Discovery Air Innovations Inc. (DAI)and Hybrid Air Vehicles Limited (HAV) have entered into a commercial agreement which identifies DAI as the launch customer for HAV’s Commercial Heavy Lift programme. They plan to buy around 45 new hybrid air vehicles. These aircraft will be used across Canada’s Northwest Territories. The airships will be produced and deployed around 2014.
The hybrid airships are HAV’s model 366, which can carry 50 tonnes if they take off horizontally like an airplane and around 30 tonnes if they take off vertically. This is more than the largest helicopters in the world can carry.
One hundred and ten metres long, the vessels can reach altitudes of almost 3000 metres and can take off and land almost anywhere.