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Goodyear unveils new airship

Article | Mar 20, 2014

Goodyear has unveiled its newest airship—or blimp, if you’re not too technical about it.

What it takes to become a blimp pilot

Article | Sep 04, 2013

Pilots wanting to become professional airship pilots need a commercial rating and 50 hours of blimp time.

Hindenburg theories tested for Discovery Channel

Article | Dec 13, 2012

Decades after the giant airship Hindenburg became a synonym for disaster on an epic scale, engineers and historians mounted an unprecedented attempt to re-create the fatal flight with scale models and settle the debate.

California Zeppelin grounded by economic storms

Article | Nov 16, 2012

The economic recession is blamed for yet another victim: Airship Ventures of San Francisco, which offered passenger rides in the largest airship in the world, the Zeppelin NT. You can still ride its sister ship in Friedrichshafen, Germany. AOPA has video of what rides were like above San Francisco. Only a last-minute white knight sponsor can save the company, but that doesn't appear likely. The monster ship faces deportation to Germany - in pieces.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2012

Flying wild at AOPA Summit Alaska’s pilots to host ‘Adventures in Flying’ You’ve watched them fly through severe turbulence and battle fierce winds, deal with airsick passengers, and squeeze million-dollar aircraft into a hangar with mere inches to spare to prevent a severe case of hangar rash during the cold Alaskan winter months. They’re John Ponts, Luke Hickerson, and Doug Stewart—featured pilots on Discovery Channel’s Flying Wild Alaska.

Army airship makes maiden flight in Lakehurst

Article | Aug 15, 2012

For the first time in decades, a U.S. military airship appeared Aug. 7 over Lakehurst, N.J., the storied locale where the nation built its first international airport (for airships), where the Hindenburg met its end, and where the age of U.S. military airships appeared to have ended in the 1960s.

Goodyear zeppelin will retain iconic moniker

Article | Aug 02, 2012

The Goodyear blimp is among the most recognizable aircraft in the world, and steeped in decades of tradition. With the Ohio tire and rubber company preparing to replace its fleet of blimps with semi-rigid Zeppelin NT airships, one thing won't change: the word "blimp."

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2012

Proudly South African South Africa’s Sling is the 125th LSA on the U.S. market There’s another new light sport aircraft (LSA) on the market—the mostly metal Sling from The Airplane Factory near Johannesburg, South Africa.

America’s only female Zeppelin pilot takes left seat

Article | Jun 12, 2012

There are only two Zeppelin NT (new technology) behemoths flying in the world, and women fly both of them. One is in Germany, while Andrea Deyling just completed six months of training in the United States.