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Nb Fly 2012 Matricule Modèle Fabricant / Manufacture Opérateur / Operator Pays / Country
1 OK N-560VL A60+ 05 American Blimp Corp / TLG METLIFE  Snoopy 1 USA
2 OK N-620LG A60+ 20 American Blimp Corp / TLG BUDWEISER Tour 2013 USA
3 OK G-HLEL A60+ 10 American Blimp Corp / TLG GOODYEAR Safety 1 Europa
4 OK N-614LG A60+ 14 American Blimp Corp / TLG METLIFE  Alico Japan
5 OK N-615LG A60+ 15 American Blimp Corp / TLG METLIFE  Snoopy 2 USA
6 OK N-154ZP A170-02 American Blimp Corp / TLG DIRECTV USA
7 OK MZ-3A A170-xx American Blimp Corp / TLG Us-Navy  USA
8 ???? N-818AC A40D AEROS Test flight USA
9 ???? N-819AC A40D AEROS BERET Airlines CHINA
10 ???? N-820AC A40D # 21 AEROS Surveillance Taihland
13 OK N-704LZ NT07-100 04 ZEPPELIN NT  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
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 2012 Germany
37 OK W77BBF Nephelios Sol'R Test flight  FRANCE
38 OK B-9007 CA-80 VANTAGE AIRSHIP Advertising CHINA
Novembre  2013                           November 2013
 Navy blimp returning to Baltimore region       November 06, 2013|

Aircraft is continuing an aerial mapping mission, which began in September


Though it has only been gone a few weeks, the Navy blimp will once again make its return to the Baltimore skies.

The 178-foot airship, which is owned by the government and primarily used for research, will continue a mission to test aerial mapping sensors for the Army starting Nov. 12. The trek will begin in Beltsville and later continue to the Baltimore region, although a spokesman for the Naval Research Laboratory couldn't say exactly when the blimp could be spotted in the area.


Octobre  2013                                 October 2013

Giant, White 'Cloud Lab' Blimp Flying High Across Las Vegas Skies    Oct 30, 2013

LAS VEGAS -- It's billed as the world's largest airship and on Wednesday plenty of people wanted to know why a giant white blimp was flying over parts of Las Vegas. Several viewers wrote in on the 8 News NOW Facebook page wondering what was up. Turns out, the ship is on a cross-country voyage funded by the British Broadcasting Corporation. On board, a team of researchers are on a mission to investigate all sorts of things, including weather, climate change and if there really is life beyond Earth.

"The team, which includes an entomologist, meteorologist and professional explorer, is also hoping to shed light on the creation of clouds and the relationship between diverse ecosystems and weather," the BBC website said.

The program is set to air sometime next year on the BBC. You can follow the blimp's commute across the U.S. on Twitter here.


'Cloud Lab' blimps completes Central Coast cloud experiment, floats away         Oct 17, 2013
The "Cloud Lab" also known as Skyship 600, hovered over the skies of Salinas, Santa Cruz, and the Monterey Bay this week to conduct an atmospheric experiment studying things that live in clouds.

Cloud Lab gathered data for a month-long expedition being conducted by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Onboard is a team of British scientists studying insect life, the relationship between trees and the air we breathe, and how hurricanes form. 

The 68-foot-tall blimp is powered by a pair of turbo-boosted Porsche engines that can push the blimp to a top speed of 57 mph. 

The blimp is equipped with instruments that will try to collect microbes, including bacteria and fungi, that may live inside of clouds, helping scientists search for life in them.

A blimp this size usually accommodates two pilots and 13 passengers, but on this expedition, it's packed with computers, experiment hardware, and has room for only eight TV and science crew members.

Cloud Lab wrapped up its data collection Wednesday evening and floated away from the Central Coast. Scientists are now heading back in the United Kingdom to begin analyzing the data they collected over one month, eight states, 23 airfields, and two oceans.
Take In The View From Behind The Controls Of The Horizon Blimp
There Are 56 Certified Blimp Pilots In The Country

NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — From the Super Bowl and the World Series to the U.S. Open blimps have become familiar sights, but less than 60 people in the United States are licensed to fly them. For the past 15 years the Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield blimp has become a community regular, CBS 2′s Alex Denis reported. The blimp has been seen cruising in the sky over the Jersey Shore, but creating a smooth path for the flying billboard isn’t always easy.

There are only 25 blimps in operation around the world and 10 in the U.S. where 56 pilots are certified to fly them.

