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How about an RAAus airship?


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Not an "airship", but a "blimp". A blimp (technically called a “pressure airship”) is a powered, steerable, lighter-than-air vehicle whose shape is maintained by the pressure of the gases within its envelope.

A blimp has no rigid internal structure; if a blimp deflates, it loses its shape. 

 

Good to see that they are OK to fly in IMC, or my standards for classifying IMC too high?

 

 

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Ha, ha ... if we get technical, OME, it's neither. For a start it's heavier than air; getting lift in part from aerodynamics and in part from aerostatics.

But it'd be fun and interesting to see if you could get one on the RAAus register.

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Yeah, I did think that the bag did have an aerofoil shape. It must be filled with only just enough gas to lift the bag and puff it into shape.

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The one in the video would be fine to register in OZ under RAAus in the 95.10 category.

 

It clearly has more than enough wing areas to cover its MTOW and 95.10 allows multi engine and/or multi props so 👍

 

Same would apply to anything like the the  Woopy inflated wing ULM ...

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We don't want any RAA involvement - look what they have done so far.  Also no CASA. -  Pirates forever!

 

However very kool!

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7 minutes ago, skippydiesel said:

Ethereal! - dont look like they would handle any sort of wind.

I reckon it would ... poorly.

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On the positive side: From little things ...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Yeah, I suppose, like recreationalists, they'd have to pick their days; and time of day.

Recent improvements in wx forecasts would probably be part of the argument. 

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Auto translate subtitles are available if you click through to watch on YouTube.

 

 

 

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Didn't use the " Auto translate subtitles "

As we have to lean this Metric language !. But it did look a great airship. 

If you use internal ' lashings ' to make a more aero-dynamic shape, does it become an ' airship ' rather than a BLIMP, ?.

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A blimp has no rigid framework. When the load is removed it will go skywards unless tethered. (ANY lighter than air machine).   Nev

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