BDKLEZ From Ireland, joined Jun 2005, 1735 posts, RR: 15 Posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 18449 times:
Today, a brand new organisation announced with much gusto, and to the astonishment of the world, what it deems to be "a worthwhile contender in future success of mass air transport".
The prototype craft pictured below, utilizes the fundamental principles and benefits of traditional aircraft, airships and hovercroft, and is intended to operate with less than 2 metres ground clearance but at up to speeds to up to 500 kts.
Low Cost operators in Europe have given the development a cautious welcome, in order to fulfill long term strategies which they say "may indeed lead to affordable trans-atlantic crossings for the masses, should the demand be justified through currently ongoing research".
Trespassers will be shot; survivors will be shot again!
Centrair From Japan, joined Jan 2005, 3598 posts, RR: 21 Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 18323 times:
Heard a thing about this or something similar to it on the BBC or PRI or something like that. They said it would be like a cruise liner for the sky. The person from the company that is building these things was hoping that these would allow people to travel from LA to NYC in a leisurely yet stylish manner with special ports of call across the country.
Yes...I am not a KIX fan. Let's Japanese Aviation!
Peterinlisbon From Portugal, joined Jan 2006, 321 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 17942 times:
Actually I was reading about airships and in fact they use a lot less fuel than planes so they might be a good alternative, a sort of cross between a cruise ship and a plane. They are slower but you could have your own cabin, restaurants, etc. The view must be pretty amazing as well. The German airships used to fly non stop between Frankfurt and New York/Rio long before planes could do that. After the Hindenburg disaster they were all scrapped, but the technology was there long ago, in the 1940s. Now with helium rather than hydrogen they wouldn't be so dangerous. I think it's something that's been neglected and the world has been missing out on. Perhaps they would also be useful for cargo. Also, I've heard about ideas for military uses (shipping tanks, etc.). Also, they don't need airports as they can take off more or less vertically.