“There are more space shuttle pilots in the world than there are blimp pilots,” Pilot Terry Dillard told CBS 2′s Denis at the Allaire Airport in Farmingdale, “I’m a pretty lucky guy.” Riding in a blimp is a different experience from being in an airplane or a helicopter. The aircraft glides through the sky with a light bounce and the fate of the flight is heavily dictated by weather and the surfaces below. The Horizon blimp holds 3 passengers and a driver. The blimp doesn’t have a bathroom but there are windows and a radio. From 1,000 ft. in the air the blimp offers a spectacular view of the sky and the ground. Wheels on either side of the driver’s seat are used to direct the blimp up and down and foot pedals steer the craft right and left. The blimp is held in the air by 68,000 cubic feet of helium and twin 80 engines which can shut off mid-flight. Landing and lift off are the most crucial times in a blimp flight, both involve a coordinated dance between the pilot and the ground crew.

'World's largest airship' lands in Galveston for research, TV show     October 1, 2013

A BBC-funded team of international scientists arrived this weekend in a blimp, described by the BBC as the world's largest airship, that they're using to conduct research as part of an upcoming television series.

The group is in Galveston studying clouds as a part of a coast-to-coast trip aboard the Skyship 600 as they study the largely unknown atmosphere above our heads and just below space itself.

Airport director Hud Hopkins said the Cloud Lab crew has been at Scholes since Saturday afternoon doing research.

"They have a 20-person crew on the ground monitoring things and five people inside the blimp," said Hopkins. The team includes entomologists, weather specialists and professional explorers.

Agencies including NASA, NOAA, JPL, and the United States Geological Survey are all on board lending a hand to the BBC team.

The crew is traveling from Florida to California over a month-long stretch, according to a BBC press release, exposing the blimp to a variety of clouds and the things that exist in them. They are studying particles in the clouds to see what effect they have on weather and life on the ground.

“The 100 kilometers or so of air above our heads is all that separates us from space. It’s in every breath we take and makes Earth habitable," said Cloud Lab series producer, James Van Der Pool in a BBC release. "Yet for all its centrality to the health of the planet there’s a lot we still don’t know about the atmosphere." 

They want to look into what type of air causes rain, and figure out at what altitude life becomes impossible. 

The rough weather on Tuesday affected the group's work so it is currently docked at Scholes, said Hopkins. It could also affect when they leave Galveston. Depending on the weather they could back on the road by Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning.

While the crew isn't working, they have been staying at a hotel on the island.

Hopkins said the group has enjoyed their time in Galveston.


Setpembre 2013                           September 2013
Navy Airship to Conduct Operations in the DC Metro Region - See more at:
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What’s With the Military Blimp Patrolling the Skies Near D.C.?
Navy Airship to Conduct Operations in the DC Metro Region - See more at:
Navy Airship to Conduct Operations in the DC Metro Region - See more at:

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and the Navy's sole Science & Technology research squadron, Scientific Development Squadron ONE (VXS-1), will operate the MZ-3A lighter-than-air "blimp" in the regions surrounding Washington, D.C. beginning Sept. 21.

Mobile mooring of the MZ-3A airshipOwned by the U.S. Navy, the MZ-3A is stationed at Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, Md. (PAX) and is operated under the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and Scientific Development Squadron ONE (VXS-1).
(Photo: U.S. Navy)

Operating under the special approval of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the Navy MZ-3A will conduct aerial mapping operations within the Washington D.C. Flight Restriction Zone (DCA-FRZ) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, (USDA-ARS) Beltsville, Md., and at U.S. Army Fort Belvoir located in Fairfax, Va.

In addition, the MZ-3A will conduct mapping operations within the DCA-Special Flight Restrictions Area (DCA-SFRA) and at times will traverse the region to the north to Frederick Municipal Airport (FDK) in Maryland and to the southwest near Culpepper, Va., (CJR) before ending operations Oct. 5 and departing to the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J.

During special flight operations, the FAA will issue pertinent Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) information regarding visual and instrument (VFR/IFR) flight plans to the region and at all times will maintain radio communication and flight following as required or requested on designated and approved Air Traffic Control (ATC) radio frequencies.

The MZ-3A is government-owned and contractor-operated. The contractor, Integrated Systems Solutions, Inc., (ISSI) employs highly qualified commercial blimp pilots whom the Navy has approved to command the airship. ISSI airship pilots have completed Special Awareness Training for the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area and have previously operated within the DCA SFRA/FRZ.

Built by American Blimp Corporation, the MZ-3A is propeller-driven by two 180 horsepower Lycoming engines producing a top speed just under 50 knots with an operational payload capability of up to 2,500 pounds. The manned 178-foot LTA craft can remain aloft and nearly stationary for more than twelve hours, performing various missions in support of technology development for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) concepts.

