I still don’t get why this concept is being pursued. The latest is a use for luxury passenger transport for up to 19 folks with this interior:
But it doesn’t look that much bigger than this:
Except the second picture has up to 500 passengers and flies 5-6 times the speed!
It also states on the HAV website:
Facts and Figures
- Three-day expedition with up to 19 passengers plus crew
- Can accommodate a variety of layouts including reception areas, on-board catering, and flexible seating options
- Current configuration includes en-suite cabins
- Full-height windows with horizon to horizon visibility
- 46m long cabin – larger than most single-aisle aircraft
- Ability to take off and land on virtually any flat surface without the need for infrastructure like runways or ports.
The last point is interesting as I thought that it did need infrastructure and it was the fact that it became untethered from that infrastructure that saw the first one written off? Also, a very large hangar is needed which is probably more expensive than a runway or a port?
I was genuinely sad to see the first one in a crumpled heap (twice) - more for the people emotionally connected to it than the project. But I still can’t see where there will be any significant sales return on the significant investment made already? If I recall correctly we first saw HAV’s plans in 2007 (for long endurance ISTAR) but the ISTAR endurance performance claims were not as good as planned and now 11 years later it is being presented as a flying tourist platform for 19 folks with a 3 day endurance. A kind of sky cruiser. I still can’t see how it will be worth the effort. Personally I would have rather seen the financial investment and skilled staffs’ efforts channelled into a future-proof electric or hydrogen powered GA aircraft for recreational and business use.
I apologise for being negative.