Airlander gets go-ahead for full production aircraft
Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) has been awarded Production Organisation Approval from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), meaning it can move towards type certification for the Airlander 10.
The Production Organisation Approval (POA) follows Design Organisation Approval (DOA) from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in October 2018.
Both the DOA, which covers design activities and flight test, and the POA, covering manufacture and assembly, are required to move forward into a type certification programme with the production Airlander 10.
"The POA approval is a significant milestone for HAV. It is the culmination of months of hard work and focused effort," said David Lindley, HAV’s Head of Aviation Safety & Quality Assurance. "It demonstrates that the safety, quality assurance, and supply chain management processes are in place, along with the production facility."
"Successfully being awarded our POA in the same year as our DOA is fantastic," added Executive Director Nick Allman. "The POA is the regulator’s stamp of approval for us to move ahead with the productionisation of Airlander 10 on the path to type certification. This puts us in a great position going into 2019."
Watch our interview with Tom Grundy, Hybrid Air Vehicles, at Farnborough Airshow in July 2018.
During a test flight in August 2016, the Airlander aircraft took a nosedive, causing damage to the cockpit. In November 2017, it then deflated after it came loose from its mooring.