Airlander repairs complete and testing underway
10 February 2017
The Airlander team announce that the structural damage sustained to the Flight Deck during its second Test Flight last August has now been repaired.
Following this successful repair of the Flight Deck structure, Airlander is now structurally complete ahead of Hangar Exit and resuming the Flight Test Program. A rigorous testing and training program has now commenced to prepare for Airlander taking to the skies again.
The flight deck instrument panels, overhead console and all associated wiring have already been reinstalled successfully. This was aided by weeks of preparation, which allowed large sections to be moved at the same time and clipped in to place. With the equipment installed, “power-on” has been achieved and on-aircraft testing has now begun.
Hybrid Air Vehicles’ CEO, Stephen McGlennan said, “We’re delighted to have made the progress we have in our repairs and look forward to restarting our test flight program soon.”
A comprehensive investigation has taken place since Airlander’s heavy landing in August, the root causes of which are now fully understood and a number of changes in procedures and training have been implemented. The aerospace community has been incredibly supportive of the Airlander and what the team continue to achieve.
Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd is not announcing a specific date for the next flight of Airlander. Achieving a safe flight is the priority, and it will make further announcements in due course.