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Nb Fly 2011 Matricule Modèle Fabricant / Manufacture Opérateur / Operator Pays / Country
1 OK N-606SA SKS600 1215/06 Airship Industries /AMS Inc Surveillance Trinidad Tobago
2 OK G-TLEL A60+ 03 American Blimp Corp / TLG GOODYEAR Safety 2 Destroyed 12june2011
3 OK N-560VL A60+ 05 American Blimp Corp / TLG METLIFE  Snoopy 1 USA
4 OK G-HLEL A60+ 10 American Blimp Corp / TLG GOODYEAR Safety 1 Europa
5 OK N-612LG A60+ 12 American Blimp Corp / TLG HORIZON USA
6 OK N-614LG A60+ 14 American Blimp Corp / TLG METLIFE  Alico Japan
7 OK N-615LG A60+ 15 American Blimp Corp / TLG METLIFE  Snoopy 2 USA
8 ???? B-9008 A60+ 16 American Blimp Corp / TLG Goodyear China
9 OK N-618LG A60+ 18 American Blimp Corp / TLG HANGAR VODKA USA
10 OK N-620LG A60+ 20 American Blimp Corp / HDO CONAN Tbs USA
11 OK N-154ZP A170-02 American Blimp Corp / TLG DIRECTV USA
12 OK MZ-3A A170-xx American Blimp Corp / TLG Us-Navy  USA
13 ???? N-818AC A40D AEROS Test flight USA
14 ???? N-819AC A40D AEROS BERET Airlines CHINA
15 OK N-820AC A40D # 21 AEROS Surveillance Taihland
17 OK N-704LZ NT07-100 04 ZEPPELIN NT  (ex Airship Ventures USA
21 ???? REF00034R AU11 ROSAEROSYSTEMS Test flight RUSSIA
25 OK RA-01944 AU30 01 ROSAEROSYSTEMS Advertising RUSSIA
26 OK RA-01945 AU30 03 ROSAEROSYSTEMS Advertising RUSSIA
27 ???? N-6542B POLAR-400 BLACKWATER Test flight USA
28 OK B-636L HJ-2000 HUAJIAO AIRSHIP Advertising CHINA
29 OK B-9004 HJ-2000A HUAJIAO AIRSHIP Advertising CHINA
30 OK B-9006 CA-80 VANTAGE AIRSHIP Advertising CHINA
31 ???? N-8041X SPAS70 TECHSPHERE Test flight USA
32 OK 03-VS V900 VOLIRIS New gondola FRANCE
34 ???? N-791LM P791 LOCKHEED MARTIN Test flight USA
35 OK W92NC SkyBike Hervé KUHLMANN Test flight FRANCE
36 OK D-LDFR WDL-1b WDL Spring & Summer 2011 Germany
37 OK W77BBF Nephelios Sol'R Test flight 2011 FRANCE
38 OK B-9007 CA-80 VANTAGE AIRSHIP Advertising CHINA
Septembre 2011                       September 2011

Alter Zeppelin erhält in Friedrichshafen neue Technik und Hülle     12. September 2011


Friedrichshafen (dapd-bwb). Nach dem zweimonatigen Wiederaufbau eines Zeppelins werden in Friedrichshafen die Einzelteile langsam zu einem Gesamtgerüst zusammengesetzt. Das Luftschiff, das in einer Halle auf dem Messegelände entsteht, nimmt damit wieder konkrete Formen an, wie eine Sprecherin der Deutschen Zeppelin Reederei am Montag in Friedrichshafen sagte. Der Zeppelin NT (Neue Technologie) ist 75 Meter lang, also zwei Meter länger als ein Airbus A 380.

Zurzeit arbeiten 20 Techniker an dem Luftschiff. Im Frühjahr 2012 soll es dann mit neuer Hülle und leistungsstärkerer Technik wieder über dem Bodensee fliegen. Nach dem Wiederaufbau erhält der Zeppelin den Angaben zufolge den Zusatz "R" in seiner Seriennummer - für "Rebuild", also Wiederaufbau. Der ursprüngliche Taufname "Bodensee" soll jedoch bestehen bleiben.

Im März 2004 war der Zeppelin für sieben Millionen Euro nach Japan verkauft worden. Dort startete dieser bis 2010 unter dem Namen "Yokoso! Japan" zu Rundflügen über Tokio. Nachdem die Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik das Gefährt zurückgekauft hatte, wurde es im März 2010 zerlegt und in Containern nach Friedrichshafen gebracht.




L'Iris Challenger, le plus grand dirigeable électrique à forme lenticulaire au monde, sera présenté lors de la cérémonie d'ouverture de la 38ème Coupe Icare, à St Hilaire du Touvet (38) du 22 au 25 septembre 2011.

A l'occasion de la 38ème édition de la Coupe Icare, la plus importante manifestation mondiale de vol libre, l'Iris Challenger effectuera son premier vol officiel.
L'originalité de l'Iris Challenger est sa forme lenticulaire, lui conférant un look de soucoupe volante encore jamais vu et unique au monde.
Gonflé à l'hélium, cet aéronef d’un diamètre de 14 mètres est le fruit du Groupe Aérial Concept reconnu pour ses réalisations d’images aériennes depuis ses dirigeables électriques.

Le deuxième aspect novateur de l'Iris Challenger réside dans sa motricité exclusivement électrique à très faible émission de CO2.
Quant à l'équipage, ses deux pilotes n’ont pas été choisis par hasard : Pierre CHABERT est un spécialiste des vols en dirigeable, et Gérald FELDZER est un aviateur chevronné avec à son actif plusieurs records.

Pour son deuxième vol officiel, l'Iris Challenger tentera une première mondiale: la traversée de la Manche.
L'équipage prendra son envol au petit matin entre le 17 et 21 octobre 2011 à Douvres ; pour un atterrissage prévu à Calais 1h30 après...
- Contact Presse : Emilie DEMESY au 06 78 07 25 05
Groupe Aérial Concept : Jean Louis JOUANNIN au 06 03 81 25 22

Pour plus d'information : irischallenger.eu et coupe-icare.org




Huge heavy-lift airships on their way to Canada's North       September 7, 2011


What floats in the air, is shaped like a giant white cigar, stands up to six storeys high and may soon be seen over Nunavut?

