Dear Civil Aviation Authority,

I am interested to know whether a airworthiness certification has ever been issued by either you or the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for the GA22 Airship built by BAE systems .

The most recent data I have indicates that conversations were going on between Cambridge, Essex & Sussex Police force and the CAA on this matter in February 2009; Tony Eagles at the CAA was dealing with the certification at your end, if that helps at all.

If the certification has not been issued, I would like to know whether it is still pending, or has been refused/cancelled.

Yours faithfully,

Willard Foxton

McKenna Jim, Civil Aviation Authority

Subject: Freedom of Information request - GA 22 Airship

Dear Civil Aviation Authority,

I am interested to know whether a airworthiness certification has
ever been issued by either you or the European Aviation Safety
Agency (EASA) for the GA22 Airship built by BAE systems .

The most recent data I have indicates that conversations were going
on between Cambridge, Essex & Sussex Police force and the CAA on
this matter in February 2009; Tony Eagles at the CAA was dealing
with the certification at your end, if that helps at all.

If the certification has not been issued, I would like to know
whether it is still pending, or has been refused/cancelled.

Yours faithfully,

Willard Foxton

Dear Mr Foxton,

Your e-mail request to FOI requests has been sent to me for a response. In
order to minimise any delay in addressing your request, I am providing an
answer to your query directly rather than through the formal FOI response
mechanism.

The GA22 Airship is manufactured by Lindstrand Technologies under a joint
arrangement with British Aerospace.

There is one GA22 Airship registered in the UK, reference G-CFKN.

It is understood that this is subject to evaluation and certification
under the EASA Part 21 certification requirements and therefore any
enquires should be more appropriately followed up with EASA. It is
understood that the aircraft has not been fully certificated at this time
as no EASA Type Certificate has been issued and development of the Airship
and its systems is continuing.

We understand from the company's web-site that there are a number of
potential customers for the GA22 but until such time as the Airship has
received its Type Certificate, and any operating limitations or
restrictions specified as part of that process, the details of any such
potential operation cannot be determined.

I trust that this answers your query.

Jim McKenna
Head of Airworthiness Strategy & Policy
Airworthiness Division
UK Civil Aviation Authority
+44 (0) 1293 573287

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