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330-foot long aircraft hailed the largest in the world

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
3/3/2014 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Part, airship, part helicopter, part plane, craft will deliver humanitarian aid across the world

Consisting of part airship, part helicopter and part plane, the world's longest aircraft has been unveiled to an awaiting world. Three hundred feet long, developers hope that one day there will be as many as hybrids as their helicopters presently. 

Environmentally friendly, it's partially filled with inert helium. Developers hope to make more of the 'green vehicles' which they plan to make capable of taking off from land, water, desert, ice and fields.

Environmentally friendly, it's partially filled with inert helium. Developers hope to make more of the "green vehicles" which they plan to make capable of taking off from land, water, desert, ice and fields.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
3/3/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Technology

Keywords: Aircraft, HAV, humanitarian, plane


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The craft can stay airborne for up to three weeks and will be used to deliver several tons of humanitarian aid. The device will also transport heavy freight globally.

Environmentally friendly, it's partially filled with inert helium. Developers hope to make more of the "green vehicles" which they plan to make capable of taking off from land, water, desert, ice and fields.

The craft's inventors, Hybrid Air Vehicles Limited also expects to create "luxury" hybrids, with infinity pools stretching across hundreds of feet. AS they often sail on just one engine, they are quieter than traditional vehicles.

"These do something nothing else does," Chris Daniels, head of partnerships and communications at HAV, says. "There are two variations - the ones that can stay in the air for a long period of time which can be used for things like communications and covering sports events.

"They also have a pseudo-military use. Rather than having a police helicopter which are noisy and can only stay up for a limited period of time, these can stay airborne for a long time and be as overt or not as people want."

The latest hybrid will be used for communications HAV is set to start making an even larger version later this year which will be able to transport up to 50 tons of freight and passengers. It hopes the industry could eventually create around 1,000 jobs.

Daniels says that because of the way helium is used to power the ships, every time the length is doubled they can carry up to eight times as heavy a load. HAV hopes they can eventually make crafts capable of carrying up to 200 tons.

Daniels says that he cannot see the ships replacing railways used to transport freight, however. The hybrid machines would be suitable for transporting very heavy loads in hard to reach areas like Canada and Africa.

"The climate change issue around ice roads in Canada mean another solution is needed, whereas with the security issue in Africa, this could solve part of the problem."

Daniels said that while several companies had expressed interest in the hybrids, they had also had a handful of enquiries from people who "just want one.

"Maybe one day it will be the case that people get the Orient Express one way and a hybrid aircraft on the way back . The only limit is people's imagination."

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