It's an airship, and many hope these new flying machines, which have been called "new wave blimps," will be able to provide mining industries with cheaper and cleaner travel by 2014.

Discovery Air Innovations, a specialty aviation company based in Yellowknife, and Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd., a British company, recently signed an agreement that makes Discovery Air the first customer for Hybrid Air Vehicles's "commercial heavy lift" program.

The company is already designing a "long-endurance multi-intelligence vehicle" for the United States military to use for surveillance in Afghanistan.

Its huge hybrid air vehicles - due to begin construction in 2012 - will be able to fly at speeds near 290 km/h and carry at least 50 tonnes of cargo, nearly double the payload of a fullyloaded C-130 Hercules.




NASA goes back to the future: airships   September 5, 2011


NASA may no longer be flying space shuttles, but it is set to put another craft into the skies ... airships.

The US agency is building airships it believes will revolutionise the transport of cargo around the world, with its first prototype set to take off next year, London's Daily Telegraph reported.

"One of NASA's jobs is to solve the nation's air transportation challenges with research, and airships haven't seen much research in the past few decades," said Dr Pete Worden, the director of NASA research arm Ames at an airship conference in Alaska last month.



Airships to return to the skies under Nasa led project


Space-age airships are set to replace lorries, trains and even cargo ships for carrying goods around the world, under a project being led by NASA.



Using materials and aerodynamics knowledge gained from the space-race, engineers at NASA are helping to develop a new generation of airships they believe will replace lorries, trains and even cargo ships for carrying goods around the world.




Hybrid airship set for cargo development        01/09/11


London-based Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) expects to begin construction early next year of an airship capable of lifting 50t, with first flight scheduled for the second half of 2013.

But although the aircraft - to be built for Quebec-based speciality aviation company Discovery Air Innovations - will share a basic hybrid airship concept with the Long-Endurance Multi-intelligence Vehicle (LEMV) HAV is developing with Northrop Grumman for service from 2012, the Discovery vehicle is of a different design to meet vastly different mission objectives.

HAV business development director Hardy Giesler said the Northrop project's surveillance role dictates that the LEMV must operate at 20,000ft (6,100m) and stay aloft for 21 days, the Discovery craft will have to lift up to 50t and travel at speeds of up to 100kt (185km/h). By contrast, the LEMV is required to carry only 1t to 2t of surveillance equipment payload, plus fuel to last for three weeks.




Août 2011                       August 2011

Update: Boeing no longer working on hybrid airship, but damn it looked cool   August 29, 2011


Boeing considered building a gigantic, buoyant ”Hybrid Thermal Airship” that would have floated as high as 30,000 feet for up to 60 days at a time and deliver cargo anywhere in the world without the need for a runway or any other infrastructure — running on a combination of fuel-powered generators and an 8-megawatt solar array across the top of the ship.




World Surveillance Group Argus One UAV damaged during demonstration, approved for tethered flights and free flight testing       Aug 30, 2011

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., 30 Aug. 2011. The Argus One airship passed the physical inspection and analysis conducted by the flight safety board at the Yuma proving ground facility in Yuma, Ariz., according to officials at World Surveillance Group Inc. (OTCBB:WSGI), a developer of lighter-than-air unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and related technologies. The safety board has approved the Argus One airship and accompanying onboard systems not only for tethered flights, but also free flight tests.

Company engineers were unable to conduct flight testing of the Argus One UAV at the Yuma proving ground facilities due to an unforeseen incident while maneuvering the UAV into its hangar. The UAV’s envelope suffered minor damage due to unexpected strong wind gusts that hit the Argus One UAV broadside while the airship was being moved into its hangar. The resulting tear to the airship envelope was unrelated to flight capabilities of the airship itself or the accompanying onboard systems, affirms a company spokesperson.

Eastcor Engineering personnel are helping to repair and enhance the airship's envelope; such repairs should be completed by September 9. W

SGI officials are discussing new flight test dates with the flight operators at the Yuma proving ground facility, anticipate finalizing dates shortly, and expects to return to Yuma in September or October. Flight testing of the Argus One will continue in Easton, Md., in preparation of the upcoming Yuma flight exercise.

We remain optimistic about the unique capabilities of our Argus One airship design based on the results from our numerous Easton flight tests,” says WSGI's President and Chief Executive Officer Glenn D. Estrella. “We are actively in discussions with the directors at Yuma to reschedule new testing dates to get back to Yuma as soon as possible and will continue our testing in Easton in the interim."



Une commande de dizaines de dirigeables cargos pour HAV  25 août 2011


Hybrid Air Vehicles, déjà prestataire de l’armée américaine, reçoit une commande allant jusqu’à 45 exemplaires de son aéronef, un dirigeable capable de transporter 50 tonnes.

Reverra-t-on des dirigeables sillonner le ciel comme aux jours de leur gloire dans les années 1930? L’appareil semble retrouver de l’avenir, à en juger par le contrat signé par Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) et annoncée dans le Financial Times et Les Echos.

Cette société anglaise a conclu une commande, pouvant aller jusqu’à 45 exemplaires et deux milliards de livres (2,27 milliards d’euros), de son modèle HAV 366 par Discovery Air Innovations. Discovery Air est un groupe canadien qui compte déjà 130 aéronefs.

Le contrat dépend de la certification de l’appareil. Gary Elliott, PDG de HAV, indique que chaque appareil devrait coûter de 30 à 50 millions de dollars. Ce modèle sera exploitable à partir de 2014, prévoit l’entreprise. Long de 109 mètres, il pourra transporter jusqu’à 50 tonnes de cargaison.

Si HAV communique sur un « véhicule aérien hybride » et non un dirigeable, ce n’est pas uniquement à cause de l’image désuète ou inquiétante de ce dernier (on pense toujours à la catastrophe du Hindenburg en 1937 qui mit fin brutalement à la carrière des dirigeables), mais aussi parce que la version modifiée par HAV, avec des moteurs latéraux, rend l’appareil plus manoeuvrable (voir vidéo). Sa forme plus arrondie le distingue aussi des classiques « cigares ».




