Bedford Airship Co Wins CAA Production Approval

14 January 2019, 16:25 | Updated: 14 January 2019, 16:27

The Bedfordshire company behind the world's biggest aircraft - the giant Airlander 10 says it's going to start building production models.

A prototype of the huge Airship last flew in 2017 - but collapsed in a field after a slow speed crash at Cardington.

Now the firm's been given production approval by the Civil Aviation Authority.


Hybrid Air Vehicles has been awarded Production Organisation Approval from the Civil Aviation Authority.

At the end of 2018, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) awarded Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd a "Production Organisation Approval (POA)".

The POA considers the manufacture and assembly aspects of aircraft production including supply chain management, processes relating to manufacture and assembly, and the production facility itself.

It typically takes over a year to prepare a facility for a POA audit Hybrid won their approval in under 6 months.

David Lindley, HAV’s Head of Aviation Safety & Quality Assurance said:

"The POA is the regulator’s stamp of approval for us to move ahead with the productionisation of Airlander 10 on the path to type certification. This puts us in a great position going into 2019."