Company Will Also Be Providing Training
FL (March 21, 2000):
Airship Operations, Inc., has announced the execution of a
(US) $6.4 million contract for a Skyship 600 B airship to be provided to
CargoLifter, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of CargoLifter AG, a German based
airship designer and manufacturer. The
contract includes a training package designed to help CargoLifter achieve German
approvals for the operation of airships.
is developing airships for the efficient transportation of extremely large
and/or particularly heavy loads over long distances and with an ability to
operate in remote areas without landing fields or adequate roads. The Airship
Operations Skyship 600 B will be used to help CargoLifter to prepare for its
part of the sales agreement, Airship Operations will build the Skyship at a
hangar facility in Cardington, England. The build will start in early March,
with the test flight expected over Cardington in late April.
training program will begin after the completion of test flights in the U.K. The
ship will depart England and cross the English Channel for its new home base in
Brand, Germany, where CargoLifter is building the world’s largest hangar
to Mike Litherland, the Operations Manager for CargoLifter, “The Skyship has
been purchased with the aim of preparing CargoLifter for its future large
airship operations. It will assist
in the process of obtaining an initial Air Operator’s Certificate by
developing the necessary company facilities and procedures and will facilitate
lighter-than-air training of our large airship test and line operating crews.”
Additionally, where the training program permits, the Skyship 600 B will be used for more traditional airship activities, such as corporate flights, aerial camera work and scientific research.
The Skyship 600 in the hanger at Cardington after initial inflation on Sunday March 19th 2000. The Inflation took approximately 8 hours.
For additional information about Airship Operations, Inc. contact:
Airship Operations, 1001 Armstrong Blvd., Unit A, Kissimmee, FL 34741
Phone: 407.932.3779; fax: 407.932.2916.
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