October 21, 2008
AOPA Publications Staff
Airship Ventures Zeppelin, the largest airship in the world, is flying from Texas to its permanent home in California at Silicon Valley’s Moffett Field.
The airship is scheduled to arrive on Oct. 25 and will go into passenger service giving scenic rides over the San Francisco Bay area, Napa Valley and Monterey. Airship Ventures plans to begin offering rides starting at $495 a person starting in November.
The 12-passenger, 246-foot Zeppelin is one of three airships of its kind in the world and the only one in the United States. The airship was built in Germany and transported to Texas on a container ship.
Unlike the Zeppelins of the early twentieth century that were filled with flammable hydrogen, the new aircraft carries helium, an inert gas used in blimps.
For more information, go to www.airshipventures.com or call (650) 969-8100.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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