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Offline Mr Atoz

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Airship 2009
« on: May 10, 2013, 08:43:38 pm »
 Hey guys,
Just some aviation vacation photos from Mountain View,California at Moffett Field,summer 2009.A short lived touring company called Airship Ventures hosted their second "pilot for a day"program to allow current licensed pilots 30 minutes at the controls of the only Zeppelin in the United States.It was a two day event with a instructional course on day one covering the basics of airship operation and the flight the next day.Seven guests shared the privilege to spend four hours total in the pattern with two take offs and landings each with some basic maneuvering in between.
  Fritz,an airship instructor from Zeppelin NT,Friedrichshafen,Germany and Kate from the U.K. were our flight instructors.These generous people patiently guided us to safely fly this magnificent ship for a rare flight experience.Alexandra and Brian Hall of Los Gatos, California owned the company that operated the only touring airship "Eureka" from 2008 to 2012.The company folded  due to lack of a major/title advertising sponsor, a necessary part of the revenue mix. The Zeppelin was disassembled and has been returned to her place of manufacture in Germany.The airship arrived from Germany partially assembled on a specialized vessel to the port of Beaumont(Texas) in 2008 ,reassembled and flown to California.
   We had a great time piloting this ship which was a most unique task of flying.None of the guests had any lighter than air pilot experience.The new Zeppelin was a fly by wire controlled ship with a trio of Textron Lycoming IO-360 boxer aviation engines with a power of 200 hp each.Two lateral engines, equipped with tilting propellers and usually aligned horizontally, can be turned 90
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Re: Airship 2009
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2013, 08:45:07 pm »
 Buzzing around the pea patch. 8)
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Re: Airship 2009
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2013, 08:46:45 pm »
 Last landing for me.Dick (retired airline captain) was actually the first and last flying guest of the day.(he reserved two turns in advance).We were all very proud to have shared the flight deck that day! :) Here is the Youtube link http://www.youtube.com/user/triskellian/videos to see a edited video of the flight(in four parts).
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