Hybrid Air Vehicles’ Airlander has been hailed as the leading aerospace innovation of the year in two major awards.
US magazine Popular Science gave it the Best of What’s New award in its Aerospace category yesterday, while in October the aircraft received The Honourable Company of Air Pilots Sir Barnes Wallis Medal in recognition of its “exceptional and innovative contribution to aviation”.
HAV is one of just a handful of companies to have won the medal in 35 years.
Cardington-based HAV CEO Stephen McGlennan said: “The Airlander will revolutionise air travel and we’re delighted we have been honoured with these awards that validate our technology.”
The 92 metre airship will make its first UK test flights from Cardington hangars next year.