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Hybrid Air Vehicles
Hangar 1
Cardington Airfield
Shortstown
Bedford
MK42 0TG

T +44 (0)1234 336400

info@hybridairvehicles.net 
For general enquiries.

E airlanderclub@hybridairvehicles.net 
For queries regarding our supporters' club.

stem@hybridairvehicles.net
For enquiries regarding our educational outreach programme.

investorrelations@hybridairvehicles.net 
For investment enquiries.

E media@hybridairvehicles.net
For press and media related enquiries.
 
Visits & Presentations: Hybrid Air Vehicles receive requests for a huge number of requests for both visits and to give presentations.  Although we would like to say yes to every proposal, we simply don’t have the resources to manage this.  Our primary aim needs to be to create a successful business for the company and at present this means a focus from the entire team on flight testing the Airlander. 
 
We do occasionally grant requests to visit, but typically this is limited to local schools and local community groups with a link to our company.  We also do speak at external events (on average once per week) and again based on criteria that an employee can easily get to the location without incurring cost and it is an organisation that has a connection with us, such as a branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society, of which we are Corporate Partners. 
 
Flights: We do not announce flight dates or paths ahead of schedule to minimise disruption to the local population. Please follow our social media pages for realtime announcments and updates when flights take place.

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Plans for the Growing Airlander Business
Anyone living close to Cardington cannot help but notice the huge changes that have happened since HAV moved in nearly 4 years ago. We now have over 100 people on the site most days, and share our hangar with a very busy Warner Bros film studio and storage site. Next door in Hangar 2 the film industry is also making great progress, so busy days at Cardington now see over 1000 people arrive for a day’s work. With new roads and new housing coming, the pace of change will not slow down any time soon. At HAV, our focus now is on building from the great success of the initial Airlander 10 testing, and preparing to produce Airlander aircraft and deliver them all over the globe. So this is a natural time for us to make sure that we are set up for the future with the right site and the right facilities and we have been reviewing our needs to ensure that we can do just that. As a result we have concluded that we now need to begin a process of moving HAV to a new site, away from Cardington. We have worked with everyone on and around the site to make every effort to find a way to stay here, but after that extensive exercise we believe that moving is the right and pragmatic decision for us. We are proud of what we have achieved in the last 4 years and we couldn’t have done it without Cardington. We are constantly amazed by the support and affection of the vast majority of people and businesses in our area, and we are pleased to bring jobs and, we hope, other benefits including our STEM work and other activities to Bedford. We also benefit from the great transport links of this area and its proximity to London. So we’re very pleased to say that we don’t plan to move far. We will make further announcements in the coming weeks, and these will start with a new location for our Engineers and our other office-based teams to work from locally as from the beginning of December. You will also hear in the coming weeks that we will start to use other airfields a little further away to undertake testing and other operations of Airlander. We have been preparing for this transition for a long time – including right from the start by designing Airlander to be maintained and supported outside without need for a hangar after it is built. We’ve been busy this year proving all of our maintenance techniques work without coming back in to the hangar and have made very good progress with that. With extended flight testing and customer demonstrations about to start, some of which need more take-off and landing distance than Cardington allows, this is the right time for Airlander to start visiting some new locations. Finally, we hope to announce at a later date where our planned production location for Airlander will be sited. This location will be the focal point of new employment both in HAV and our supply chain providing nearly 2000 additional jobs in the UK, delivering parts and sub-assemblies for building, testing and delivering 12 or more aircraft per year. We plan to do this from “right-size” hangars, purpose designed for Airlander 10. We are now working to finalise the design for these and will reveal more in future issues. For now, though, we can reveal that our approach to this has been as innovative as you would expect, and we have turned to the event structures industry to develop a road-transportable hangar that can be erected very rapidly in a new location. This gives us - and our customers - the flexibility to respond quickly to demand for hangars here, or in the future operating locations for the aircraft. All this makes it a very exciting time for HAV and the Airlander project. This is, of course, tinged with real sadness to be starting to move away from Cardington and gratitude to everyone in and around us for their support and help over the years here. We hope that Cardington can remain a testing and mooring site for Airlander – as we believe it should - long into the future. With 100 years of heritage behind it, and Airlander just beginning its journey into the world, who knows what new chapters of our industry will be written at Cardington in the future?

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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.
RT @CorpsSTEM: I bet was hugely interesting! An amazing aircraft and design. I wonder what the future holds for this form of travel... agai…
RT @1066HitchinSqn: Tonight the Squadron welcomed Robin Evans to talk to us about #Airlander and introduce us to @AirVehicles #whatwedo @Co…
RT @BBC3CR: Airlander 10 to fly 'higher, faster and further' from Cardington base https://t.co/roF55WVDPi