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Scientists scour the clouds for signs of life       19 Sep 2013

Scientists have begun an expedition to scour the Earth’s clouds for new species of life and to understand what role bacteria play in helping clouds to form.

The team of researchers set off on Wednesday morning in an airship that will fly at up to 8,000 feet to collect air samples, which they will analyse for bacteria, fungi and other organisms living there.

They will also collect air at 25,000 feet during a high altitude parachute jump in an attempt to find microbes that may survive suspended high in the Earth’s atmosphere.

The research is part of a wider mission being filmed by the BBC, called Cloud Lab, that is aiming to gather new data about the formation and life of clouds in the sky.

The airship will travel around 2,000 miles from the east coast of Florida to the west coast of California collecting samples from clouds it passes through.

Scientists will also attempt to measure how much water can be found in clouds and how much energy is stored by them ahead of a lightning strike.

The Aluminum Airship of the Future Has Finally Flown       9/13/13 GIZMODO

There was once a time when man looked to the skies and expected to see giant balloons rather than airplanes drifting above. The Hindenburg Disaster promptly put an end to those dreams. But nearly a century later, one company may have finally figured out how to build a dirigible suitable for the 21st century. Just don't call it a blimp.

This fully rigid airship, dubbed the Aeroscraft, differs fundamentally from, say, the Goodyear blimp. Blimps, by definition, have no internal structure and maintain their shapes only through the pressure of the gas they contain; when the gas escapes, they deflate like the gigantic balloons they are. Rigid airships, like zeppelins before them, maintain their shape regardless of gas pressure thanks to an internal skeleton structure—the Hindenburg utilized highly flammable balsa wood, but the Aeroscraft's is made of aluminum and carbon fiber—and maintains its buoyancy with a series of gas-filled bladders. And unlike hybrid airships, the Aeroscraft doesn't require forward momentum to generate lift via a set of wings. It's all helium power.

The Aeroscraft has been under development by Aeros Corp, the world's largest airship and blimp maker, since 1996. The project has received over $35 million in R&D funds and the government has even lent the company a couple of NASA boffins to help develop the aerodynamics and control systems. And with the successful launch of its half-scale prototype, the Pelican, last weekend, the investment looks to have paid off. The future of lighter-than-air travel looks to be imminently upon us.


Airship-Paris propose des vols en ballon dirigeable

La société Airship-Paris propose des vols commerciaux à bord d’un ballon dirigeable de type Zeppelin au départ de l’aéroport de Paris-Pontoise à Cormeilles en Vexin.

Du 3 août jusqu’à la fin du mois d’octobre 2013, Airship-Paris vous invite à découvrir ce nouveau mode de transport pour observer d’en haut la campagne environnante -des paysages et châteaux du nord-ouest de la région parisienne- et tous les trésors du Parc Naturel du Vexin français. Situé à une trentaine de kilomètres au nord-ouest de Paris, l’aéroport de Paris-Pontoise est accessible rapidement (RER ou A15 puis RD 915).

Aussi long qu’un avion Airbus A380 (75 m), aussi haut qu’un immeuble de cinq étages (17 m) et large comme une autoroute à quatre voies (19 m), le ballon Airship-Paris nécessite beaucoup d’espace que seul l’aéroport de Paris-Pontoise pouvait lui offrir sans perturber le trafic sur le reste de la plate-forme : un cercle de 150 m de diamètre au sol pour pouvoir pivoter lentement de 360° autour de son mât porteur !

La cabine du ballon dirigeable accueille 12 passagers. Régi par des règles identiques à celle de l’aviation commerciale, le personnel navigant commercial (PNC) prépare les passagers au vol et explique les règles de sécurité et de fonctionnement du dirigeable. Le commandant de bord, qui est un de pilote de ligne, a suivi une formation spécifique pour piloter un ballon dirigeable. Les vols sont validés par la Direction générale de l’aviation civile (DGAC).

Quatre trajets sont proposés pour la période du 3 août au 30 octobre 2013 :
Le dirigeable électrique isérois Iris Challenger 2 a vaincu la Manche !     4 Septembre 2013
Une traversée en 2h 24, voilà le record décroché par le dirigeable électrique isérois, construit par Airstar à Champ-prés-Froges. Les deux pilotes, Pierre Chabert et Gérard Feldzer, ont posé leur nacelle près de Folkestone

Victoire pour l'Iris Challenger 2. Le dirigeable électrique piloté par Pierre Chabert et Gérard Feldzer vient juste de se poser sur le sol anglais, après avoir traversé la Manche, posément, tranquillement, au-dessus des flots.

