Thursday, July 3, 2008

Zeppelin NT Airships receive FAA Authorization

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I know this Item is already a few days old and yes it has been almost a week since my last post, but the day job still take precedence. So as the Headline alludes the Zeppelin NT now has it's official Type Certificate for the US. After the approval of the Airworthiness Criteria in May 2008 the Zeppelin NT with the official type designation LZ N07-100 has now it's official type certification from the FAA. You can either go to that page and download the PDF or just continue reading the type certificate below or click here to read it. The Zeppelin NT is now the 22nd Airship with an FAA Type Certificate, here is a list of all of the airships. Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik has also issued a press release along with this milestone. This is the most important piece of the press release to continue reading jump down to the full text in English and German

US market opened for Zeppelin NT airships

Friedrichshafen, June, 26th 2008 – ZLT Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik GmbH & Co. KG receives the Type certificate for the Zeppelin NT from the Federal Aviation Administration, FAA. After successful negotiations with Airship Ventures Inc., the maiden flight of the Zeppelin NT sold to Airship Ventures and the FAA Type Certification, the US market is opened for the Zeppelin NT.

The type certification for the Zeppelin NT has been successfully completed. The FAA has issued the type certificate. This type certificate is the basis for the timely start of Zeppelin NT operations in the US. “We received the type certification for one the most important aviation markets in the world,” said Thomas Brandt, CEO of ZLT, „this is a further very important step to the North American market.” Robert Gritzbach, Chief Engineer of ZLT commented: “An intensive process has been successfully concluded. The FAA has recognized the German-European certification requirements for modern airships in the Zeppelin NT category for commercial passenger transport, in an enduring public hearing process.”

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The EASA is currently holding only 3 type certificates one of which is the Zeppelin NT jump down to read it or download the original PDF from the EASA.

While researching this I also found a better version of the Airworthiness Criteria: Airship Design Criteria for Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik GmbH Model LZ N07 Airship click here to read it. I have got this document from the Justia Regulations Tracker a great tool to get official government documents like this one.

