Straightline Aviation to Announce Agreement to Bring Hybrid Airships to Canada


[PRESSWIRE] OTTAWA, November 15, 2016 --  Aviation will make an announcement at the Canadian Aerospace Summit in Ottawa, Canada, about an agreement to bring Lockheed Martin Hybrid Airships to the region.

When: 10:00 a.m. ET, Wednesday, Nov. 16

Where: Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON, Room 209 (Media Room)

Interview/Photo Opportunities: There will be an opportunity to photograph the formal signing agreement and participate in a Q&A session following the announcement.

Background:   The Hybrid Airship has the ability to land on virtually any surface including snow, ice, gravel and even water, with little to no runways required. Hybrid Airships combine the technology of lighter than air aircraft with airplanes, helicopters and hovercraft. Helium provides 80 percent of the lift, and the remaining lift comes from the aerodynamic shape of the aircraft and its four thrust vectoring engines. Both the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Transport Canada have agreed on the newly developed Hybrid Airship certification criteria which is being used to complete the type certification. First deliveries are scheduled in 2019.

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About Straightline Aviation 

Headquartered in the United Kingdom with offices in New York and Los Angeles, SLA was co-founded by a team of highly experienced airship and aviation executives with the sole purpose of bringing Hybrids into operation. Chief Executive Officer Mike Kendrick previously founded and ran the Virgin Group's extensive airship interests, including the Virgin Airship and Balloon Company (VABC). Mark Dory was the Chief Operating Officer of VABC and is now SLA's COO. David Tait OBE, the President of SLA's U.S. operations, was a founding member of the team that created Virgin Atlantic Airways and was the Executive Vice President of Virgin Atlantic Airways' U.S. operation for 18 years.

Media Contact: Mark Dorey, +44-1384-904035,