Skip to content

330-foot long aircraft hailed the largest in the world

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
3/3/2014 (4 years ago)
Catholic Online (

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.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (
3/3/2014 (4 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."


'Help Give every Student and Teacher FREE resources for a world-class Moral Catholic Education'

Copyright 2018 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for FEBRUARY 2018
Say 'No' to Corruption.
That those who have material, political or spiritual power may resist any lure of corruption.


More Technology

Is Facebook evil? -- How the social media giant uses your data to control you Watch

Image of Your data is being used to control you.

Facebook has been caught in two new scandals, both with political implications. Unbeknownst to millions of users, Facebook has been quietly ... continue reading

A Catholic scientist reflects on the life of Stephen Hawking Watch

Image of

The death of Stephen Hawking this week prompted a leading Catholic scientist to reflect on the life of the famed physicist, including his ... continue reading

Atheism, God, Science and Stephen Hawking Watch

Image of Stephen Hawking has contributed much to our understanding of space, time and black holes.

Famed physicist Stephen Hawking has died peacefully in Cambridge, age 76. The physicist was famous for his groundbreaking work in the field ... continue reading

First burger flipping robot starts work, and a revolution Watch

Image of Flippy is the first of hundreds of burger flipping robots, set to be rolled out over the next couple years.

A burger-flipping robot has started work in California, likely to be the first of many millions to come. The machines will reduce the need ... continue reading

Future so Bright: four things that are going to change the world in the next decade Watch

Image of What does the future look like? Probably a lot like today, but different in some important ways.

Just ten years ago the first smartphone was introduced by Apple. For the first two years, they were expensive novelties. Then, the android ... continue reading

Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Learn about Catholic world

Catholic Online
Inform - Inspire - Ignite

Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained

Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need

Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online

Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye

Daily Reading
Today's bible reading

Lent / Easter
Death & resurrection of Jesus

Advent / Christmas
Birth of Jesus

Rest of Catholic Online
All Catholic world we offer

Products and services we offer

Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books

The California Network
Inspiring streaming service

Advertise on Catholic Online
Your ads on

Catholic Online Email
Email with Catholic feel

Catholic Online Singles
Safe, secure Catholic dating

The California Studios
World-class post production service

Learn the Catholic way

Catholic Online School
Free Catholic education for all

Student Classes
K-12 & Adult Education Classes

School Teachers
Teacher lesson plans & resources

Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education

Connect with us online

Catholic Online on Facebook
Catholic social network

Catholic Online on Twitter
Catholic Tweets

Catholic Online on YouTube
Enjoy our videos

Catholic Online on Instagram
Shared Catholic moments

Catholic Online on Pinterest
Catholic ideas style inspiration

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2018 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2018 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.