Airlander Assembly Complete - On Time and On Budget

  • Multi-use Cabin for trials and demonstrations revealed
  • Airlander 10 has ground-breaking use as an ultra-endurance comms and monitoring platform, for cargo without need for airports or other infrastructure and for tourism and leisure passenger flights – this Cabin will permit trials and demonstrations of all these roles
  • To satisfy demand for investing in the company, we announce the launch of a £500,000 equity crowdfunding round on Crowdcube – launched to shareholders today and to other Crowdcube participants on Tuesday 29 March
  • We announce the first of many sponsors of the Airlander, the world’s largest aircraft
Hybrid Air Vehicles is delighted to announce the completion of final assembly of the Airlander. Having formally kicked off the Return to Flight programme on 5 May 2015, we are pleased to announce that assembly of the Airlander is now complete, on time and on budget. We also reveal today the multi-use Cabin, which will permit demonstrations of the wide range of roles the Airlander can undertake, including surveillance, monitoring, communications, cargo and aid delivery, and passenger roles.

The Airlander now enters into a ground testing phase before roll-out of the Hangar and First Flight. "I’m extremely excited and looking forward to taking Airlander on what I’m sure will be a very successful First Flight," says Chief Test Pilot, David Burns. Hybrid Air Vehicles isn’t announcing a date for First Flight at this stage, and we will fly when the all ground testing is complete and Airlander is ready to fly. The First Flight will be from and to Cardington Air Field, near Bedford. The remainder of 2016 will see an extensive Flight Test Programme consisting of 200 hours of test flights over a number of months, then a series of trials and demonstrations with prospective customers.

We are proud to be a British company with 80% of our supply chain based in the UK. We are recognising that today with the launch of our involvement in the UK Government’s GREAT Britain Campaign. This is a global campaign to promote British excellence around the world and will help us to promote the Airlander to a truly global audience. "We are delighted to be part of the GREAT Britain Campaign. 80% of Airlander's supply chain is British. We are proud to be part of a number of British Companies highlighted by this campaign," says Hybrid Air Vehicles’ CEO Stephen McGlennan.

It’s also recognised by the suppliers who have gone the extra mile in supporting us and adding their logos to the Hull. Specifically, our Composite Partner Forward Composites has worked extensively with us on many aspects of the Aircraft and whose work is so evident today with the first public viewing of the Cabin. The technology they are developing in light weight, super strong composite materials is helping us to change the future of aircraft production. Other initial sponsors are AV Optics, BOC, Finmeccanica, Scotland Electronics and Vector Informatik GmbH.

On 5 May 2015, Hybrid Air Vehicles concluded a record-breaking £2.1million crowdfunding which together with a UK Government grant and an EU Horizon 2020 grant for highly innovative SMEs permitted us to achieve the following over the last 10 months: •Hiring almost 100 employees. HAV now have a workforce of 120 developing this exciting technology.
  • Securing many supply chain deals, spending over £6 million with suppliers, securing additional UK jobs and growth.
  • Assembling and documenting the build of the Airlander, in conjunction with the European Aviation regulators, EASA.
Subject to limited availability, Hybrid Air Vehicles will offer an opportunity immediately after Easter for a crowdfunding investment via the UK’s leading equity crowdfunding platform, Crowdcube.

Hybrid Air Vehicles’ existing shareholders include PLC Chairmen, Business Angels and Professional Investors. The company currently has around 1000 shareholders who collectively have invested over £17.5 million of equity and debt in the company since its formation in 2007. HAV has benefited from over £60 million of investment in the aircraft from the US Government and approximately £7 million of EU and UK Government grants.

Hybrid Air Vehicles has been awarded €2.5 million in funding from the EU's research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020. The Airlander project was selected for funding through a dedicated SME Instrument of Horizon 2020, which the European Commission uses to invest in and support high growth and highly innovative small businesses. The technology is also fully in line with activities under the Smart, Green and Integrated Transport Societal Challenge of Horizon 2020, which aims to boost the competitiveness of the European transport industries and achieve a European transport system that is resource-efficient, climate-and-environmentally-friendly, safe and seamless for the benefit of all citizens, the economy and society.

Airlanders are low noise, low pollution, and are environmentally-friendly. They have ultra-long endurance, and a point-to-point cargo-carrying capacity. They can take off and land in a short distance from unprepared sites in desert, ice, water, or open field environments.

Visit our home page to watch our BRAND NEW 3D video revealing how Airlanders utilise new aerospace technology that combines the best characteristics of fixed wing aircraft and helicopters with lighter-than-air technology, to create a new breed of hyper-efficient aircraft, with a significantly lower carbon footprint and operating cost than other forms of air transport.

About Hybrid Air Vehicles

Founded in 2007, Hybrid Air Vehicles is the company behind the innovative Airlander range of hybrid aircraft. They utilise new aerospace technology that combines the best of the characteristics of fixed wing aircraft and helicopters with lighter-than-air technology to create a new breed of hyper-efficient aircraft, with a significantly lower carbon footprint and operating cost than other forms of air transport.

The Airlander 10 is designed to stay airborne for up to five days at a time to fulfil a wide range of communication and survey roles, as well as cargo carrying and tourist passenger flights . 6

Hybrid Air Vehicles are in receipt of a £2.5 million InnovateUK grant in conjunction with 2 other UK aerospace SME’s (BBSR and Forward Composites) and the Universities of Cranfield, Liverpool and Sheffield. The remaining funding is from private individuals.

