POTENTIAL CREW FOR THE ART (DANGER WORK IN PROGESS)
It is definitely better not to assign crew to this type of operation, unless they are very keen on the idea and have considerable experience in overseas tours. Senior Captains: PIC (Ocean crossings only): Myself PIC (Overland): Pat McCardel or John McHugh Captains: John McHugh (FAA and engineering consultant) Junior Captains: Russel Mills and John McGuirk Engineering team: Inspectors: Gary Burns (Senior engineer) and Edwin Almanzar (Flight engineer & reserve captain) Engineer: Carl Foreakre (AMS) Groundcrew: Senior Crew chief & mechanic: Roberto Sebralla (Skycruise)
DESTINATION AIRPORTS WITH ROOM FOR A BLIMP
Although an airship can land at almost any airport, leaving it on a mast to swing around with changes in the wind direction does require more room. The following is a list of key operating sites for the circunavigation. In some cases off airport mast sites are used, but most countries prefer overseas registered aircraft to use international airports.
Picture: Skycruise Skyship 600B near the Gottard pass in Switzerland.
TRANS ATLANTIC AIRPORTS Newfoundland Canada: St. Johns Airport has several different sites.. Azores: Vila do Porto (SMA) on Santa Maria has several different sites. (1373 nm from St. Johns) Lajes International (TER) on Terceira Island has a site in the NE corner. Portugal: Lisbon Portela Airport, also known as Lisbon Airport (LIS) has a site in the middle just north of the main apron. England: Manston in Kent has a good site just off the eastern side. Canary Islands: Rosario the main airport on Fuerteventura has several sites on the other side of the main road. Cape Verde Islands: Amílcar Cabral International Airport (SID), also known as Sal International Airport is the principal international airport. There is a site on the eastern side south of the apron. Barbados: Grantley Adams International. There are several sites available, the best might be on the north side just East of the main apron.
GRAF ZEPPELIN CIRCUMNAVIGATION AIRPORTS HAWAII (With safety escort and refuel ship only) KAHULUI INTERNATIONAL Site in between main runways. MOLOKAI Several sites available PEARL HARBOR: HICKAM FIELD AFB North End of Apron. if no parked aircraft.