Thai war airship going over like a lead zeppelin     

If you're going to fight an Islamic insurgency, you'd think there would be more practical tools than an airship.

But that's just what Thailand has been using to track militants in its restive southern provinces. Its manned Aeros 40D Sky Dragon, manufactured by California-based Aeros, has again run into technical trouble, making an emergency landing in the south's Pattani Province recently.

The Sky Dragon developed propeller problems and began losing altitude. It sustained some damage in an emergency landing, but no one was hurt, the Bangkok Post reported.

The 350 million baht ($11.7 million) U.S.-built craft has been seen as a boondoggle in Thailand due to problems with equipment and delays in delivery. It was returned to Aeros last year following major leaks, according to the paper.

Because the warranty has expired, the Royal Thai Army will have to pay for repairs.

The airship has a rigid structure and is thus not a blimp, and it measures 11.6 yards wide by 51 yards long. It's supposed to fly up to an altitude of 10,000 feet with a top speed of 54.6 mph. Its operational range is 348 miles.

The military has been using the dirigible for surveillance in the insurgency, which has claimed thousands of lives. It's been equipped with high-def night cameras and communications systems.

Opposition politicians, though, have ridiculed the "spy blimp," saying it takes fuzzy pictures and is a sitting duck for insurgents as problems have caused it to fly only up to 3,000 feet.

You might be surprised to learn that airships, vulnerable to strong winds and enemy fire, have been used in military operations since World War I, when Germany used them to bomb London.

Aeros, meanwhile, has imagined a new generation of war dirigibles that can carry infantry units and even heavy armor into the battlefield. In the wild promo vid below, its $40 million Aeroscraft concept airship can deliver "ship-like payloads" via "helicopter-like operations" without the need for a runway




Jegun (32) : un célèbre pilote de dirigeable décède après un accident de moto      Jeudi 18 août 2011 


Pierre Ponomareff est mort des suites de ses blessures, après avoir été victime d'une collision au guidon de sa moto

Le motard grièvement blessé mardi après-midi dans la collision de son deux-roues avec une automobiliste au lieu-dit La Bâtisse, n’a pas survécu à ses blessures.

Pierre Ponomareff s’est éteint au centre hospitalier de Rangueil à Toulouse où il avait été héliporté après l’accident. Le célèbre pilote de dirigeable installé à Fleurance depuis de nombreuses années, avait 62 ans





Giant blimp crashes into 94-year-old woman's    August 15, 2011


A blimp crash-landed in the backyard of a 94-year-old Ohio woman after breaking free of its moorings at an airport during a storm, police said.

When it finally touched down Sunday, the deflated airship blanketed a picnic table and some bird feeders in Lillian Bernhagen's backyard in Worthington, Ohio.

Bernhagen said she heard a loud bang outside her window early Sunday, but didn't realize what had happened until cops showed up seven hours later.

"I looked out the window and I said, 'Wow!'" she said. "I didn't expect to see one on the ground. I've only ever seen one in the air."






Une dame de 94 ans trouve un dirigeable dans son jardin


Quelle ne fut pas la surprise de Lillian, 94 ans, lorsque la police est venue frapper à sa porte par un beau dimanche matin pour lui annoncer qu'un dirigeable gisait dans son jardin!

La vieille dame, qui n'avait rien remarqué, a ouvert de grands yeux lorsqu'elle a ouvert la porte de sa cour et qu'elle a découvert une immense toile recouvrant sa table de jardin et sa volière.

C'est la météo qui a causé le crash du dirigeable, qui faisait la publicité d'une marque de vodka dans le ciel de l'Ohio. De violents orages ont fait tomber l'appareil qui, heureusement, n'a pas fait de dégâts.

Lillian, loin d'être fâchée par l'incident, a déclaré que c'était une chance d'avoir un dirigeable dans son jardin. "Je ne m'attendais pas à en voir un sur le sol. Je n'en ai vu que dans le ciel! C'est vraiment un événement d'avoir un dirigeable dans votre jardin. J'ai regardé par la fenêtre et j'ai dit 'Wow'!", a expliqué la vieille dame pleine d'enthousiasme, rapporte




Juillet 2011                       July 2011

HALE-D unmanned airship's first flight cut short   July 28, 2011


AKRON, Ohio, 28 July 2011. U.S. Army and Lockheed Martin officials launched their unmanned airship -- the High Altitude Long Endurance-Demonstrator -- for the first time. The aircraft reached an altitude of about 32,000 feet, however, a technical problem prevented the airship from attaining its target altitude of 60,000 feet forcing the HALE-D team to terminate the flight.

The aircraft descended without incident to a predetermined landing zone in southwestern Pennsylvania. Lockheed Martin officials are coordinating with state and local authorities to recover the airship. Company officials say that "no injuries or damage were experienced during this landing in a heavily wooded area."

"While we didn't reach the target altitude, first flights of new technologies like HALE-D also afford us the ability to learn and test with a mind toward future developments," says Dan Schultz, vice president ship and aviation systems for Lockheed Martin's Mission Systems & Sensors business.

The unmanned airship was being used to demonstrate technologies on its flight such as communications links, launch and control of the airship, solar array electricity generation and remote piloting communications and control capability.

The solar-powered HALE-D is designed to hover 12 miles above the earth's surface for extended periods of time. Lockheed Martin is in the process of recovering the airship and will conduct a full evaluation. 

The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command (SMDC/ARSTRAT) is the program office that contracted with Lockheed Martin to develop the High Altitude Airship program. 

The airship will be a stationery long-term overhead platform for a telecommunications relay system.




Giant Spy Blimp Battle Could Decide Surveillance’s Future  6 July 2011


How many giant experimental spy blimps does the military need over Afghanistan, exactly?

That’s one of many questions the Senate Armed Services Committee is asking after an intramilitary battle has erupted over what many expect to be the future of aerial surveillance. The Army and the Air Force each have their own football field-sized airships in the works; the Senate panel wants to know why it should pay for both — especially as the Air Force seems fickle about its model and keeps changing the spy sensors on board. Legislators are asking: What gives?