L'étonnant ballon en forme de soucoupe volante conçu, testé et fabriqué par Airstar, à Champ-près-Froges, en Isère, dans la vallée du Grésivaudan, s'est envolé ce matin du cap Gris-Nez, à 7h24 précisément, pour atterrir en face, à l'est de Folkestone, après une traversée de 2h 24. Sans problème. Un premier record pour un vol propulsé à la force de deux hélices, et son énergie électrique emporté à bord de la nacelle.

Cet exploit pourrait être suivi de deux autres : la traversée de la Méditerranée en 2015 puis de l’Atlantique en 2017.!accueil!world-record-electric-blimp-english-channel-1


Nouvelle tentative de traversée de la Manche pour l’Iris Challenger    2Septembreb 2013

Le mercredi 4 septembre 2013, Pierre Chabert et Gérard Feldzer vont tenter une nouvelle fois de traverser la Manche à l’aide d’un dirigeable à motorisation électrique. Le décollage est prévu, dans la matine, du Cap Gris Nez (Pas de Calais). En 2011, les deux pilotes avaient du renoncer à cause des conditions météorologiques. Leur nouveau ballon baptisé Iris Challenger 2 est une évolution de celui de 2011.

L’Iris Challenger 2 lors des essais en vol près de Grenoble

L’Iris Challenger II est un dirigeable de forme lenticulaire à propulsion électrique. Il dispose d’un aileron et est équipé de 2 moteurs de 7kW nominaux et d’hélices de 1,30 m de diamètre. Sa vitesse de croisière est de 15 km/h, en pointe il peut atteindre 30km/h. Construit en textile haute ténacité et en film polymère, l’enveloppe contient 568 m3 d’hélium lui permettant d’embarquer 2 pilotes et du matériel pour une charge totale de 200 kg. Une batterie lithium fournit l’énergie nécessaire. Un flotteur rempli d’air rend le dirigeable amphibie.


Août 2013                            August 2013
Premier vol du prototype Voliris V901C

Vidéo du tout premier vol du prototype VOLIRIS V901C réalisé le 03/07/12 Ce prototype est destiné à valider le concept d’aile enveloppe qui est en fait une architecture volante à mi-chemin entre l’aile d’un avion et l’enveloppe d’un dirigeable. On parle alors d’aéronef hybride. L’hybride fait appel aussi bien à la portance aérostatique, c’est-à-dire due au gaz porteur, qu’à la portance aérodynamique, due à la forme de l’aile. Ce prototype préfigure un engin automatique porte container de 32 tonnes.

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Atlant Rising: Russia Fights to Lead Airship Revival      26/08/2013

KIRZHACH, Vladimir Region, August 26 (Alexey Eremenko, RIA Novosti) – The eerie sensation of seeing something the size of a house floating in the air is something that no photograph can capture.

That was the sight witnessed from the ground on Sunday when the 55-meter-long AU-30 blimp, built by Russian company Augur RosAeroSystems, soared away from the country’s sole, recently reopened “dirigibledrome” in Russia’s central Vladimir Region for a 100-kilometer journey to Russia’s prime airshow, MAKS, which kicks off Tuesday.

Le zeppelin fait son apparition dans le ciel d'Ile-de-France     05/08/2013  

La société Airship-Paris a organisé dimanche son premier vol commercial en ballon dirigeable.

Le premier vol commercial et touristique d'un ballon dirigeable zeppelin a eu lieu dimanche en France au-dessus des paysages et châteaux du nord-ouest de la région de Paris. «Nous volons à 300 mètres d'altitude à la vitesse de 70 km/h», a indiqué une hôtesse de l'air aux 12 passagers qui ont pris place dans la cabine située sous le gros ballon d'hélium.

«C'est un vol très tranquille. On peut avoir les fenêtres ouvertes, regarder le paysage, et même voir quelqu'un vous saluer du sol», selon la pilote, l'Anglaise Katharine Board, aux commandes derrière le tableau de bord où figure la jauge de l'hélium. Elle fait partie de la dizaine de personnes actuellement qualifiées pour piloter ce type d'appareil.

«En Allemagne, les zeppelins volent autour du lac de Constance et sont très populaires», explique Isabelle, hôtesse de l'air allemande, originaire de Friedrichshafen (Sud), où sont construits les dirigeables. «J'ai trouvé ça super! C'est très doux, il y a une visibilité extraordinaire et on n'entend presque aucun bruit», confie une passagère, Michèle, 59 ans, qui habite à Pontoise au nord de Paris.

