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News: Airlander Update

Published 7 March 2017, 15:03

The Airlander cockpit. Photo: Hybrid Air Vehicles

Update on the world's largest aircraft

Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) has announced the structural damage sustained to the flight deck of the Airlander during its second test flight in August 2016 has now been repaired.

The aircraft is now “structurally complete”, says HAV, ahead of hangar exit and the resumption of test flying.

A HAV statement said: “The key visible change is that we now have an Auxiliary Landing System which allows the aircraft to land safely at a greater range of attitudes than previously. This has been fitted forward of the main landing gear (skids) and, like our main landing gear, is a pressurised air cushion which contacts the ground during a landing.

“In addition we have made a series of improvements to our ground systems to reduce the chance of an equipment failure such as the problem with the mooring mast winch that triggered the incident in August last year.

“We are also modifying the aircraft to make sure that if the mooring line were ever to hang down from the aircraft again, as it did that day, it can be recovered so that it does not interfere with the approach and landing of the aircraft.”

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