FAA - Type Certificate
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION AS1CE Revision 0 ZLT Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik GmbH & Co KG LZ N07-100 June 11, 2008 TYPE CERTIFICATE DATA SHEET NO. AS1CE This data sheet which is part of Type Certificate No. AS1CE prescribes conditions and limitations under which the product for which the type certificate was issued meets the airworthiness requirements of the Federal Aviation Regulations. Type Certificate Holder ZLT Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik GmbH & Co KG Allmannweilerstrasse 132 D-88046 Friedrichshafen Germany I - Model LZ N07-100, Normal Category (See Note 4) Airship (Approved June 11, 2008) (Note: some dimensions and quantities in this type certificate data sheet are noted only in metric units.) Structural Type Envelope Semi-rigid (internal structure in envelope.) Volume 298,409 cubic feet (8450 cubic meters) Maximum Pressure 2.4 inches H20 (600 Pa) Minimum Pressure 1.2 inches H20 (300 Pa) Volume 21,189 cubic feet or with Option B10 14,479 cubic feet (forward) Volume 56,504 cubic feet (aft) Helium, recommended minimum purity 94% 3 Textron Lycoming IO-360-C1G6 engines. 2 side mounted, 1 aft mounted. Vectorable propellers. TCDS 1E10 100/100LL Minimum Grade Aviation Fuel See Airship Flight Manual Maximum continuous, 2700 r.p.m. Takeoff, 2700 r.p.m. Maximum cylinder head temperature, 500°F (260 °C) Maximum inlet oil temperature, 244°F (118°C) On each side engine: 1 Hoffman HO-V373( )-D propeller. (driven through Zeppelin vectoring transmission system.) 2.7 meters diameter maximum propeller RPM 1250 TCDS P30BO Ballonets (2) Lifting Gas Engine Fuel(s) Oil Engine Limits Propellers Page No. Rev. No. 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - AS1CE 2 Propellers, (continued) On aft engine: 1 Hoffman HO-V373( )-D propeller 2.7 meters diameter (driven through Zeppelin vectoring transmission system.) maximum propeller RPM 1250 TCDS P30BO 1 Hoffman HO-V123F-DR/220GV lateral propeller 2.2 meters diameter (driven by Zeppelin transmission system.) maximum propeller RPM 2025 TCDS P5EU Airspeed Limits Maneuvering Speed Maximum Operating Limit Speed Design Speed for Maximum Gust Intensity Maximum T/O and Landing configuration speed Take off and Landing In Flight Maximum Forward Maximum Aft Maximum Forward Maximum aft 45 knots IAS 70 knots IAS 45 knots IAS 35 knots IAS 39.150 meters 39.900 meters 38.400 meters 39.900 meters C.G. Range The above center of gravity limitations are given in the Construction Coordinate System of the airship. The reference datum of this coordinate system is 5.000 m ahead of the nose of the airship. The horizontal reference line runs parallel to the airships centerline. Leveling Means Maximum Weights Seat rails, or in accordance with Airship Maintenance Manual Chapter 8. Maximum airship equilibrium (normal condition) weight Maximum car (gondola) gross weight Maximum static heaviness: In Flight Take off and landing Maximum static lightness 16,865 lbs. (7650 kg) 5,390 lbs. (2690 kg) 1,102 lbs. (500 kg) 882 lbs. (400 kg) -441 lbs. (-200 kg) Minimum Crew Minimum Flight Crew: One pilot. All pilots must comply with the requirements of 14 CFR Part 61.31 (h) (1) and (2) before serving as pilot in command of this aircraft. Type specific training requirements are identified in the current version of the FAA Flight Standardization Board (FSB) Report for the Zeppelin LZ N07. (For Single Pilot Operation the seat of the pilot is the LH seat. For Two Pilot Operation the crew station for the Pilot Flying is the LH seat (except training flights). Other Crew: For passenger-carrying operations, a second crew member, or another crew member in the right-hand seat is required. This crew member may be a qualified flight crew member, or another crew member, who has completed a Zeppelin training program that includes passenger assistance and emergency evacuation procedures. AS1CE 3 Number of Seats 15 places total: 2 (flight deck) at gondola station 22.38 meters 1 passenger LH at gondola station 23.31 meters 1 passenger LH at gondola station 24.49 meters 1 passenger LH at gondola station 25.31 meters 1 passenger LH at gondola station 26.12 meters 1 passenger LH at gondola station 26.93 meters 1 passenger LH at gondola station 27.75 meters 1 passenger RH at gondola station 23.31 meters 1 passenger RH at gondola station 24.72 meters 1 passenger RH at gondola station 25.49 meters 1 passenger RH at gondola station 26.25 meters 1 passenger RH at gondola station 27.00 meters 1 passenger RH at gondola station 27.77 meters 1 passenger RH at gondola station 28.53 meters (or optional configurations identified in Zeppelin document 07 TD 01 250, Zeppelin LZ N07-100 Optional Cabin Layouts, but not to exceed 13 passenger seats.) Baggage/Cargo Fuel Capacity No dedicated baggage/cargo station. 110.95 gallons usable at gondola station 29.3 meters (LH) 110.95 gallons usable at gondola station 29.3 meters (RH) 84.57 gallons usable at gondola station 76.6 meters (Aft) The unuseable fuel is included in the certificated empty weight (See Note 1.) 8.0 qts. maximum, 5.0 qts. minimum at 29.3 meters (LH) 8.0 qts. maximum, 5.0 qts. minimum at 29.3 meters (RH) 8.0 qts. maximum, 5.0 qts. minimum at 76.6 meters (Aft) In flight: 1543 lbs. (700 kg) of water at 25.6 meters 441 lbs (200 kg) at 26.9 m. (Gondola locker aft) Ground: 1543 lbs. (700 kg) of water at 25.6 meters 441 lbs (200 kg) at 24.1 meters (Gondola locker forward) 661 lbs (300 kg) at 26.9 meters (Gondola locker aft) 397 lbs (180 kg) at 63.2 meters (Landing gear aft) Oil Capacity Ballast Maximum Operating Altitude Control Surfaces Control Surface Movements Vectored Thrust Movements 10,000 feet (pressure altitude.) Three (triform), inverted "Y". ± 20° (all) Side Engines: Aft Engine: 0º (forward horizontal) to 120º up. 0º (aft horizontal) to 90º down. Avoid sustained operation with forward swivel angles between 43° and 57° during normal operation Serial Nos. Eligible Import Requirements 002 and on. (ZLT Option K73 must be installed for US import.) The FAA can issue a U.S. airworthiness certificate based on an NAA Export Certificate of Airworthiness (Export C of A) signed by a representative of the Luftfahrt Bundesamt on behalf of the European Community. The Export C of A should contain the following statement: ‘The aircraft covered by this certificate has been examined, tested, and found to comply with U.S. airworthiness regulations 14 CFR Part 21.17(b) approved under U.S. Type Certificate No. AS1CE and to be in a condition for safe operation.’ AS1CE 4 Certification Basis 14 CFR Parts 21.17(b) at amendment 21-70, effective December 31, 1992: Compliance with FAR 21.17(b) has been shown utilizing the provisions of Advisory Circular 21.17-1 dated October 30, 1992, section 5. The airworthiness and environmental requirements met under this provision are the German national requirement the Lufttüchtigkeitsforderungen für Luftschiffe der Kategorien Normal und Zubringer (LFLS), issued April 13, 2001, with additional or alternate requirements as identified in notice for final design criteria in the Federal Register; Volume 73, Number 62, on March 31, 2008. Compliance to LFLS §1415 ditching provisions, has been shown. Application for Type Certificate dated January 10, 2001. Type Certificate No. AS1CE issued May 27, 2008. The Luftfahrt Bundesamt originally type certificated this aircraft under its type certificate Number 9004. The FAA validated this product under U.S. Type Certificate Number AS1CE. Effective September 28, 2003, the European Aviation Safety Agency EASA) began oversight of this product on behalf of Germany. Approved for Day/Night VFR operations. Equipment The basic required equipment as prescribed in the applicable airworthiness requirements (see Certification Basis) must be installed in the aircraft for certification. In addition to the above required equipment, the following equipment is also required: FAA approved Airship Flight Manual, Document Number 07 ML 01 200, Revision E, issued April 2, 2003, or later FAA approved revision. (See Note 4.) The airship must be operated in accordance with Zeppelin Airship Ground Handling Manual, 07 ML 01 400, Revision C-00, dated November 16, 2007, or later FAA approved revision. This manual is to be made available to the operator's flight and ground crews. Service Information Each of the documents listed below must state that it is approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) or – for approvals made before September 28, 2003 – by the Luftfahrt Bundesamt. • Service bulletins, • Structural repair manuals, • Vendor manuals, • Aircraft flight manuals, and • Overhaul and maintenance manuals. The FAA accepts such documents and considers them FAA-approved unless one of the following conditions exists: • The documents change the limitations, performance, or procedures of the FAA approved manuals; or •The documents make an acoustical or emissions changes to this product’s U.S. type certificate as defined in 14 CFR § 21.93. The FAA uses the post type validation procedures to approve these documents. The FAA may delegate on case-by-case to EASA to approve on behalf of the FAA for the U.S. type certificate. If this is the case it will be noted on the document. NOTE 1. Current weight and balance report together with list of equipment included in certificated empty weight, and loading instructions when necessary, must be provided for each airship at time of original certification. The certificated empty weight includes unusable fluids. AS1CE 5 NOTE 2. All placards required in the Airship Flight Manual and Maintenance Manual must be installed in the appropriate locations. Maintenance and Inspection of this airship must be carried out according to Airship Maintenance Manual, Document Number 07 ML 05 200, Revision D-01 dated March 25, 2003, or later FAA accepted revision. This airship is type certificated in the Normal category for airships in the United States, but is approved to carry up to 13 passengers. Options listed in ZLT Document 07 TD 01 131 dated May 15, 2008 are FAA approved as noted in this document. Later options will be approved according to the FAA-EASA agreements for type design changes. ...END... NOTE 3. NOTE 4. NOTE 5.


