AIRSHIP OPERATIONS INC.
 

 
WHY A SKYSHIP?

In its most well-known commercial application, airships provide a unique media platform to advertise your message. Supreme name recognition and consumer awareness can be achieved in a memorable way with a Skyship.


ADVERTISING SUPERIORITY

The world's largest flying billboard -- 200 feet long and 67 feet high.

The biggest airship means your name and logo have the greatest impact -- your message can be seen for over 3 miles.

Nightsign system lights up both sides of the airship, and can be seen and read from over a mile away.

Eight-thousand two hundred lights program messages, graphics, animation's, or scrolling messages.

Large, spacious gondola provides ample room for television broadcast equipment, radio remotes, live segments with on-air talent, etc. Auxiliary power is available.

Clients/customers/employees and VIP's can experience the ride of a lifetime in comfort. Deluxe, first class seating can accommodate up to 12 (Skyship 600).

Restrooms are available in both the 500 HL and 600 series.


DESIGN SUPERIORITY

Greatest overall volume of any airship available today.

Higher cruising speeds and smoother flights.

Its size, combined with the use of lightweight, reinforced materials in both the gondola and envelope allow for greater lifting capacity.

More passengers, military equipment or television broadcast equipment can be lifted in the Skyships' spacious gondola.

Light-weight, high-tech materials minimize maintenance requirements.
 


STATE-OF-THE-ART VECTORED THRUST PORSCHE ENGINES

One of the Skyship's most important design features is its vectored-thrust capability. By rotating the ducted propellers through a 200 degree arc, the Skyship can take off and land vertically, as well as hover for extended periods. The ducted propellers also reduce noise and offer improved safety for ground crew working around the ship.

The Skyship 600 is powered with twin Porsche, turbo-charged 255 hp engines. The Skyship 500 uses 205 hp engines.  The propellers have five variable pitch blades, each with four pitch settings.
 


SPACIOUS GONDOLA

The gondola, or passenger compartment in a Skyship Series Airship is the most spacious and luxurious in the skies. The gondola in the Skyship 600 is over 38 feet in length, 8 feet in width and provides over 6 feet of headroom. The Skyship 500's gondola boasts the same width and headroom with a slightly shorter cabin length. Seating can be configured for up to thirteen passengers, contingent on the requirements of the client.

Panoramic windows allow for spectacular views of the surrounding area; passengers can even open the windows. First-class seating, a restroom and beverage center further the luxury to provide unparalleled comfort.
 

Panoramic windows, low noise levels and minimal vibration provide a stable, enjoyable flight.

Ample room for military equipment installation and broadcast television camera installation.
 
 

FLIGHT DECK

The flight deck of the Skyship is similar to that of a fixed-wing aircraft. A standard VFR panel sits in front of the pilots, including full-color weather radar; radio communication with airport control towers, other aircraft and the airship ground crew; and navigation aids such as GPS, Loran and ADF.
Overhead, the eyebrow panel contains controls and gauges for managing the ballonets and helium within the envelope, as well as the fuel and electrical systems.
 
 

MOBILE MAST TRUCK

The mast truck is one of the most important vehicles in the operation. This 20-ton truck provides a mooring point for the airship when it is not flying.  A mobile mast that can be driven around, is an enormous advantage, as the ship can be safely maneuvered on the ground or in and out of a hangar while still attached to the truck.
 

At the tip of the blimp's nose is a steel ball that locks into a cup at the top of the mooring mast.  The blimp is anchored only at this one point, so it is free to rotate 360 degrees around the truck as the wind changes.  This system can secure the blimp in hurricane-force winds. The "doghouse" on the cab of the mast truck provides a command center for the crew person on pressure watch, including radio communication and weather radios.
 
 

 

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