L'aéronef est long comme un Airbus A380 (75 m), mais pèse seulement 8 tonnes. Seulement trois appareils de ce type volent actuellement dans le monde, selon Franck Glaser, directeur commercial d'Airship-Paris. Quatre parcours sont prévus: Vexin, château de Chantilly, Boucles de la Seine et Versailles. Les prix oscillent entre 250 et 650 euros, selon la durée des parcours (de 30 minutes à 1h30), avec une moyenne de sept vols par jour jusqu'à fin octobre.
Juillet  2013                          July 2013
Budweiser blimp visiting Columbus, Akron   July 24, 2013

The Budweiser Designate a Driver blimp is traveling through Ohio, with stops planned in Columbus and Akron. The 130-foot airship is tooling around Columbus this week and weekend for the Ohio State Fair and is expected in Akron on Aug. 3-4 when the Bridgestone Invitational comes to Firestone Country Club.

"The Budweiser Designate a Driver blimp gives us a unique opportunity to reach adults at outdoor events while they’re enjoying our beers," Kathy Casso, vice president of corporate social responsibility for Anheuser-Busch, said in a prepared statement. "Our message is simple: However you get home, designate a driver."

The blimp can reach a top speed of 50 mph but typically cruises between 30 and 35 mph at an altitude of 1,000 feet. It requires more than 69,000 cubic feet of helium to fully inflate the American-made blimp, and it takes a crew of 13, including a pilot, to operate and transport the airship. About 5 million 12-ounce Budweiser cans could fit inside the airship’s envelope, the brewer said.

“It’s been more than 10 years since a Budweiser blimp has taken flight, so when adults see our Designate a Driver blimp, we hope they’ll take our message to heart and either volunteer to be or use a designated driver,” Casso said.

Consumers who take a pledge at not to drink and drive also will be entered to win a trip for two to the Budweiser Made In America music festival (Aug. 31-Sept. 1). The winner will receive a blimp ride (weather-permitting) over the festival grounds.

The blimp will end its 25-city tour in St. Louis on Sept. 20 to commemorate Global Be(er) Responsible Day, an annual Anheuser-Busch event dedicated to promoting responsible drinking.

Surveillance automatisée de la mer Méditerranée par les équipes du CrossMed        19/07/2013

Le Cross Méditerranée (CrossMed) teste un programme européen intitulé I2C (prononcer eye to see) qui devrait permettre une meilleure surveillance maritime. Un "oeil pour voir", tel... Big Brother.

Pour que ce système automatique de détection d'activités illégales fonctionne, de gros moyens ont été mis en place. Un logiciel a été créé tout spécialement pour traquer les activités illégales. Il analyse les données envoyées par les opérations de contrôle et les sémaphores installés entre l'Espagne et l'Italie.
Actuellement un Zeppelin survole les côtes du Var pour surveiller le trafic maritime. A son bord, du matériel haute fréquence capable de voir jusqu'à la Sardaigne.
Si un navire est suspect un bateau drone peut être envoyé. Commandé à distance il est suréquipé avec caméra très haute résolution et infra-rouge. 

Ce projet européen à 16 millions d'Euros emploie depuis 2010 près de 100 personnes au CrossMed de Toulon.
Suveillance automatisée de la mer Méditerranée par les équipes du Cross Med
Interviews : Michel Morel, Coordinateur de recherches du projet I2C; Cdt Eric Lefebvre, Directeur du CROSS Méditerranée



prenez le zeppelin dès le 4 août    Publié le 17.07.2013

Survoler les châteaux de Versailles de Chantilly et de la Roche Guyon en zeppelin ? A partir du 4 août, c'est possible. La société Airship commercialise des vols dans cet aéronef blanc au-dessus de l'Ile-de-France, un privilège rare pour les touristes alors qu'il n'existe que trois dirigeables de ce type.

«Après cinq années d'efforts, on y arrive enfin !», s'enthousiasme Eric Lopez, président d'Airship, société implantée à Neuilly-sur-Seine.
Son idée de commercialiser des vols de dirigeable en France est venue d'une rencontre avec le directeur de la société Zeppelin et d'un coup de cœur pour ces «paquebots volants» qui séduisent de nombreux touristes en Allemagne autour du lac de Constance.

«Quand j'ai découvert cet appareil magique, cette nouvelle forme de vol unique, innovante, sans bruit, sa grande sécurité et sa maitrise technologique, je me suis dit pourquoi pas autour de Paris, première destination touristique mondiale», explique l'entrepreneur, qui a travaillé pendant 20 ans pour des compagnies aériennes.

