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.
A new FAA policy on obstructive sleep apnea that addresses many of the concerns raised by AOPA is scheduled to take effect March 2.
AOPA and the National Business Aviation Association have jointly filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of the ongoing legal battle over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.
AOPA worked with the flight training industry and FAA to quickly resolve a problem that suddenly put many rating applications on hold.
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