U.K.-based Airlander cashes in with U.S. crowdfunding

U.K.-based Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) opened a crowdfunding round in the United States for its Airlander 10 hybrid airship, which resumed test flights in May, following a nine-month hiatus after sustaining damage during a rough landing in August 2016. Airlander closed two successful crowdfunding rounds in the U.K., but U.S. investors were barred from investing […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • October 19, 2017

Hovering on the Edge: Will airships go mainstream… again?

A light breeze gusted against the enormous hangars that dominate the pastoral skyline of Bedfordshire, like Brobdingnagian relics in Gulliver’s Travels. “The weather was fine,” the post-accident report stated – perfect conditions for the Airlander 10’s second test flight, scheduled for Aug. 24, 2016. In the fields adjacent to the U.K.’s Cardington Airfield, aviation enthusiasts […]
  • Lewis King
  • September 7, 2017

Airlander 10 returns to the skies!

UK-based Hybrid Air Vehicles resumed test flights of its Airlander 10 hybrid airship this week, after a nine-month hiatus. The program suffered a setback last year after the test aircraft took a nosedive while attempting to land. Although nobody was hurt during the crash, and much of the ship remained intact, the test unit sustained […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 12, 2017

Airlander 10 has rough landing

Just days after its widely publicized debut, Hybrid Air Vehicles’ “gargantuan conjoined albino bananas on steroids” and “butt-shaped blimp” fell flat on its bum – well, on its nose, to be more accurate. The cockpit, situated below the two elongated globes that buoy the aircraft, sustained damage but Hybrid Air Vehicles hopes to asses and […]
  • Lewis King
  • August 25, 2016

UK firm works to get hybrid cargoship off the ground

It claims to hold the title of the world’s longest vehicle that flies. It can land anywhere flat, including on water, ice and in the desert. And it may be coming to a sky near you. The pitch for Hybrid Air Vehicles’ (HAV) heavy-lift cargo aircraft promises a lot. And Chris Daniels, head of partnerships […]
  • April 22, 2014