May 25, 2010
By AOPA ePublishing staff
Jim Dexter covered 459.3 miles … in 10 hours May 25, breaking the world distance record for a modern airship. Dexter, director of flight operations for Airship Ventures, flew the Farmers Airship, a Zeppelin called Eureka.
Dexter flew the airship along the California Coast and Central Valley from Moffet Field to Brown Field, beating the previous distance record, set by a Russian team, by 70.2 miles.
“I’m lucky enough to get to fly Eureka, so I know what she can do,” Dexter announced in a press release in advance of the flight.
Aviation enthusiasts in California got to see the giant airship float by overhead. The Zeppelin flew over Salinas, San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, Oxnard, Ventura, Malibu, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, Dana Point, and San Diego.
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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