This is more than some obscure bureaucratic hair-pull. The answer to those questions — and the winners of those fights — could determine the direction of U.S. intelligence-gathering for years to come.




The 2011 New York City Blimp Race   4 July 2011


For the first time in 25 years, a fleet of blimps darted across the Manhattan skyline in the Great Blimp Race of 2011. Perhaps darted is too strong – maybe floated or wobbled would be more appropriate. DirectTV, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield and Hangar One Vodka’s blimps participated in the race from the Statue of Liberty all the way to Midtown Manhattan. As I write this, official results have not been published, but from my Brooklyn vantage point it looked as though DirecTV had a definite lead with Hangar One trailing just behind the Horizon Blimp.




videos on YOUTUBE :



Great Blimp Race 1986    On page of Bunky


the Great Blimp Race in conjunction with the Statue of Liberty Centennial Celebrations! The race finish was as follows: 

winner  Fuji Film Skyship 500

2 place - Resorts International Casino Skyship 600

3rd place - McDonald's WDL Airship

4th place - Citibank Skyship 500

The white unmarked Skyship 600 was the New York Daily News press blimp

2 Goodyear blimps in the area did not participate in the blimp race.




Juin 2011                       June 2011

Bientôt un dirigeable dans le ciel de Paris    23.06.2011

Le prototype de dirigeable nouvelle génération a été dévoilé hier au Salon du Bourget. Il pourrait voler à l’été 2012 au-dessus des voies sur berge.

Petit à petit, le rêve devient réalité. Lancé il y a plus de quatre ans, le projet de réinventer le dirigeable en Ile-de-France s’est incarné hier au Salon du Bourget. Pour la première fois, le prototype mis au point par les équipes de l’ENS Cachan et le collectif de chercheurs Dirisoft (financé par la mairie de Paris et le conseil régional d’Ile-de-France) a été dévoilé.

Le premier vol officiel pourrait avoir lieu l’année prochaine au-dessus des voies sur berge parisiennes quand elles seront rendues aux piétons.

Exemplaire de test scientifique, le MC 500 n’est pas spectaculaire : son enveloppe a une capacité de 500 m3 et il mesure 22 m de long, un « petit format ». « Mais il nous sert à mettre au point notre projet de dirigeable nouvelle génération, de 2 000 m3, qu’on espère mettre en service rapidement », explique Hervé Kuhlmann, patron du projet à l’ENS Cachan. Sans pilote, propre grâce à sa pile à combustible, facile à construire, ce dirigeable multi-usages pourra effectuer une grande variété de missions : surveillance de la circulation, mesures de pollution de l’air, campagnes de photographie…

« Ce projet, c’est un peu l’éloge de la lenteur, s’enthousiasme Jean-Louis Missika, adjoint (PS) au maire de Paris en charge de l’innovation. Au Bourget, on voit des bolides hypersoniques, mais Paris a besoin d’être survolé pour des tas d’usages, avec des engins propres, fiables et silencieux. Récemment, un dirigeable ancienne génération a survolé Paris et je vous garantis que le bruit est très gênant. »

Les chercheurs ont réussi un véritable tour de force. Depuis les années 1930 et la fin des Zeppelin, le savoir-faire des dirigeables s’était perdu. « On a voulu intégrer les leçons du passé mais aussi repartir de zéro et tout réinventer, explique Hervé Kuhlmann. Les dirigeables du futur seront des concentrés d’innovation. » Principal changement : le nouveau dirigeable aura une capacité de transport 5 fois supérieure aux anciens. « Avec des dirigeables de 500000 m3 et 250 m de long, on pourra transporter des morceaux de fusée Ariane ou d’Airbus, des pylônes d’éoliennes. Seul le dirigeable peut faire ça à des coûts très faibles. »

Pour l’instant, les exemplaires de transport sont loin d’être achevés. Mais la mairie de Paris, qui finance le projet à hauteur de 200000 €, espère organiser le premier vol public à l’été 2012.



L'ENS Cachan au Salon du Bourget   du 20 juin 2011 au 26 juin 2011

L'École Normale Supérieure de Cachan participera au 49e Salon International de l’Aéronautique du Bourget qui se tiendra du 20 au 26 juin prochain. Venez découvrir un tout nouveau moyen de transport: le dirigeable MC500.

L'ENS Cachan, en partenariat avec Dirisoft Recherche, présentera un moyen de transport basé sur un système aérostatique vectorisé : il s'agit d'un dirigeable de nouvelle génération, le modèle réduit MC500 (500 m3).

Dirisoft Recherche a pour mission de fédérer des unités de recherche française, définir une politique scientifique et participer à la promotion du vecteur "dirigeable". Le projet implique, entre autres, deux laboratoires de l'École :

le SATIE (Systèmes et applications des technologies de l'information) qui met en place une thèse de doctorat basée sur l'hybridation de la motorisation des dirigeables (pile à combustible, batterie, moteur électrique et groupe électrogène, afin d'optimiser au mieux les systèmes de propulsion) ;



Northrop: LEMV On Track For 1st Flight This Year    June 22nd, 2011 | Paris Air Show 2011


By BRADLEY PENISTON • PARIS — On June 11, Northrop Grumman partially inflated the three-fabric bag that will help lift its LEMV airship on a first flight later this year, said Alan Metzger, the company’s vice president and integrated program team leader of LEMV and airship programs.

It was an unofficial milestone on a program that has hit all of its official ones, Metzger said. One year ago, the U.S. Army signed Northrop to a $517 million deal to build three lighter-than-air (LTA) surveillance vehicles and provide up to five years of support.

The largest airship built in a half-century, the 300-foot LEMV is designed to loft a 2,500-pound payload up to 30,000 feet for three weeks at a time, he said. In April, the carbon-fiber composite frame was largely complete; in May, the airship’s German Centurion engines arrived for testing.

Metzger said Northrop will deliver the first LEMV by year’s end, and the Army to declare it initially operationally capable soon thereafter.

