Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) has been granted Design Organization Approval (DOA) by EASA, enabling it to embark on a full flight test program as it works to gain type certification for the Airlander 10. The prototype has previously been operated under CAA and EASA permission.
“As an organization, we have worked hard to make sure that we were thoroughly prepared for every step of the DOA process,” said Nikky Pittkin, safety and airworthiness engineer at HAV. “As a result, we have succeeded in securing our DOA. Now we are working with EASA specialists to establish the certification basis for our aircraft so that we can work toward type certification of the Airlander 10.”
“Achieving our DOA was always an important milestone in our Airlander 10 production plan,” said Nick Allman, executive director at HAV.
“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 program as we move ahead with the production aircraft.”
The order book for the Airlander 10 is already open to individuals and organizations. HAV is targeting service entry from the early 2020s.
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