I need these pallets delivered fast – to Mars!

If you think the next step in air freight transportation is airships for general freight and hyperloops for express, you haven’t been paying attention. Sure, Lockheed Martin’s Hybrid Airship is about to enter commercial service, and Elon Musk’s Hyperloop One is in test phase… But, really, that’s all so last decade. What’s important now is […]
  • David Harris
  • September 29, 2017

The technology of airfreight

Most of us have come across a colleague or friend bemoaning the air freight industry’s inability to “innovate” or “modernize”. If you have not, try bringing up electronic air waybill penetration during your next cocktail party – after more than a decade of pushing carriers to go paperless, adoption is still hovering 50%. But, jokes […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • June 16, 2017

It’s back in the sky!

UK-based Hybrid Air Vehicles resumed test flights of its Airlander 10 hybrid airship this week, after a nine-month hiatus. The program suffered a setback last year after the test aircraft took a nosedive while attempting to land. Although nobody was hurt during the crash, and much of the ship remained intact, the test unit sustained […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 12, 2017

First flight of the Airlander 10

UK-based Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd this week conducted the successful first flight of its Airlander 10 hybrid aircraft. A video of that flight is below, but first, a bit of technical information. Hybrid Air Vehicles describes the Airlander as an aircraft that combines “the characteristics of fixed wing aircraft and helicopters with lighter-than-air technology to create […]
  • David Harris
  • August 19, 2016

Aeroscraft Prototype Moving

The 230 ft prototype of the Aeroscraft airship made its first unassisted move on 3 January 2013.
  • David Harris
  • January 5, 2013