1987 Thunder & Colt AS 56 in Arizona

LEARN TO FLY A BLIMP and MAKE $$

  • Make: Thunder & Colt
  • Country: United States
  • Model: AS 56
  • State/Province: Arizona
  • Year: 1987
  • City/Airport: Tucson (TUS)
  • Serial No: 899
  • Registration No: N493JM
  • Flight Time: 44 hours
  • Engine Time: 44 hours

Description

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LEARN TO FLY A BLIMP! Training included this fall or winter in Tucson, AZ from an FAA Certified Pilot at a private club. This is a REAL one man blimp and seriously fun to fly! Factory built. I have many additional videos of this aircraft.

Maintenance

This aircraft is registered with the FAA as a blimp. It is not a toy. You MUST have a balloon pilot's license in order to fly it.

I purchased this pressurized thermal blimp directly from the factory in England in 1987. It came with a standard airworthiness certificate in the "Aerial Work" category from the CAA - the British equivalent to the FAA. For years I flew it under British registration and with my British pilot's license. Due to changes in the European aviation world in order to get a British annual inspection - now that it is based in the US - was almost impossible, and prohibitively expensive. On April 1, 2014 it passed a condition inspection and on April 12 was assigned an FAA Special Airworthiness certificate in the Experimental Exhibition category. It could not be assigned a Standard Airworthiness certificate since it was never type certified in the US. N493JM now has 44 hours total time.

Avionics

Instead of using helium for lift it uses low pressure (3 psi) hot air to provide static lift. The hot air is supplied by a hot air balloon burner located above the pilot's head inside the hull. Directly beneath the burner is a modified 2 stroke engine that drives a small fan that provides constant pressure in order to provide rigidity to the hull. Behind the pilot is a 24 horsepower 3 cylinder 2 stroke German Konig radial engine that swings a 52" propeller - it is a "pusher". The pilot climbs by raising the temperature inside the hull. He descends by allowing it to cool. There is a small amount (20%) of dynamic lift that increases with speed. There is a rudder only. It is incredibly fun to fly, and takes quite a bit of focus. Every time I fly it I get a HUGE grin since it is SO unique. Top speed is 20 knots with a 1.5 hour flight duration before reserve. Extra tank included for an additional 1.5 hours of flight time.

Interior

Seats: 1
What can I do with this blimp in the Experimental Exhibition category? A lot more than you would think!

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Exterior Description

Red and white with 55' X 22' banner sections each side for advertising.

Additional Features

Once again, you MUST have at least a private balloon pilot's license/endorsement issued by the FAA. There is no other way it can be legally flown. I've been teaching and flying balloons for 37 years. The course includes everything you need including a balloon except fuel and two crew members in order to get your rating - and walk away with your certificate or LTA endorsement. Once you have your free balloon certificate/endorsement I will teach you how to fly the airship here in Tucson. I have access to a perfect training facility (a large polo field). I estimate it will take an additional 10 days to learn to fly the airship. There is no additional endorsement or rating required to do this, just practical instruction to the point where you can safely fly it. I've been a commercial balloon pilot and instructor for 36 years and have *done it all* in the lighter than air world, including flying 12 passenger balloons across the Continental Divide at high altitude... If you already have your balloon rating the price will be $5K less, and I'll need to see a copy of your certificate before I start training you. If you have other ratings it will be a big help obtaining your LTA rating since you are familiar with FAR's and aviation in general.