If that happens, the airship will have gone from concept to flying in 18 months.



Goodyear Blimp Bursts Into Flames and Crashes, Killing Pilot     June 14th


A Goodyear blimp burst into flames Sunday evening in the western region of Germany, killing the pilot, while three passengers were able to survive the accident, local media reported.

Spiegel Online reported that fires broke out in both engines of the blimp as it was attempting to land in the town of Reichelsheim, in the district of Wetteraukreis, which is located in Hesse. The airship was being operated by tire company Goodyear.

According to reports, the Australian pilot warned the three passengers, who are all journalists, that the aircraft was about to crash and told them to jump out of the cabin when the blimp was some two meters (6.6 feet) above the ground.

After the three journalists jumped from the airship, the blimp again rose to a height of about 50 meters (165 feet) above the ground, possibly because it had lost the weight of the passengers which jumped out.

However, as the flames continued to intensify, the pilot was unable to regain control over the airship. It crashed seconds later and a fire completely engulfed the airship.

The survivors include a press photographer and members of a TV crew, which were taking aerial footage of a local festival, reports said, adding that there had been a scent of fuel in the cabin prior to the accident. The journalists managed to take pictures as the airship came down.

It was not immediately clear what caused the accident, but German authorities have launched an investigation to determine the cause.




Aussie pilot killed in airship crash in Germany 







Mai 2011                       May 2011








Goodyear Blimp Program Commits to Future with New Zeppelin Airships  

3 may 2011


AKRON, Ohio, May 3, 2011 – Goodyear and blimps.  Two things that go together like America and apple pie.

And that long-standing tradition continues thanks to a new agreement with German zeppelin manufacturer ZLT Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik – to supply The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company with airships well into the next decade.

"The Goodyear blimp is one of the most recognizable brand icons in the world.  An event isn't considered truly special unless the Goodyear blimp is there to provide aerial coverage," said Richard J. Kramer, Goodyear chairman, chief executive officer and president.  "I am pleased this investment will ensure that future generations will have the opportunity to experience the joy of seeing the Goodyear blimp grace the skies."

During its long operational history, Goodyear has built and operated more than 300 airships – including two large rigid airships the U.S.S. Macon and U.S.S. Akron.

"Our current airships are approaching the end of their lifecycle, and we saw this as an opportunity to take the next evolutionary step in our airship program," said Nancy Jandrokovic, Goodyear’s director of Global Airship Operations. "Throughout the history of blimps, Goodyear has been an innovative leader. With Goodyear and Zeppelin working together again, we believe a new standard is about to set."

The Zeppelin LZ N07 – 101 model airships will be built with Zeppelin and Goodyear airship teams at Goodyear’s Wingfoot Lake Airship Hangar near Akron, Ohio.  Construction on the first airship is scheduled to start in 2013 and begin operating in 2014.




Avril 2011                       April 2011

GoodYear : La Mission Sécurité en France








Le Blimp à la rencontre des vacanciers

Le Blimp de GoodYear arrive en France pour le lancement de la « Mission Sécurité » début avril et sillonnera la région parisienne pendant une quinzaine de jours. Des vols seront organisés pendant toute cette période depuis l’aérodrome de la Ferté-Alais (Cerny) en région parisienne. Il accompagnera les automobilistes sur la route de leurs vacances pendant l’été. Selon le calendrier prévisionnel, il débutera son parcours à Biarritz le 11 juillet 2011 pour le terminer le 07 août à Saint-Tropez, après avoir effectué un tour de France.

Etape 1 :Biarritz Animations 12 &13 juillet 2011
Etape 2 : Tarbes Animations 14/07/2011
Etape 3 : Bordeaux Animations les 16 et 20 juillet du 16 au 20/07/2011
Etape 4 : La Baule Animations les 23 et 24 juillet du 23 au 24/07/2011
Etape 5 : Tours Animations 28/07/2011
Vol Tours – Paris Survol des châteaux de la Loire 29/07/2011
Etape 6 : Paris Animations 30/07/2011
Vol Paris – Avignon via Lyon Survol des aires d’autoroute du 1er au 4 août 2011
Etape 7 : Avignon Animations 05/08/2011
Etape 8 : Saint-Tropez Animations 07/08/2011






The first day of the GOODYEAR "Safety 2" in FRANCE.

At Meaux Esbly LFPE (east of Paris).

Premier jour en FRANCE du dirigeable GOODYEAR "Safety 2"

Le blimp A60+ G-HLEL s'est posé sur l'aérodrome de Meaux- Esbly 


Navy brings blimp squadron back     April 6, 2011


he only lighter-than-air (LTA) platform currently in the Defense Department aviation inventory landed at NAS Jacksonville April 1 to join the Centennial of Naval Aviation celebration during the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force (MPRF) Symposium.
Assigned to Navy Test and Evaluation Squadron (VXS) One, in conjunction with Naval Research Laboratory and Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), the MZ-3A airship represents a return of an airship to naval aviation.
Homeported at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, the MZ-3A is used as an airborne laboratory for military and other government agencies’ science and technology experiments.
“The airship’s slow airspeed and low vibration are qualities that make the MZ-3A a useful platform for experiments,” said NAVAIR Naval Air Warfare Division Public Affairs Officer Billy Ray Brown.
“Its reconnaissance capabilities were used during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon crisis response, when it was dispatched to the Gulf of Mexico to assist with oil tracking and recovery coordination,” added Brown.



The first day of the GOODYEAR "Safety 2" at the mast of Cardington.


Photos of Trevor Munk, you can see on http://cardington.weebly.com/latest-cardington-news.html


Cardington UK, Premier jour au mat du dirigeable GOODYEAR "Safety 2"

Photos de Trevor Munk, visible sur le site http://cardington.weebly.com/latest-cardington-news.html

Mars 2011                       March 2011

Sanswire unveils new unmanned airship 'Argus One'   March 29, 2011


Sanswire Corp., a developer of lighter-than-air unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and related technologies, announced today that it has unveiled the Company's new UAV -- "Argus One." The introduction of Argus One follows the Company's recent filing of a provisional patent application in the United States for the new airship design and illustrates the uniqueness of the Company's UAV design. Argus One, named after the Greek god Argus, the all-seeing god with one hundred eyes, was designed to meet certain requirements for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) applications for the US military and other governmental agencies. Argus One provides governmental and commercial solutions to a UAV market expected to exceed $62 billion by 2015.