Un engin géant mais silencieux

D'une longueur de 75 m, le zeppelin est doté de trois moteurs qui sont éloignés de la cabine, ce qui fait que le dirigeable «fait moins de bruit qu'un lave-vaisselle». L'engin volera à 300 m de haut, avec douze passagers à bord, à une vitesse moyenne de 80 km/h.

Au départ de l'aérodrome de Pontoise - Cormeilles-en-Vexin, quatre parcours sont ainsi prévus : Vexin, château de Chantilly, boucles de la Seine et Versailles. Les prix oscillent entre 250 et 650 euros, selon la durée des parcours (de 30 min à 1h30), avec une moyenne de 7 vols par jour jusqu'à fin octobre.

Côté sécurité, «les zeppelins, comme les avions et les hélicoptères, répondent à des exigences réglementaires fixées par l'EASA en Europe qui visent à assurer la sécurité des passagers et des surfaces survolées» indique Dominique Fouda, porte-parole de l'Agence européenne de sécurité aérienne (EASA). En effet, l'hélium, un gaz inerte et ininflammable, a remplacé l'hydrogène, à l'origine de la catastrophe de «Hindenburg» en 1937. Le zeppelin allemand LZ 129, le plus grand aéronef jamais construit, avait pris feu lors de son atterrisasage à Lakehurst, dans le New Jersey (Etats-Unis). Cet accident avait sonné le glas de l'âge d'or de ces machines volantes.

La Direction générale de l'aviation civile a également donné son feu vert, soulignant que «toutes les autorisations de survol ont été délivrées», a déclarév son porte-parole Eric Héraud.

Aujourd'hui, seulement trois zeppelins, construits à Friedrichshafen (Baden-Württemberg), existent dans le monde.

VIDEO. Eric Lopez, président d'Airship, présente l'événement

Airship : Interview d'Eric Lopez par CGValdOise


Juin  2013                             June 2013

 L’étonnant retour du Zeppelin  Le Parisien Publié le 26 juin 2013

Une société va commercialiser à partir d’août des vols en dirigeable au départ du Val-d’Oise. Les billets sont disponibles sur Internet.

Dans leur bureau de Neuilly-sur-Seine (Hauts-de-Seine), les dirigeants d’Airship comptent les jours. Il faut dire qu’ils l’ont attendu, ce 3 août, date programmée du premier vol commercial de leur dirigeable, depuis l’aérodrome de Pontoise-Cormeilles (Val-d’Oise). Près de cinq ans se sont écoulés depuis qu’Eric Lopez, le président de la société, a lancé ce projet.'OISE.pdf


Présentation de trois appareils aux concepts et caractéristiques originaux.  

Airship, le drone de ballon dirigeable













Mais c'est quoi? L'aéronef ne ressemble à rien de connu. Il s'agit d'un ballon dirigeable drone (sans pilote) à tête de catamaran! Cet appareil troposphérique, gonflé à l'hélium, est destiné à mener des missions d'observation du climat dans l'atmosphère et de surveillance de l'Arctique. Il pourrait aussi être employé dans le cadre d'opérations de sauvetage car il est capable d'enlever jusqu'à 7 tonnes et de les transporter en volant à 1000 mètres d'altitude. «Sa vocation est civile et scientifique. C'est un ballon d'observation», résume Jean Botti, directeur technologie d'EADS, maison mère d'Airbus.

Une maquette de plus de deux mètres est exposée sur le stand d'EADS. Mais les mensurations réelles de l'engin seront bien plus imposantes: 90 mètres de long, 60 mètres de large et 8 mètres de hauteur. Construit avec 100% de matériaux composites, il est doté d'une structure mince et rigide. Il est équipé de deux moteurs de poussée alimentés en biocarburant.

Pour le moment, Airship est un concept qui cherche des fonds publics pour devenir un démonstrateur. EADS travaille déjà avec plusieurs universités et cherchent à nouer des accords de coopérations. Il se dit qu'Arnaud Montebourg, le ministre du redressement productif, s'intéresse de près à ce projet.

Boulder firm lands several instruments on British blimp          10/06/2013
'Cloud Lab' crossing country in atmospheric study for BBC documentary

Four instruments from a Boulder company specializing in cutting-edge technology for airborne measurements of aerosol and cloud particles are included in a group of devices along for a slow trip across America on board what is billed as the world's largest airship.

