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ACEP Report Summary

Project ID: 672032

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - ACEP (Airlander Civil Exploitation Project)

Reporting period: 2015-07-01 to 2016-03-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) has developed a novel new type of aircraft that could revolutionise the cost, safety and environmental impact of air transport. This aircraft type is already substantially risk reduced by being taken to TRL 6 with initial flight demonstration under a US Military programme (LEMV). HAV believes that the civil aerospace application of this technology is the strongest route to market. Identified civil customers need to see that this novel aircraft can be accepted by civil regulators before they will place orders for production versions.

This project creates a civil regulatory framework in conjunction with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), and upgrades the prototype vehicle to EASA required standards. It then supports further flight demonstration of the vehicle, driving down customer risk and provides a clear path to production orders.

The Airlander Civil Exploitation Project (ACEP) Key Objectives are the:
• Development of a recognised civil regulatory standard for this unique vehicle type under EASA control,
• Upgrade of the first of type vehicle hardware to meet civil (EASA) regulations and support customer demonstrations/trials,
• Reduction of customer risk via the development of high quality civil purchase and operating cost information,
• Enhancement / optimisation of performance for the civil variant.

Closure of these objectives facilitates the Company in building an order book for a commercial variant of the Airlander 10 by progressively reducing the risks for prospective commercial customers.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

We have successfully completed a number of key deliverables this period. Vehicle Upgrades on the tailfin, rear propulsor batten, mission module, fuel module, forward propulsor pylons, and the hull have all been completed and work on the Flight Control Network and Mooring Mast Interface is progressing well.
We have built a training device on site which greatly helps with researching, testing and pilot training. This is a great asset to our newly recruited second pilot who converting from [fixed wing] aircraft to lighter than air.
Our documentation is advancing very well. We have a well-established airworthiness team who ensure that we liaise with EASA and ensure that documents are issued to them to show how we are meeting their requirements.
The effort of this has paid off as we have now managed to secure a vital milestone by obtaining our Flight Conditions and Permit to Fly.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

The Airlander 10 is an entirely novel aircraft type and now nears flight for the first time.
HAV expect the flights to lead to commercial orders creating hundreds of jobs in Europe, reducing the cost and environmental impact of air travel.

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