A strange new aircraft is a bit closer to take-off with the announcement that the FAA has accepted the type certification application for the Aeroscraft model Aeros ML866. It looks like some sort of flying whale, though it’s described as a new paradigm in air transport. At 210 ft long, 118 ft wide, the ML866 is a buoyancy assisted air vehicle with a rigid structure that generates lift through aerodynamics, thrust vectoring and gas buoyancy.
The craft boasts a range of more than 3000 miles and a top speed of 138mph, plus it has some unique properties for a craft of its size. Like the ability to hover, take-off and land vertically, along with complete autonomy from airports. It is now officially a new type of aircraft.