An amazing passenger experience is a step closer to becoming reality, following EASA’s Design Organisation Approval (DOA) for the Airlander 10 airship. This approval is an important milestone on the path of its manufacturer, Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV), getting the production airship in service with customers.
While HAV has previously operated the prototype Airlander under both CAA and EASA permission, the DOA gives HAV the ability to undertake a full flight test program and is a critical step towards type certification.
“As an organization, we have worked hard to make sure that we were thoroughly prepared for every step of the DOA process. As a result, we have succeeded in securing our DOA,” commented HAV’s safety & airworthiness engineer, Nikky Pittkin, who was a key part of driving the program forward within HAV. “Now we are working with EASA specialists to establish the certification basis for our aircraft so that we can work towards type certification of Airlander 10.”
HAV expects the type certified production Airlander 10 aircraft to be in service with customers from the early 2020s, with the order book currently open to both organizations and individual purchasers.