Skunk Works P-791 airship revived as civil cargo-lifter                 23/03/11  


Less than a year after losing a major US Army order, Lockheed Martin will revive and scale-up the P-791 hybrid airship to carry at least 20t of cargo under a new contract signed by a Canada-based commercial start-up.

Aviation Capital Enterprises of Calgary has ordered the first airship, which is rebranded the SkyTug, for delivery from Lockheed's Skunk Works division in 2012, says founder Kirk Purdy.

"We're actually well along into the design of a 20t lifter," Purdy says. "The system requirements are close to frozen for that."

While the first SkyTug will be demonstrated next year under an experimental license to potential buyers, Lockheed will deliver a second hybrid airship to Aviation Capital in late-2012 for launching certification tests with the US Federal Aviation Administration, Purdy says. 



Two Goodyear blimps, Spirit of Safety I and II, are travelling across Europe.


Deux dirigeables Goodyear, l'Esprit de Sécurité I & II, voyage à travers l'Europe

Le dirigeable Lightship A60+ "Safety II" sera visible en France du 1 au 17 Avril 2011.






Un Zeppelin à Paris     France Info

A l’heure où le Japon tente désespérément d’éviter une catastrophe nucléaire majeure et que le débat sur l’avenir du nucléaire en France déchaîne toutes les passions, Paris mesure sa radioactivité résiduelle. Mais rien à voir avec l’accident de Fukushima

L’opération était prévue de longue date. Et ce n’est qu’un simple hasard, si elle tombe en même temps que le drame qui secoue le Japon. Quoi qu’il en soit, depuis le début de la semaine dernière, un dirigeable, un Zeppelin, quadrille la capitale à la recherche du moindre taux de radioactivité. Cette cartographie de Paris est effectuée régulièrement pour le compte du Secrétariat Général de la Défense et de la Sécurité Nationale. Mais c’est la première fois au monde, qu’elle est réalisée avec un dirigeable.

S’il est peu bruyant, ce Zeppelin ne passe pas inaperçu. Avec ses 75 mètres de long et son volume de 8400 mètres cubes, il survole les toits parisiens à une hauteur comprise entre 100 et 150 mètres. Cet appareil vient de Friedrichshafen sur les bords du lac de Constance en Allemagne et fief historique des Zeppelin.

Pourtant dans l’esprit du grand public, le Zeppelin reste associé à l’accident du Hindeburg, s’enflammant lors de son amarrage sur l’aérodrome de Lakehurst près de New York en 1936. Car à l’époque, les dirigeables étaient gonflés non pas à l’hélium mais à l’hydrogène, très inflammable.

Après Paris, le Zeppelin NT doit effectuer la même opération à Strasbourg, la semaine prochaine. D’un coût cinq fois inférieur à celui d’un hélicoptère, Nersi Razavi pense pour ce Zeppelin, à d’autres missions, surveillance des villes, de pollutions diverses, vols touristiques ou campagnes publicitaires, peut-être le renouveau du dirigeable.

Nersi Razavi président de la société Airshipvision qui a affrété ce dirigeable.




Un ballon dirigeable survole la capitale à basse altitude depuis le 12 mars. Il mesure la radioactivité ambiante.










Le dirigeable a commencé ses mesures à La Défense  France 3.fr le 13/03/2011 | 17:33

Le dirigeable chargé de faire des mesures de radioactivité et de pollution survolait Paris dimanche

Un ballon dirigeable survoler Paris à basse altitude. Il naviguera pendant une semaine afin de mesurer la radioactivité de la capitale.
 Ce ballon transporte des capteurs capables de mesurer la radioactivité ambiante, qu'elle soit d'origine naturelle ou artificielle.



Journal "OUEST FRANCE" http://www.ouest-france.fr/ofdernmin_-Un-dirigeable-mesure-la-radioactivite-dans-le-ciel-de-Paris_6346-1725438-fils-tous_filDMA.Htm




Affrêté par AIRSHIPVISION le dirigeable ZEPPELIN NT 07 N° 3 s'est posé Vendredi 11 Mars en fin d'après midi sur l'aéroport Parisien du Bourget.

Stationné sur la base aéronavale de Dugny.

Photos visibles sur la page : http://www.blimp-n2a.com/albums.htm

Photographié le 12 Mars 2011

A voir une vidéo du ZEPPELIN NT sur YOUTUBE  Cliquez sur le lien ci-dessous :



Un dirigeable va survoler Paris une semaine pour mesurer la radioactivité  (AFP) 11 Mars 2011


















PARIS — Un ballon dirigeable va survoler Paris à basse altitude à partir de samedi et pendant une semaine afin de mesurer la radioactivité de la capitale, a annoncé vendredi la préfecture de police de Paris (PP).

"Ce ballon transportera des capteurs capables de mesurer la radioactivité ambiante, qu'elle soit d'origine naturelle ou artificielle", a expliqué la PP.

Ce survol de la capitale, qui doit démarrer samedi "sous réserve des conditions météorologiques", intervient dans le cadre d'un programme de recherche scientifique "suivi par le Secrétariat Général de la Défense et de la Sécurité Nationale (SGDSN)", a précisé la PP.

Une source proche du dossier a indiqué que les conditions météorologiques, peu favorables pour le moment, pourraient entraîner un report du lancement du ballon.

Cette mission "permettra en outre de disposer d?une cartographie de référence de la ville facilitant la détection ultérieure d?éventuelles anomalies", a ajouté la PP.

L'altitude du ballon dirigeable sera située entre 150 et 200 mètres.


