British Hybrid Air Vehicles set to open production facility within new aerospace manufacturing cluster in South Yorkshire

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Hybrid Air Vehicles Airlander 10. Photo credit : Hybrid Air Vehicles

Hybrid Air Vehicles, the British manufacturer of Airlander 10 – the world’s longest aircraft, is set to open a production facility in the South Yorkshire Region.

The British company prides itself on being at the forefront of zero-carbon aviation and partnering with likeminded companies in developing electric motors for the aviation sector.

The company state:

“We’re investigating novel materials and technologies. We’re building a development pathway that leads to zero-carbon flight without compromising capability. Airlander’s unique characteristics make it the perfect platform to achieve these goals.”

“We need to travel further, to more places, with less impact. Our defence forces need to think about intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance differently as they become more and more data-reliant. These challenges demand a new way of thinking. At HAV we’re designing an aircraft that gives our customers a different choice. It’s efficient, capable, and flexible – and able to solve many of those new challenges.”

The company say they have been working with the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (SYMCA), Doncaster Council and other local and national stakeholders on a proposal to establish the Airlander 10 production line within a new, green aerospace manufacturing cluster within the South Yorkshire Region.

A statement on their website says:

“As the Airlander 10 programme nears launch, we need to identify a suitable location for the facilities that will enable us to deliver a minimum of 12 Type Certified aircraft to the market per year. South Yorkshire presents an ideal combination of strategic vision, educational and research institutions, potential partners (and current partners 2Excel Aviation and the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre), and physical location. Together, HAV and SYMCA and these other organisations have built a strong relationship and we look forward to continuing our work to establish Airlander 10’s production home in South Yorkshire.

“Bedford remains an important part of HAV’s story going forward. We will continue to have a significant and growing presence at our Bedford site, in the community where Airlander was born.

“At this time, we are unable to discuss any specific details about our facility’s location or a potential break-ground date. We expect to make additional announcements about our developing South Yorkshire relationships over the coming weeks.”

Inside the Airlander. Photo credit: Hybrid Air Vehicles

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