An Overview of Hybrid Aircraft and the Airlander - Combining the Best of Aerodynamic and Aerostatic Lift

8 September 2014

Royal Aeronautical Society


Why this green and innovative form of flying is so ground-breaking


You can listen to the audio from this lecture via the AeroSociety Podcast.  

Combining new capabilities, performance and green credentials is becoming essential to be competitive in the aircraft market. This requires engineering innovation and a good deal of lateral thinking - this is exactly what Hybrid Air Vehicles has done with the Airlander.

The Airlander combines the best of aeroplanes, helicopters, hovercraft and airship design to produce the largest, and one of the greenest and most innovative aircraft presently available. The result is an aircraft that can fly for over 5 days straight, take off and land vertically from virtually anywhere and will eventually be able to carry over 50 tonnes of cargo with stunning fuel consumption characteristics.

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Speaker Details

Chris Daniels, Head of Partnerships and Communications, Hybrid Air Vehicles

Chris Daniels, Head of Partnerships and Communications, Hybrid Air Vehicles

A former British Army Parachute Regiment Officer, Chris has subsequently had many years of experience developing business in a range of industries. Most recently Chris was Head of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Activation at Lloyds Banking Group, and has worked at Hybrid Air Vehicles for the past year creating a communications strategy and developing partnerships, whilst relearning physics and engineering principles!

Chris has a mathematics degree from Oxford University and an MBA from IESE Business School in Barcelona. He was awarded a Flying Scholarship by the RAF aged 17, and has kept a lifelong interest in aviation ever since.

Location Details

Royal Aeronautical Society