Insolite: Un dirigeable au-dessus de Paris   (Paris.fr)


Der Zeppelin NT auf Mission


(PresseBox) Berlin, 11.03.2011, Am heutigen Freitag stieg der Zeppelin NT zur ersten Mission in dieser Saison in den Himmel auf. Noch vor Beginn der Saison für Passagierflüge wird das Luftschiff als Messplattform über Paris eingesetzt. Für die in 2012 geplanten Forschungsmissionen soll im April 2012 ein zweites Luftschiff in Betrieb genommen werden. Weitere Sondermissionen bis ins Jahr 2014 sind bereits im Gespräch und in der technischen Prüfung.

Vor dem Saisonbeginn für die Passagierflüge ist der Zeppelin NT wieder auf einer Sondermission unterwegs. Um 9:00 Uhr startete der Zeppelin NT heute zu einer Reise nach Paris. Dort ist er als fliegende Messplattform über einen Zeitraum von fünf Tagen für eine staatliche Behörde im Einsatz. Für diese Mission träg die Luftschiffhülle auch eine neue Werbeaufschrift. Am 21. März wird der Zeppelin NT in Friedrichshafen zurück erwartet. "Nach Abschluss der Mission können wir über weitere Details berichten", verspricht Dietmar Blasius, Leiter Sonderprojekte bei der ZLT Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik GmbH & Co. KG. Ab Freitag, den 25. März 2011, startet das Luftschiff dann wieder täglich zu Rundflügen über dem Bodensee.



Giant Goodyear Blimp is returning to skies

Goodyear airships, more commonly known as ‘blimps’, have graced the skies for more than 85 years and used to be a familiar sight across  the region, when they were based at Halfpenny Green Airport,  just west of Wolverhampton. They remain icons for the brand — but have not been flown in the UK or in the rest of Europe since 1999.Now the tyre firm, which employs around 400 workers at its Wolverhampton plant, has commissioned a new pair of blimps, Spirit of Safety I and Spirit of Safety II.One will begin a UK tour later this month — and will again be based at Halfpenny Green for the Midland leg,  in the first two weeks of April.Goodyear Dunlop’s European president Arthur de Bok confirmed at the Geneva Motor Show that the blimps were being brought back to promote a road safety message.He said the firm’s market research suggested that too many motorists lacked vital knowledge about road safety.

The new UK airship has been constructed at Bedford and, at around 150ft in length, will be smaller than the monster 200ft blimps that the firm continues to use in the US.Power to manouevre the giant airship comes from a pair of VW Beetle engines, while the familiar blue and yellow Goodyear livery has to be laboriously attached to the outer layer of the blimp using A4-sized pieces of material. Once complete it takes the best part of a week to fill with helium.

The UK blimp will be have a crew of two and be able to accommodate up to three passengers.

Hugues Despres, Goodyear European brand director, said: “The Goodyear Blimp will take the lead on a number of road safety initiatives as it becomes the focal point for the firm’s consumer-based activities and events.”



Février 2011                       February 2011

Goodyear Blimps to promote road safety

2 blimps LIGHTSHIP


Goodyear has unveiled the first details of its eagerly awaited Safety Tour, which marks the return of the famous Goodyear Blimps to Europe for the first time since 1999.

From the end of this month until October 2011, two of the famous airships will visit 20 European countries. The campaign will be named ‘The Goodyear Safety Tour’ highlighting the work of the tyre giant in improving road safety

“In each country visited by the Goodyear Blimps, we will take the lead in promoting road safety messages using innovative campaigns, high profile events and social media to engage with drivers and their families. The Blimps will be the heroes of a tour that embraces road safety initiatives across Europe” said Hugues Despres, Goodyear Brand Director.

Over the coming weeks, Goodyear will reveal full details of the road safety initiatives and major events that will be promoted by their aerial ambassadors, named ‘Spirit of Safety I’ and ‘Spirit of Safety II’, in each country and today reveal the type of events where the European public can get their first sighting of a Goodyear Blimp for over a decade.

For example, in Austria and Switzerland, The Goodyear Safety Tour will take place during the summer school holiday season with a series of road safety events, targeting families and young road users.

Across Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg, the blimp will be the figurehead of a research study into the road safety attitudes of the drivers in the three countries and Goodyear has agreed local partnerships with verbeterjebuurt.nl (improve your neighborhood) and speelstraten.be (safe play streets). Goodyear will be using their Safety Tour website as a way for residents to highlight road safety issues to these organisations.

In Germany, a series of major, high profile events will play host to the Goodyear Safety Tour with the Tour conducted in close cooperation with renowned partners such as the AvD (automobile club), Deutsche Verkehrswacht (safety initiative), the Federal Ministry of Transport and the charity organisation “Ein Herz für Kinder” (A Heart for Children)

In the United Kingdom the Goodyear Safety Tour aims to bring road safety to life. Surveys on the tour will raise awareness of the Highway Code, in particular linking it to the importance of checking tread depths and pressures. In October, Goodyear will run a set of Road Safety Days teaching participants about safer driving – overlooked by the guiding presence of ‘Spirit of Safety I’.

Over the last decade, Goodyear Blimps have been ‘on tour’ in the USA and China, but this tour marks the first European tour since 1999. Between March and October, the Goodyear Blimp will visit 20 countries, with the tour starting in the UK later this month.         www.goodyearblimp.co.uk



Unmanned Airship To Launch This Year   February 2, 2011


Northrop Grumman said this week it will launch a remotely piloted airship designed for military use sometime this summer. The airship will be more than 300 feet long and 70 feet tall, and capable of staying aloft for more than three weeks at a time. The Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle (LEMV) is designed for use by the Army as a surveillance and reconnaissance platform. Alan Metzger, the leader of Northrop Grumman's airship team, said the ship will be ready for hull inflation in the spring and first flight by mid-to-late summer. Test flights should be complete by the end of the year, and in 2012 the LEMV will participate in an Army Joint Military Utility Assessment in an operational environment. "As you can imagine, it's a very aggressive schedule to deliver from concept-to-combat in [an 18-month] period," Metzger said.

