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Fri, Nov 16, 2012

Airborne 11.16.12: Airship Company Deflates, FIFI Grounded, New Tecnam LSA

Also: NTSB, Barnstorming, Personal Helo, EU-ETS on Hold, SpaceX Grasshopper, Skivvy Skydives

Airship Ventures of Moffet Field, CA operators of the world's largest passenger airship, the Zeppelin Eureka, are closing their doors effective immediately!

Founded in 2008, Airship Ventures made history by bringing passenger airship operations back to the U.S. for the first time since the 1930s and they enjoyed a stellar safety record, but it wasn't enough. The often heard battle cry "Keep 'Em Flying" has taken on a fresh new urgency with the news that the last flying B-29 Superfortress has been grounded and is in need of serious repair. During the last airshow flight of the season, the world's only flying B-29 Superfortress, FIFI, experienced an engine problem. Tecnam has launched the new P92 Echo Classic Light at a special introductory price through to the end of 2012. Tecnam says the airplane responds to market demand for a no frills, basic, aircraft that will still retain the great flight characteristics of the best selling P92 family of aircraft. All this... and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
Airborne 11.16.12 is chock full of info about the half-week period ending Friday, November 16th, 2012... Presented by Aero-TV veteran videographer and Airborne Host Ashley Hale, and supported by ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell, Chief Videographer Nathan Cremisino, and Aero-Journalists Tom Patton, and Glen Moyer, this episode covers:

  • Airship Operations Grounded
  • FIFI Grounded
  • Tecnam Launches P92 Light
  • EU-ETS on Hold
  • SpaceX Tests Grasshopper
  • Boeing Speeds Dreamliner Production
  • Personal Helo
  • NTSB Most Wanted
  • Barnstorming: ANN's job -- The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
  • Boeing Sued in Polish Accident
  • Skydiving in Skivvies

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