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Build A Zeppelin or Airship - Rescheduled

  • Nov 17, 2012 · 2:00 PM
  • Sophie's Geek Pad

How awesome would it be to build a small, functional zeppelin or airship capable of carrying 1 to 3 passengers? It can be done, and for a reasonable cost. Let's discuss, plan, and build! The first meetup will be a brainstorming session, to determine the direction of the project.

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  • Sophie

    We covered a lot of ground our first meeting! We've gone from theoretical to conceptual, and have assigned research task. In addition to that, it was great spending time with the gang!

    November 17, 2012

  • Annie

    Amazing and amusing. I was impressed that we jumped right into hard plans and action items for zeppelin construction.

    November 17, 2012

  • Sophie

    Memorable meetup quotes:

    --"Oh, the things I've done in storage facilities", Morganna

    November 17, 2012

    • Sophie

      "I really don't think the first movie in the new Star Wars trilogy was that bad." -- Adam

      November 17, 2012

    • Sophie

      ^He was met with stares of sheer disgust.

      November 17, 2012

  • Garrett

    I'm bringing a list of design considerations! (Forgive me, I'm an engineer. It's what we do.) Also maybe cookies.

    November 15, 2012

    • Sophie

      And this is why you're awesome.

      November 15, 2012

  • Annie

    Hi Sophie! I'm new to this group and look forward to Saturday. Can I bring any supplies? Beverages? Snacks?

    1 · October 8, 2012

    • Sophie

      Sorry, I missed this the first time around. Feel free to bring whatever refreshment you want!

      November 5, 2012

  • George B.

    Just joined. I think I would love the idea to build an airship... I've gone skydiving already... with a parachute too...

    November 3, 2012

  • Robert

    turns out i cant go, this is the same day as my mothers surprise birthday, sorry guys, have fun.

    September 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Well, now I'm curious what type of piloting license one would need for a blimp. It's neither the same as a plane nor a helicopter.

    September 25, 2012

    •   P.

      It depends on the craft. The Goodyear blimp would requires a private pilot's licence, a commercial license, an instrument rating and multi-engine rating as well as a specific endorsement for that type, as well as meeting all the sundry requirements for all those licenses, ratings, and endorsement.

      September 25, 2012

  • Garrett

    Silly, but fitting: http://blimpin.ytmnd.com/

    1 · September 19, 2012

    • Sophie

      If/when we finish building the zeppelin, that slogan is going to be painted on the side.

      September 19, 2012

  • Garrett

    Could always try some sort of remote, unmanned surveillance zeppelin.

    September 8, 2012

    •   P.

      Now you're talking.

      September 8, 2012

  • Harmon

    We have a long way to go before we have to worry about the FAA. Working backwards we need a pilot, and Goodyear is the only place to pick up on of those. Then we need a place to store it and that is going to cost a fortune. Then we need to build the thing and that is not a weekend project. Then we need the money. That being said, we did build a lot of aircraft in the Long Beach area once upon a time and a zeppelin can be built with 19th century materials and technology, so it would be a little easier than it was for the Count.

    September 7, 2012

  •   P.

    Chris: The FAA. See their regulations for experimental aircraft.

    September 5, 2012

    • Sophie

      September 5, 2012

    • Garrett

      As someone who deals with gov't regulations and 'red tape' pretty often, these requirements really don't look that bad. We just need to sit down and take a look at them. Looks like a few forms and maybe a phone call or two. Making sure the construction is solid and not trying to execute an air strike on beachgoers, that sort of thing.

      September 6, 2012

  •   P.

    If this thing is going to be untethered and/or fly over 20' up there's a lot of FAA red-tape to deal with (or a lot of federal penalties to deal with if you skip the FFA approval process.)

    August 26, 2012

    •   P.

      That said, I'd love to observe.

      August 26, 2012

  • Garrett

    Attack Zeppelins?

    July 24, 2012

  • Garrett

    So down for this. All I have is experience in building siege weapons but I'm sure a bit of that applies to Zeppelins! Maybe...

    July 23, 2012

  • Harmon

    Keep me informed. My brothers and I built a 26' long scale model Zeppelin when we were kids. It would be fun to be part of something even bigger.

    June 3, 2012

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