How it works

The aviation market has been seeking two innovations: the ability to stay airborne for days and weeks at a time in order to achieve surveillance, search and survey tasks; and the ability to transport heavy goods point-to-point, without the need for expensive airport infrastructure. 

The aerospace company that solves either of these problems with a safe, robust and reliable aircraft will dominate these markets.  HAV has developed the Airlander range that can achieve this by engineering a design that involves gaining “free lift” from helium, whilst utilising the controllability of having an aerodynamic shape, and having engines that rotate and can direct their thrust in any direction.
Aerodynamic Lift – Typ. +40%
Increases lift efficiency
Creates the perfect balance between economic flight, operational flexibility, range and payload.
Vectored Thrust Lift – Typ. +/- 25%
Principally for take off & landing
Overcomes key operational shortfalls of traditional airships through combining buoyancy, aerodynamics and vectored thrust to generate lift.
Buoyant Lift – Typ. +60%
Provides zero energy lift
Wing-shaped hull with bow thruster and wide track air cushioned landing system is stable and manoeuvrable in flight and on the ground, allied to failure tolerant system architecture.




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Latest News

Airlander Moves to New Home
At the start of this week, we began the process of relocating from Hangar 2 at Cardington to our new production facility, also in the Bedford area. We are pleased to announce that the move has gone very well – some of you may have seen the Mission Module and propulsors in transit. While all of us here at HAV are sad to be leaving the Sheds, we are also excited about this next chapter in Airlander’s story. We will have more information about the new facility for you soon and some other exciting updates to share over the coming months. Thank you for all of your continued support!

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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.
Did you spot #Airlander on the road earlier this week? We were moving to our new home: https://t.co/CkEhDBHWv1
Our very own Tom Grundy is at @CranfieldUni to give the @AeroSociety 2018 Handley Page Lecture, titled "#Airlander… https://t.co/bcwFxu7NKq
Tom Grundy, our Executive Director for Strategic Customer Solutions and Support, is talking #Airlander tomorrow for… https://t.co/seeZJJ2AOK