Another step towards the launch of the Airlander 10 airship
04 / 10 / 2018
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has awarded Hybrid Air Vehicles a Design Organisation Approval (DOA), an important milestone on the path to getting its Airlander 10 airship into service.
The company said that just eight other organisations hold an EASA (DOA) for type certifying large aircraft.
Being granted a DOA gives HAV the ability to undertake a full flight test programme towards the type certification of Airlander 10.
While HAV has previously operated the prototype Airlander under both CAA and EASA permission, the DOA is a critical step towards type certification.
“As an organisation, 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,” said safety and airworthiness engineer Nikky Pittkin.
“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.”
“Achieving our DOA was always an important milestone in our Airlander 10 production plan,” added executive director Nick Allman.
“Working directly with EASA, we have made excellent progress on developing the appropriate regulations for an aircraft like Airlander. Having our DOA will support our preparation for a type certification programme as we move ahead with the production aircraft.”
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 organisations and individual purchasers.
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