January 21, 2009
By Jill W. Tallman
If you crave the unusual, a scenic ride in one of the world’s largest Zeppelins might be your ticket to ride. Airship Ventures at Moffett Field, Calif., recently put a state-of-the-art Zeppelin on line for commercial operations, the first such in the United States in 70 years. This is no blimp, and it’s no 1930s-style dirigible, as “ AOPA Pilot” Editor in Chief Tom Haines discovered when he rode in N704LZ in the fall. The sleek airship is a fly-by-wire, computer-driven, all-composite wonder—so maneuverable, it can operate with as few as one ground crew member (a typical blimp needs 12 to 20). Then, of course, there’s the view from 1,200 feet in the ship’s cabin, with not a bad seat to be found. Read Haines’ account in the February 2009 issue of “ AOPA Pilot”, and watch the accompanying video that places you squarely in the midst of the action.
AOPA Technical Editor Jill W. Tallman is an instrument-rated private pilot who owns a Piper Cherokee 140.
New draft airman certification standards are available for review on the FAA’s website. In addition to releasing the draft standards, the FAA also announced that it would be deleting questions from the private pilot airplane knowledge test, effective Feb. 9.
A California charter school has teamed up with a glider school to give students a potentially life-changing opportunity.
Do you operate at airports or heliports that have LED systems? If so, AOPA, the FAA, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, and multiple professional pilot organizations want to hear from you.
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