Sunday, November 29, 2009

Shadowing the Hollywood Hills

Here is a video of just one small part, albeit a fun one, of the 2 hour "Studio Tour" we do from Long Beach...

We'll be back, next offering this tour mid-January 2010.

Watch Whales, Monitor a Sensor, or Play a Game?

All this talk of adding a camera to the ship, but how would you watch it on-board?

Matthew found this great rack-mount system. It simply takes the place of a seat in our customizable cabin layout. Originally we were investigating it at the request of a client that wanted to show a movie on-board the ship. Another potential client would like to be able to do a world premiere of a video game aboard the Eureka (hope that happens!). In addition to the screen, the rack allows mounting of mission payload monitoring equipment, a computer, DVD player or even a game system.

In any case, such a versatile rack-mount will certainly be put to good use!

If you happen to have one in mind, please contact our special missions department.

Vehicular Entourage

We caught this great shot of our rolling stock on the ground at Long Beach last week.

Assembled from left to right:

- Ford Pickup with Fuel Bowser
- Passenger Van
- Mastwagen #4 (International)
- Mastwagen #1 (Mercedes)
- Maint. Trailer & workshop
- Ford Pickup (to tow maint. trailer)

We have an additional 2 pickup trucks that were not in the photo.

Reminds me of childhood days playing with Tonka Trucks. If someone has not yet made a toy mast truck, they should!

(Photo courtesy Michael Cierpka)

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Fun Find - 1937 Himsl Zeppelin Roadliner

Seen by one of our merry band at the motor show today... A 1937 Roadliner, refurbished a few years back and re-christened the 1937 Himsl Zeppelin Roadliner.

Art Himsl has been doing custom cars for years, based out of Concord, California.

(Photo thanks to Matthew K.)

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Hauling @$$ - 71 Knots Ground Speed

On the way from Moffett Field to Long Beach last week we had a 29 knot tail wind. Combined with our "Sunday Drive" cruise speed of 42 knots, we were doing a healthy 71 knots ground speed. Had we kicked her into "highway" maximum speed, we could have been been doing well over 90. Needless to say, we set our own internal record for the southbound transit.

We're heading back home Tuesday morning. We typically hit a head wind on the northbound route. What comes around, goes around.

L.A. Times video

We were excited to host the L.A. Times. Some lovely shots of Eureka in flight!

Hi mom! (and dad)

We have welcomed many people aboard during this spell in Long Beach who were celebrating a special occasion or fulfilling a dream to fly aboard an airship. One lucky lady was surprised by her husband with a flight and unbeknown to her, he had been in touch with us ahead of time to see if we could fly over his house as their children planned a surprise! Fortunately they lived on one of our flight routes so it was easy to accommodate.

As you can see, the children created a unique surprise - a big hello that could only be easily seen by Zeppelin!

I see a trend happening....

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Etched in Time -- Zeppelin Art on the Queen Mary

Michael (Ground Crew Chief) found this while exploring the Queen Mary.

Friday, November 20, 2009

VTOL Pilots

Jim swapping tips with Frank Robinson, founder of Robinson Helicopters.

Hello Goodyear

Always a pleasure to see the Goodyear Blimp!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

NBC Los Angeles - "Your Eureka Moment Has Arrived"

Chuck Henry of NBC Los Angeles joined us on the transit down, and shortly after published this story and video (below).

Tailgate Party

A little post-flight BBQ on the field.

Have tape, will measure

Matthew demonstrating the new camera mounting bracket and clearance available to carry the larger camera balls.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Wheels Down, 5:12pm, Long Beach

Griffith Observatory

Reminds me of The Rocketeer...


Good to be back!

NBC Studios and Jay Leno Racetrack

The multi-color racetrack below is outside the studio where they film the Jay Leno show.

Santa Barbara

We just did a hover in place and 360 rotation to say hello to the tower and field at Santa Barbara. If all goes well, we'd like to try an operation here on a future SoCal trip. They have a wonderful Spanish Mission revival style main terminal and are right on the gorgeous coast.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Long Beach, here we come!

We're getting ready to head down to Long Beach for our fourth visit to LA of the year.

We'll be operating from the Long Beach airport, doing 1 hour flightseeing tours of Long Beach (Queen Mary, Sea Launch, Long Beach Harbor, Aquarium of the Pacific), 2 hour tours covering LA and Hollywood, 2 hour coastal tours down to San Clemente (we often get lucky and spot whales!), and for the first time -- romantic city light night flights to downtown LA and 30 minute "taste of zeppelin" tours (which internally I refer to as the "tease of zeppelin", as 30 minutes isn't nearly enough!)

If you are in the area, we're having an arrival party/cocktail hour at Ristorante da Vinci Weds evening. We'll have Chuck Henry of KNBC among our transit passengers, covering the awesome journey down some of the most amazing scenerey the California Coast has to offer. Our trip down is sold out, but we do have seats available on the northbound return trip next week.

Please come enjoy good company and witness her arrival this Wednesday (18th) from 4 – 7PM. Not only will you have the best view of the Zeppelin's landing from da Vinci's third-story balcony looking directly onto the airfield, you can enter to win a complimentary flight for two onboard the airship and meet the crew of the Eureka, who will join the party to mingle and answer questions once the ship has landed.

If you call Southern California home, we hope to see you this week!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Paper Airplanes

Paper Airplanes? Well, a paper aviation camera at least!

We started work a few weeks back on adding a camera mount to the ship. Once installed, we'll be able to act as a traffic 'copter, do movie/TV shoots, cover sports events, research marine mammals, or any of a thousand other cool things our stable platform will allow us to do.

Compared to other aerial platforms (primarily helicopters), we have amazing endurance (all day without refueling), lots of room in the gondola (so not only the camera operator can be on board, but also associated producers/researchers/etc), a restroom ('nuff said), and the ability to carry food and other supplies (useful for all day missions).

KRON4 Takes the Geek Tour

Gabriel Slate, the KRON4 Technology Reporter did his Tech Talk segment last week profiling our Silicon Valley Geek Tour aboard the Eureka. We had a great time checking out (among many other places) Apple at 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino, the Emerald City of Oracle in Redwood Shores, Google HQ in Mountain View, and the linear accelerator at Stanford.

He even got a little "zep-head".

All in a days work for Gabriel. See the video below.

You can take your own Geek Tour, just click here.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Snoopy and the Red Baron

The Metlife Blimp is in town, and we caught these photos today from the Eureka.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Selling detergent (really..)

A few weeks ago, we were part of the props for a commercial for laundry detergent that is sold in Denmark (washing powder in English). The finished web movie is now online along with interviews with some of the actors. Two of them were shot with the airship so you can see that she still had the 23andMe branding on.

It doesn't help us tell people to buy tickets, but it certainly raises awareness! In case you were wondering, the real pilot in these sequences is Katharine Board, who had to supervise these guys all day on the airfield.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Bay Crossings - An "Air-Raising Experience"

We're on the cover of the November issue of Bay Crossings

They call it an "Air-Raising Experience".

Perhaps they got some zep-head?

Airship Ventures is a company that provides the opportunity to take a leisurely trip in a Zeppelin NT over the San Francisco Bay.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Searching for the Right Gift

Dennis Kane shared with us this home video of his search for the right birthday gift. His father, recently turned 90, was a B-17 pilot and never lost his love of flying. We're honored to have been able to have made this a very happy birthday for him!

Dad's 90th Birthday from dennis kane on Vimeo.

An Empty Bay Bridge

Something you don't see very often -- a very empty Bay Bridge.