Post by Admin (Annette Andria) on Nov 9, 2006 14:20:23 GMT
Fairoaks and the Airship shown on national BBC tv from on ground and in Air over london + shots of interier worth a look tonight if shown on BBC News tonight Before its off To Dubai . what a trip that will be London , Paris , Greece and on to Dubai
Rampvan. It's required to carry lights at night like any other aeroplane, as specified in the ANO, but whether it carries extra illumination I do not know.
News media was saying it's the biggest airship seen in Britain but I wonder if that's true. There were one or two flying around a good few years back which were very big. One was flying over Woodley when I cleared a TWA 707 for take-off at Heathrow. He wouldn't go because of the "balloon" and he didn't believe it was 15 miles away!! He asked "can't you get it shot down?"
As I said in my previous post,it's ex G-SKSJ,and in my logs,an Airship 600-50.As such it would certainly be very similar to G-SKSC.I hope I haven't "lead anybody up the garden path".I certainly haven't suggested it's a new airship.
Post by Admin (Annette Andria) on Nov 10, 2006 21:07:25 GMT
No you didnt the BBC certianly have by saying ithe largest airship to visit UK Well its isnt its a BOG STANDARD type of Which there are many . the idea also that it was a new Ship also seemed to be put over on TV Very nice yes BBC overdoing it again
Certainly not a new type. If it's one of the former G-SKS* then I remember seeing one of these flying during the 1990 airshow. It must be about 10 years ago when the actual 'Lightships' were flying at Farnborough. I believe these were N2017A & N2022B.
She was due out to london at the weekend but the winds are not good so may stay put also a trip to brum i think has been scrubbed due weather next week due to go to stonehenge then end of week france & route to Dubai which may take some time.
Guys , just to clear it all up , here is what i wrote for the BBAC magazine "Aerostat",following a visit last friday to it .hope this helps everyone understand what it is up to.
“Spirit of Dubai” –The landmark Tour Working adjacent to Fairoaks Airport in Surrey has its’ compensations. Traffic into or out of the airport normally is seen by most and when it comes to lighter than air transport, being a Hot Air balloon pilot, everyone flocks to tell you when an unusual sighting takes place. I have had more reports recently as we witnessed an unusual arrival from Cardington Bedfordshire in the shape of a Skyship 600 Airship. Freshly painted in her Palm Resort livery, “The Spirit of Dubai” gracefully floated over the tree line and into the airfield to be based locally for a few days as she started “The Landmark Tour” for her sponsors. The Multiple week tour started in central London on November 9th for her sponsors Nankeel, constructors of the Palm Jumeriah in Dubai, a massive residential project .Taking in various iconic landmarks, the graceful craft makes her way to Dubai via Paris, Versailles, Venice, Pisa, Athens and Cairo Egypt. During her stay in southern Britain,” Spirit of Dubai” was due to capture images of Big Ben, The London Eye, Stonehenge and the White cliffs of Dover as she wafts along at between 1500ft and 3000ft at a sedate 30-50mph. Following the UK leg of her trip, the 1985 Airship Industries built craft will progress via The Eiffel tower, the Palace of Versailles, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Acropolis at Athens towards her destination. The Porsche powered craft with a most adequate 600nm range and two pilot crew has been transporting up to twelve passengers over the central London skyline during her Fairoaks placement. Speaking to the Crew in between press flights at Fairoaks Airport on a cloudy Friday afternoon, they confirmed the 40 day tour will arrive in Dubai before the end of the year to coincide with the handover of the first residential properties on the Palm tree shaped man made project. A highly motivated and enthusiastic team of 25 prepare the craft daily for readiness to fly and thirteen ground crew initiate the launch with four men on each of the forward lines , four alongside the gondola and one perched on top of the mobile mast vehicle that anchors the ship to the ground overnight .The same people reverse the process when arriving back following a segment of the tour. Greg Moore, Head of media relations for the “Spirit of Dubai” media team confirmed the craft will travel VFR via Corfu across towards the great pyramids of Egypt .Travel like this harks back to the refined days of flying many years ago when the pace of the trip wasn’t as important as the getting there and the journey is as much about the discoveries of wonder along the trip as much as the arrival which no doubt will be a stunning affair. The skyship N605SK , run by Airship management services is normally Swiss based but having just finished a short tour for Skoda was raring to head off on her latest expedition. The environmentally friendly craft only uses a miserly 8 gallons of fuel per flying hour and I’m told a week’s worth of usage is roughly the equivalent to that of a 767 jetliner taxiing from the stand to the runway at Heathrow. As the craft approaches the latest wonder of the world, a complex that is large enough to be seen from space, a truly remarkable journey will complete with the grand opening of the Palm Jameriah and yet another Iconic pioneering story will conclude the travels of this remarkable Airship. More details on this remarkable Landmark voyage can be found on the website at www.spiritofdubai.ae and watch out as one of the world’s largest commercial airships continues her remarkable journey. Thanks to all at the Spirit of Dubai media team for their time and input with this feature. Steve Roake