The project is a venture sponsored by BBC Two, a blimp ferrying a team of British scientists across the United States from Orlando, Fla., to Big Sur, Calif. For a 2014 documentary with the working title of "Cloud Lab," the researchers are spending a month studying how hurricanes form, insect life, bats and the relationship between diverse ecosystems and weather.

The blimp, limited to no more than about 1,000 feet in altitude, must track well south of the higher peaks of the Rocky Mountains. It is therefore floating across the southern tier of the United States, on a trajectory that should take it over Las Cruces, N.M., and Flagstaff, Ariz., before hitting California. Late this week, the blimp was passing over Texas.

"Just as we finish investigating hurricanes in the Gulf onboard @BBCCloudLab, Tropical Storm Karen arrives," read one of its most recent tweets.

Boulder's Droplet Measurement Technologies has provided four instruments that are currently flying on the Cloud Lab blimp. Because the blimp can accommodate only a limited payload, just a few instruments were offered a spot on board.

"This is a unique opportunity to deploy our instruments," Greg Kok, DMT's research and development director, wrote in an email. "It is exciting for us to see our customers collect data, but this is an opportunity where we can really make measurements and also work with some of the data."

The four DMT instruments on Cloud Lab are its Cloud Droplet Probe 2, which measures small cloud droplets, the PAX and SP2, which measure black carbon -- a major contributor to global warming -- and its Wideband Integrated Bioaerosol Sensor 4A, which detects bioaerosols such as mold, fungi and pollens.


Mai  2013                             May 2013
Google blimps will carry wireless signal across Africa   26 May 13

Search giant Google is intending to build huge wireless networks across Africa and Asia, using high-altitude balloons and blimps.

The company is intending to finance, build and help operate networks from sub-Saharan Africa to Southeast Asia, with the aim of connecting around a billion people to the web. To help enable the campaign, Google has been putting together an ecosystem of low-cost smartphones running Android on low-power microprocessors. Rather than traditional infrastructure, Google's signal will be carried by high-altitude platforms - balloons and blimps - that can transmit to areas of hundreds of square kilometres.

Google has also considered using satellites to achieve the same goal. "There's not going to be one technology that will be the silver bullet," an unnamed source told the Wall St Journal. A Google spokesperson declined to comment. Meanwhile, back on the ground, Google lobbyists are targeting regulators across developing countries to allow them to use airwaves currently reserved for television broadcasts - which operate at lower frequencies and can therefore penetrate buildings and travel longer distances than current WiFi technology. Small-scale trials are underway in Cape Town, South Africa, where a base station is broadcasting signals to wireless access boxes in high schools over several kilometres. Software detects which areas of the spectrum aren't being used for TV broadcast and can be used for the network at any given time.


Budweiser 'Designate A Driver' Blimp Takes Flight This Summer  

ST. LOUIS, May 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- On May 22, Budweiser's first-ever responsible-drinking blimp will begin its official maiden voyage. The airship, which carries the "Designate a Driver" message, will embark on a 17-week tour across much of the country, following a send-off in St. Louis. The blimp's flight plan includes 25 stops, many of which coincide with major festivals, outdoor celebrations and sporting events in tour cities.

"With summer on the horizon, we're all finding more reasons to celebrate," said Kathy Casso, vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility for Anheuser-Busch. "The Budweiser Designate a Driver blimp gives us a unique opportunity to reach adults at outdoor events while they're enjoying our beers. Our message is simple: However you get home, designate a driver."

Consumers 21 and older can follow the Budweiser Designate a Driver blimp on Twitter with @budblimp throughout the tour and tweet photos of the vessel in their city using the hash tag #ddblimp. Adults can also log on to to pledge to drink responsibly and always designate a driver, and then share their pledge through Facebook to encourage friends to do the same.

The 130-foot airship can reach a top speed of 50 miles per hour but typically cruises at between 30 and 35 miles per hour at an altitude of 1,000 feet. It requires more than 69,000 cubic feet of helium to fully inflate the American-made blimp, and it takes a crew of 13, including a pilot, to operate and transport the airship throughout the tour. Approximately 5 million 12-ounce cans of Budweiser beer could fit inside the airship's envelope.

"It's been more than 10 years since a Budweiser blimp has taken flight, so when adults see our Designate a Driver blimp, we hope they'll take our message to heart and either volunteer to be or use  a designated driver," Casso added.

Consumers who take the pledge at will also be entered to win** a trip for two to the Budweiser Made In America music festival (August 31-September 1), which includes a blimp ride (weather-permitting) over the festival grounds.

The Budweiser Designate a Driver airship will end its tour in St. Louis on September 20 to commemorate Global Be(er) Responsible Day, an annual Anheuser-Busch event dedicated to promoting responsible drinking – including the use of designated drivers.