The LEMV system will provide "plug-and-play" payload capability for military missions, Metzger said. "The system rapidly accommodates next-generation sensors as emerging field requirements dictate, and will provide increased operational utility to battlefield commanders," he said. "The LEMV system provides a high level of fuel efficiency ... it utilizes approximately 3,500 gallons of fuel for the air vehicle to remain aloft for a 21-day period of service, that's approximately $11,000 at commercial prices." Northrop Grumman's industry team includes Hybrid Air Vehicles, Ltd., of the United Kingdom, Warwick Mills, ILC Dover, AAI Corporation, and SAIC. Northrop Grumman will lead the flight and ground control operations for the unmanned vehicle to safely take off and land in worldwide operations. The Army has reportedly invested $517 million in the project, which will produce three airships.



Northrop Grumman completes CDR for LEMV hybrid airship


WAPA) - Northrop Grumman's program for the development of a new hybrid airship -LEMV, Long Endurance Intelligence Multi Vehicle- which can be operating in the skies up to 21 days, for US Army, is going on.

Last week, and exactly on February 1, 2011, the American company announced that it has completed the fourth step in the development of the aircraft, consisting of the CDR, Critical Design Review, which according to vice-president of the corporation and integrated program team leader of LEMV and airship program Alan Metzger "Provided an in-depth review of the complete system design of the program giving us the opportunity to assess where we are in our development and air vehicle production".

Metzger also explained what will be the next stages in the program for the next ten months: "We'll have hull inflation in the spring and first flight of the airship test article by phase, we expect to transition to a government facility and conduct our final acceptance long endurance flight just before year's end. In early 2012, LEMV will participate in an Army Joint Military Utility Assessment in an operational environment".



 Janvier 2011                       January 2011

Airship builder returns to KSC   January 16, 2011


A Maryland company has relocated to Kennedy Space Center with the intention of refining and selling its 111-foot unmanned airship, adding another player to an economic niche that could help the move the county beyond the loss of the space shuttle program.

Sanswire Corp. opened an office Dec. 15 near Space Florida's offices at the KSC Visitor Complex. It will have just a handful of people on staff initially but could employ dozens of engineers and technicians if and when buyers come forward or government funding is secured.

"The faster the orders come in, the quicker we'll ramp up the staff. I think there's a plethora of talented people in this area," CEO Glenn Estrella said, noting that the skilled work force was a factor in the relocation.

"Just in the hallways you see retired astronauts and folks who have been at NASA for generations," he said.

The STS-111 is an 111-foot long, lighter-than-air unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV, that could provide days' of inexpensive surveillance or operational support at a fraction of the cost of a satellite.

Space Florida President Frank DiBello said he believes the fledgling company could help lure other unmanned aerial vehicle development companies to KSC, which could generate much-needed high-tech jobs.

"By having them operate and fly out of the Cape we become a center of operations and applications development," DiBello said. "It will attract other UAV companies and mission providers. It's part of a larger initiative on our part to increase the number and kind of vehicles flying from the Cape."




Lockheed P791 Hybrid Air Vehicle and other related vehicles  January 06, 2011

Lockheed Martin's is working on the P791 Hybrid Air Vehicle. It can be designed as an unmanned or manned intelligence gatherer or transport vehicle. As an eye in the sky, this remarkable airship can stay aloft for up to three weeks at an altitude of 20,000 feet. Loaded with cameras, infrared sensors, communications relays, and other payloads, the Hybrid Air Vehicle can provide American and allied forces a clear picture of the battlefield. As a transport vehicle, the Hybrid Air Vehicle can be sized to move equipment and troops cost effectively to unimproved forward areas.


Airship is training Navy pilots, not covering sports     


AVON PARK - Highlands County residents may have wondered if there was big sporting event going on with the recent batch of blimp sightings.

Turns out it's a U.S. Navy blimp, though, and a Maryland-based company is using it to train U.S. Navy pilots to fly the airship.

The 178-foot long, 55-foot high and 45-foot wide airship, temporarily housed at the Avon Park Executive Airport, is hard to miss.

The Navy has found a lot of uses for the airships and they are trying to bring them back into service, said Jonathan Perry, assistant crew manager with Integrated Systems Solutions Inc.

"Most of us have come from the commercial world where we did sporting events in the air with the same type of airships," he said. "We are refamiliarizing them [Navy] with the knowledge to operate them and use them, and training their pilots because our pilots are trained and have many, many years of flight hours."

The U.S. Army and U.S. Navy used blimps for coastal patrol and to escort coastal convoys during World War II. Military use of blimps ceased in 1962, but new designs and new surveillance technology has renewed interest in the airships.

The Navy airship flew three days to Avon Park, making three stops, from the Naval Air Engineering Station at Lakehurst, New Jersey.

With its two turbo-propeller 280 horsepower engines, the airship has a cruising speed of 30 knots and typically flies at 1,500 feet, according to Perry.

The airship is non-rigid with no framework like the old zeppelins. Its envelope, which is a type of Kevlar, is filled with helium not hydrogen, he noted.

A crew of 17 followed the airship and its two pilots by road in a caravan of vehicles including: a fuel truck, lift mast truck, an SUV, a van and three trailers.

When they left New Jersey on Dec. 19, it was 17 degrees with 12 inches of snow on the ground, Perry noted.

A fixed-wing pilot usually needs nine to 12 months of flight training in an airship, which is operated with cables and pulleys and no hydraulics, Perry said. "It's a workout; it's a job flying that thing; you go up there for three or four hours and you are ready to stop."

Landing is the most challenging part of flight, Perry said.

The ground crew lines up in a V with four men grabbing each of two ropes that hang from the front of the aircraft. A man on each side of the gondola (pilots' cockpit) holds onto a rail.

With the engines still running, they walk it toward a mast on which a man has climb who secures a nipple on the front of the ship with locks on the mast.

Lead bags are used to ballast the ship depending on the temperature and how many people are on board.

About every two months the airship may need some helium, which is released in measured amounts when the envelope expands due to changes in the weather, Perry said. A tanker truck is called in to resupply the lighter-than-air gas.

The airship is scheduled to take off today at 1:30 p.m. for a two-hour flight, Perry said. The blimp will be in Avon Park for another month.

"The government is starting to see there are a lot of useful things for airships," Perry said. "I think we will see airships back in the flow of things."













































































































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