Currently, the only way for the general public to see the Airlander in the hangar is through our Airlander Club, which offers exclusive hard hat guided tours, regular insights though a monthly newsletter and other special benefits. Up until First Flight, £25 will buy a lifetime Founder Membership, after which time new memberships will become annual and benefits will be reduced. See here for further details.

Another way for members of the public to become directly involved with the Airlander 10 is to become an investor. Please visit http://www.hybridairvehicles.com/about-us/invest-in-us for more details.

Please visit www.hybridairvehicles.com and Hybrid Air Vehicles on Facebook, on Twitter and on Instagram.

For images, please contact: Philippa.Murrey@hybridairvehicles.net 01234-336400
For general media enquiries, contact Chris Daniels, Head of Partnerships and Communications at chris.daniels@hybridairvehicles.net or on 01234 336415.
To view videos, please visit our ‘Hybrid Air Vehicles Airlander’ YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnvPhACVf7t4Ykgx1OxgRiQ

GREAT BRITAIN Campaign - www.greatbritaincampaign.com

Sponsor Websites:
Forward Composites - www.forwardcomposites.com
AV – Optics – www.avoptics.com
BOC – www.BOConline.co.uk
Finmeccanica - www.finmeccanica.co.uk
Scotland Electronics - www.scotlandelectronics.co.uk
Vector Informatik – www.vector.com

This press release is approved as a financial promotion by Crowdcube Ventures Limited. Investments of this nature carry risks to your capital.
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The first full inspection of Airlander’s hull was completed this week by HAV’s team of aerospace technicians as part of ongoing analysis during the Flight Test Progamme. This was the first annual yearly check of the hull surface as a part of its flight test programme.  Simple but spectacular access techniques are now proven and Airlander passed its inspection with flying colours.   Airlander is ready to demonstrate its airborne capability to its customers as its flight programme continues. Airlander is in a class of its own in the most useful capability of payload x endurance – which is vital to patrol, search, surveillance and communications roles. Technicians recently completed a full hull inspection of Airlander using simple, safe and spectacular rope access techniques developed to make maintaining our unique aircraft routine. As expected, no major problems were found and Airlander got the thumbs up to continue its flight test programme.  This was the first time this access process has been used outside on the hull following development inside our hangar. This technique is key to enabling Airlander to demonstrate its ability to be maintained outside, without need for a permanent hangar.     We now benefit from remarkably easy access to all the upper surfaces and systems of the Airlander, using the same ascender system as the technician team uses for routine engine maintenance and inspection. Airlander is 26m tall (around the same height as four stacked double decker buses) which means that great care and thought has been put into maintenance techniques. Safety ropes are permanently attached to the hull and our technicians undertook rigorous training to ensure the highest safety standards. Access is gained to the hull via power ascenders supplied by ActSafe, the world leaders in this kind of equipment. Safety is the priority for Airlander and we always ensure the highest standards are adhered to. “Being up on the hull is a fantastic experience – I didn’t want to come down! It was a privilege to be part of the small team that performed the scheduled safety checks. We were pleased to find no major issues, further proving Airlander’s resilience.” – Ivor Pope, Maintenance, Modification and Ground Operations Manager About Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd Founded in 2007, Hybrid Air Vehicles is the company behind the innovative Airlander range of hybrid aircraft. They utilise new aerospace technology that combines the best of the characteristics of fixed wing aircraft and helicopters with lighter-than-air technology to create a new breed of hyper-efficient aircraft, with a significantly lower carbon footprint and operating cost than other forms of air transport. Airlanders are low noise, low pollution, and are environmentally-friendly. They have ultra-long endurance, and a point-to-point cargo-carrying capacity. They can take off and land in a short distance from unprepared sites in desert, ice, water, or open field environments. Hybrid Air Vehicles has been awarded both UK and European grant funding to support the Airlander project. In addition the company has carried out two ‘crowdfunding’ rounds and is proud to have more than 2000 shareholders without whom return to flight would not have been possible.  Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd was recently accepted onto London Stock Exchange’s ELITE programme for high growth companies looking to seek a listing on the Stock Market. The Airlander project was selected for funding through a dedicated SME Instrument of Horizon 2020, which the European Commission uses to invest in and support high growth and highly innovative small businesses. The technology is also fully in line with activities under the Smart, Green and Integrated Transport Societal Challenge of Horizon 2020, which aims to boost the competitiveness of the European transport industries and achieve a European transport system that is resource-efficient, climate-and-environmentally-friendly, safe and seamless for the benefit of all citizens, the economy and society. Airlander 10 is designed to stay airborne for up to five days at a time to fulfil a wide range of communication and survey roles, as well as cargo carrying and tourist passenger flights. Please visit http://www.hybridairvehicles.com/about-us/invest-in-us for more details about investment opportunities. Please visit www.hybridairvehicles.com and Hybrid Air Vehicles on Facebook, on Twitter, on LinkedIn and on Instagram. For images, please visit www.hybridairvehicles.com/news-and-media/press/image-downloads. For general media enquiries, contact media@hybridairvehicles.net or call 01234 336400

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