**For official rules, please visit

About Anheuser-Busch
Anheuser-Busch and its employees build on a legacy of corporate social responsibility by focusing on three key areas: promoting alcohol responsibility, preserving and protecting the environment and supporting local communities. In the past three decades, Anheuser-Busch and its wholesalers have committed more than $980 million in national advertising campaigns and community-based programs to encourage responsible drinking and prevent underage drinking and drunk driving. Anheuser-Busch reduced total water use at its breweries by 40 percent in the last five years and the company has been a leading aluminum recycler for more than 30 years. Since 1997, Anheuser-Busch and its Foundation have invested in local communities through donations of nearly $515 million to charitable organizations. The company also has provided more than 72 million cans of drinking water to people impacted by natural and other disasters since 1988. Based in St. Louis, Anheuser-Busch, the leading American brewer, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev, the leading global brewer, and continues to operate under the Anheuser-Busch name and logo. For more information, visit



Skyship Services Inc. to launch largest Skyship in May   12 Mai 2013











ORLANDO, FLA. - Skyship Services Inc., owner of the Type Certificates for the largest certified non-rigid airships in the world, announced the signing of a contract that will launch the first of a new era of Skyships. This 200 foot majestic flying machine is being assembled at a hangar facility near Elizabeth City, NC that was originally used as a US Navy airship base. The Skyship will be ready to commence operations in May 2013 and will then begin a tour that will bring it to Florida before it flies from the East Coast to the WestCoast.

Julian Benscher, president of Skyship Services Inc. stated that "...most people think of airships as representative of a bygone era but in fact they provide the world's most stable flying aerial platform with unparalleled endurance capabilities."




Skyship Services Inc de lancer la plus grande Skyship  12 May 2013

ORLANDO, Floride. -  Skyship Services Inc, propriétaire des plus grands dirigeables souples certifiés dans le monde, a annoncé la signature d'un contrat qui va lancer le premier d'une nouvelle ère des aérostats. Cette machine de 200 pieds est assemblé dans un hangar près d'Elizabeth City, Caroline du Nord qui a été initialement utilisé comme une base américaine dirigeable Marine. Le Skyship sera prêt à commencer ses activités en mai 2013 et commencera alors une tournée qui l'amènera en Floride avant de voler de la côte Est à la côte Ouest.

Julian Benscher, président de Services Skyship Inc a déclaré que «... la plupart des gens pensent des dirigeables en tant que représentant d'une époque révolue mais en fait ils fournissent le plus stable du monde plate-forme volante aérienne avec incomparables capacités d'endurance."

Avril  2013                      April 2013
Mars  2013                      March 2013
Out of the Ashes: The Rebirth of the Airship
How the airship is going from propaganda war machine to something that could change the world.

They were billed as the future of transportation, the pinnacle of long-distance luxury travel. Forget planes, trains, or boats. Airships were the new gold standard – “lighter-than-air” – an incredible convergence of human industry and science fiction. Eyes widened, mouths gaped – the world stood captivated. After years of development, a utopian vision of aviation was suddenly realized. The future looked bright.

But on May 6, 1937, the era of airships came to a terrible end as the German-made Hindenburg horrifically perished over American soil. It took years to perfect, but only moments to come crashing down. To this day, the legacy of an engulfed Hindenburg still haunts the aviation world, an everlasting reminder of unimaginable tragedy.

It doesn’t sound like a particularly magnetic history worth re-exploring, yet WorldWide Aeros is toiling away on a completely new prototype airship that has the potential to change flight forever.

Février  2013                   February 2013
On world tour with the Bayer Airship

On a long journey: an airship with the Bayer cross and mission statement in large lettering was heading for destinations in many parts of the world in 2013. It has been seen for the first time at the Financial News Conference. The Bayer Airship has visited some of the world's greatest cities in the company's anniversary year, for instance: Sydney, New York, Barcelona and Johannesburg.

World Tour of the Bayer Airship

"Bayer: Science For A Better Life" to enthusiastic spectators around the world. On the way, it took to the skies over major cities and many famous landmarks. All of them are now brought together in one video showing some of the highlights of a memorable tour.

From the plains of South Africa to the Statue of Liberty in New York, from the foot of Mount Fuji to the Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro: On its travels, the airship carried the company mission "Bayer: Science For A Better Life" to enthusiastic spectators around the world. On the way, it took to the skies over major cities and many famous landmarks. All of them are now brought together in one video showing some of the highlights of a memorable tour.




































































































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