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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.

'Snoopy 1' travels country, visits DC area

Article | May 31, 2012

The MetLife blimp travels with a crew of 13, including the pilots, mechanics, and crew, along with three trailers that carry all the equipment. Snoopy 1 films PGA tournaments, football games, and horse races.

NASA hunts meteorite with airship

Article | May 07, 2012

The remains of an asteroid similar to those that may have launched life on Earth crashed into Northern California on April 22. NASA scientist Peter Jenniskens hopes to collect footage from terrestrial security and surveillance cameras to track down missing pieces.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2011

The elephant at AirVenture The elephant in the room at this year’s EAA AirVenture is a 246-foot-long Zeppelin, the Farmers Airship, that will be offering $400 rides for 45 minutes above the Oshkosh show and surrounding areas. The airship is operated by Airship Ventures, based at Moffett Field in California, and gives rides along the West Coast from Long Beach to Seattle.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2011

Solar Impulse makes international flight Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg are a step closer to their goal of circling the Earth, nonstop, in a solar-powered airplane. In May, the delicate craft flew from Switzerland to Brussels, Belgium.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2010

There are now 100,000 historic photos online for you to browse. The San Diego Air and Space Museum is sharing the photos on Flickr.

Letters

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2009

I thoroughly enjoyed Tom Haines’ Goodyear blimp article (“One Giant Icon,” May 2009 AOPA Pilot), which brought back the memory of my ride as a kid oh so many years ago. It was from the Goodyear base on Watson Island in Miami, I believe on the ship Mayflower.

One giant icon

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2009

Is there a more iconic corporate symbol than the Goodyear blimp? Company research shows that whenever the word “blimp” is used, most every American thinks “Goodyear.” Such name recognition and association doesn’t occur without a major investment in time and money, and Goodyear has made both over the past 84 years to support commercial blimp operations. However, the company’s contributions to aviation go back even further.

Hangar Talk

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2009

The AOPA staff is starting to think that Editor in Chief Tom Haines is a bit of an air head—or, lighter-than-air head. The Goodyear blimp featured on the cover this month is the fourth type of airship Haines has flown (see “One Giant Icon”).

Low, slow, and comfortable

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2009

With hardly a change in engine sound, the giant Zeppelin gently floated straight up, marking the start of the first U.S. commercial Zeppelin flight in 70 years and confusing me.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2008

Barnstorming is catching on A new fad called “barnstorming” is catching on. It seems that pilots are flying town to town offering airplane rides.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2008

GENERAL Aeronautically speaking, what is a Lunkenheimer valve? Many older airplanes have external bracing wires that assist in keeping the wings in place when various loads are applied. Many of these are called flying wires, while others are called landing wires.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2007

Have your own 'Personal Blimp' A Massachusetts company does not claim to have invented the hot air airship, but it does want to provide, among other things, something more spiritual: air therapy. By combining the best of what powered and lighter-than-air technology has to offer, Skyacht Aircraft Inc.

Pilots

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2005

Kate Board never really wanted to be a blimp pilot — at least not at first. "I didn't even know what a blimp was," she admits.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2005

GENERAL A pilot is flying an un-pressurized airplane at 11,000 feet msl. He opens a thermos bottle that had been filled at sea level with hot coffee and is immediately blasted with injurious steam.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2003

GENERAL What was the first airplane to have interconnected controls (roll and yaw control combined)? Who was the first AOPA member to travel into space aboard a spacecraft? In terms of the number of aircraft to roll off the assembly line, what is the most popular small twin (less than 12,500 pounds) ever certified in the United States? Who was the only astronaut to fly aboard each of the first three generations of U.S. spacecraft: Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo? The first airmail carried aboard an airplane in the United States was flown by what famous pilot during what famous flight? What airplanes are colloquially referred to as t-bones, and what other airplanes are called bones? A glider pilot experiencing a tow-rope break shortly after takeoff is in a situation similar to that of a single-engine pilot encountering power failure after takeoff.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2000

GENERAL Provide two reasons why it usually is more advantageous during VFR flight to lower the nose and increase airspeed when flying through a downdraft than it is to add power and attempt to maintain altitude. What is the Goldfish Club? Under what circumstances should a pilot start an engine with the fuel valve in the Off position? The empty weight and CG of an airplane must be recalculated whenever items are installed or removed.

Test Pilot

Article | Nov 01, 1999

GENERAL A nonrigid airship maintains its shape because of the gas pressure within its envelope. It has no internal structure.

Pilots

Article | Nov 01, 1998

Let's say that you want to write an adventure novel about flying and need a name for the leading character. Can't use Jack Ryan; that's already been taken by Tom Clancy.

Flying the Bag

Article | Jan 01, 1997

The collective weirdness of the day's flying experience finally catches up with me when things slow down and, then, quite literally stop. At first I smile and then start to laugh.

Pilot Briefing

Article | Aug 01, 1996

FAA's top brass leaving The FAA's chief of regulation and certification, Tony Broderick, has retired in the aftermath of investigations into the crash of a ValuJet airliner in Florida. Contributing to his decision was a pending proposal to split the branch he now heads, creating separate regulation and certification offices.

Test Pilot

Article | Jan 01, 1996

GENERAL From reader Robert (Boom) Powell: Pilots, controllers, and mechanics refer to various aircraft by using descriptive nicknames, not all of which are complimentary. Can you name the aircraft to which the following refer?a.