving forward on a project to convert the Airlander to electric propulsion further reducing its already low carbon footprint.
As a passenger in Airlander, what would I notice, compared to other aircraft?
Firstly, we have a lot of space at our disposal. The size and shape of the cabin gives huge flexibility in passenger accommodation. Anything from a high density 90 seat layout to an apartment in the sky for a couple is possible. 

Secondly, Airlander does not fly at a high altitude. This means that the cabin does not have to be pressurised. You would notice the very large windows providing horizon-to-horizon views for viewing – and you would be surprised to find you can open them and let the fresh air in in flight.

Airlander will cruise at 50 knots (55mph), a similar speed to a car on an open road, and can operate as slowly as 25 knots or accelerate to more than 70 knots. The aircraft doesn’t bank steeply when turning and it flies smoothly through the air. This creates a platform from which more relaxed viewing of the scenery is possible than on a conventional aircraft.

Finally, the Airlander cabin is a quiet place. Airlander’s engines are far from the cabin and their noise and vibration is largely insulated from it. At low cruise speeds, some of the engines may be turned off. Airlander will bring the sights and sounds of the world outside into the cabin. We are working on a project to transform Airlander into a truly green aircraft via the adoption of electric propulsion which will further reduce the noise in flight.
Does Airlander use airports and runways?
It does not need to. Although large, Airlander needs only an open space to take off and land and can ‘land away’ in remote locations as part of a fascinating trip. This flexibility in operations is another advantage of Airlander’s hybrid design. When not moving forward, its weight allows it to sit on the ground.
This is something new. How do I know it is safe?
Airlander is designed and manufactured to the same standards of safety as every other aircraft. Airlander will have an EASA type certificate, and Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd, its manufacturer, is approved by EASA to design and build aircraft. Equally, in operation, its operators will be subject to the same regulations as apply to other aircraft.

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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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