Airlander is new type of aircraft that transforms all aerial endurance tasks with unprecedented multi-day loiter from the sky, carrying up to an impressive 10 tonnes of equipment - ideal for survey work, border security, communications and surveillance. It's land-anywhere capability and extreme endurance will open up remote cargo to anywhere in the world. It's like nothing else in the world and addresses a huge market.
As the earth's surface gets more crowded, the space that the three dimensions of air gives is opening up huge possibilities. Persistence in the sky is key, together with the ability to carry substantial payloads. There are many industries that urgently need an aircraft that can provide long endurance with a large payload capacity, such as border security, coastguarding and Search & Rescue. As the communications revolution takes off, and access to bandwidth and the electromagnetic spectrum become key, having a portable, high-power, long-endurance airborne communicator will be crucial for running the Internet of Things. Whether it is controlling unmanned farming in Africa, emergency communications in a disaster scenario or being part of the latest Smart Cities, Airlander has the technology to provide this now. Google, Facebook and others are investigating exactly this airborne ability to communicate data for IoT right now, but are many years from developing a viable solution.
Hybrid Air Vehicles Limited (the Company or HAV) has been established since 2007 and has become a global leader in an emerging sector within aerospace. The Company has developed the “Airlander” hybrid aircraft and the market for this new flight technology has been independently valued at over $50 billion over the next 20 years.
Airlander takes the best of aeroplanes, helicopters and airships and combines them with the latest innovations in materials to create a truly revolutionary aircraft. The Airlander is a “hybrid” of an aeroplane and an airship – we get 40% of our lift from the aerodynamic wing shape of our aircraft, and 60% from the helium fill – it is therefore inherently more efficient than other forms of air transport. It uses the very latest fabrics to maintain its shape and is technologically years ahead of other aircraft.
Airlander aims to revolutionise transport and travel by:
Flight Test Programme currently in progress. Have flown 13 hours in total and more than 300 nautical miles.May, 2017
Approval from our regulators, EASA and CAA for the expanded operating envelope of the Airlander aircraft. A validation of the flight tests.September, 2017
Heavy Landing caused huge worldwide publicity and positive views from industry of how we dealt with it.August, 2016
First Flight of Airlander.August, 2016
Official naming ceremony of Airlander by HRH Duke of Kent (Queen Elizabeth's cousin).May, 2015
Airlander arrives back in the UK ready for re-assembly with clean export licence and US ITAR regulation free (useful for export sales).December, 2013
US budget sequestration and fiscal cliff cancels US Army programme permitting Hybrid Air Vehicles to purchase Airlander outright.January, 2013
First Flight of US Army programme aircraft (the LEMV) and what became Airlander.August, 2012
Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd wins contract with Northrup Grumman to provide Persistent Wide Area Surveillance aircraft for $300m US Army program.July, 2010
Hybrid Air Vehicles founded. Tests scale demonstrators extensively.July, 2007