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Air born; FAA begins certification process of the Aeroscraft ML866.

The FAA has accepted the type certification application for the Aeroscraft model ML866 made by Worldwide Aeros. The Aeroscraft is based on proprietary Dynamic Buoyancy Management and Structural Technologies that create a completely new class of aircraft. Unlike other aircraft, the Aeroscraft generates lift through a combination of aerodynamics, thrust vectoring, and gas buoyancy generation and management.

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Aeros president and CEO Igor Pasternak said, "This is a monumental step forward in the aerospace industry. It is a new dimension of flight!"

Prior to the ML866 Type Certification program, the FAA had issued Type Certificate to Worldwide Aeros Corp. for the airship models Aeros 40B and Aeros 40D Sky Dragons. Aeros airships had also been certified in Europe and Asia.

The capabilities of the Aeroscraft ML866 create new prospects for all kinds of travelers to reach destinations inaccessible to conventional airliners. The interior cabin can be comfortably configured with amenities from private state rooms to a fully functional business and conference center.

The Aeroscraft is also intended to haul cargo. The Aeroscraft's ability to access remote areas around the world would create opportunities for opening of new markets, efficient product delivery at reduced cost, and facilitate manufacturing in rural areas. Also, it will help improve the environment due to the lesser required land transportation mode.

About Aeros: Aeros is the world's leading lighter-than-air, FAA-certified aircraft manufacturing company. The company's operations involve the research, development, production, operation, and marketing of a complete family of Aeros-branded air vehicles used in government and commercial applications. These include non-rigid FAA Type Certified Aeros 40D Sky Dragon Airships, Advanced Tethered Aerostatic Systems, and New Type Rigid Air Vehicle--Aeroscraft.
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