ZLT - Press Release - English
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PRESS RELEASE Zeppelin NT Airships receive FAA Authorization US market opened for Zeppelin NT airships Friedrichshafen, June, 26th 2008 – ZLT Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik GmbH & Co. KG receives the Type certificate for the Zeppelin NT from the Federal Aviation Administration, FAA. After successful negotiations with Airship Ventures Inc., the maiden flight of the Zeppelin NT sold to Airship Ventures and the FAA Type Certification, the US market is opened for the Zeppelin NT. The type certification for the Zeppelin NT has been successfully completed. The FAA has issued the type certificate. This type certificate is the basis for the timely start of Zeppelin NT operations in the US. “We received the type certification for one the most important aviation markets in the world,” said Thomas Brandt, CEO of ZLT, „this is a further very important step to the North American market.” Robert Gritzbach, Chief Engineer of ZLT commented: “An intensive process has been successfully concluded. The FAA has recognized the German-European certification requirements for modern airships in the Zeppelin NT category for commercial passenger transport, in an enduring public hearing process.” Airship Ventures is happy about the on time type certification and is already planning their fleet expansion in the USA. Alex Hall, Airship Ventures CEO, remarked: “We see a market for a further two or three Zeppelin NT airships in the US.” The Zeppelin NT has already conquered Germany and Japan. Its ability to perform multiple applications from passenger flights to various special missions are the convincing factor. Figures got the modern airship displays 13.500 flight hours and over 75.000 passengers since 2001. The newly finished Zeppelin NT (maiden flight on May 21st 2008) shows a number of technical improvements, amongst others are the reduced weight while increasing lift and the near doubling of airframe lifetime. ABOUT ZEPPELIN LUFTSCHIFFTECHNIK GMBH & CO. KG Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik GmbH & Co. KG, headquartered in historic Friedrichshafen, Germany, develops, manufactures and markets the Zeppelin NT, a modern lighter than air multi-purpose airship. Zeppelin NT airships are currently operating in Japan and Germany. In partnership with Deutsche Zeppelin-Reederei GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik, a Zeppelin NT 07 has flown commercial air tours, advertising and scientific missions throughout Europe since 2001. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press-Contact: Kathrin Runge Deutsche Zeppelin-Reederei GmbH Allmannsweilerstrasse 132 D-88046 Friedrichshafen Tel.: +49 7541 5900 547 Fax.: +49 7541 5900 22547 presse@zeppelin-nt.de www.zeppelin-nt.de


ZLT - Press Release - German
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EASA - Type Certificate
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FAA - Airworthiness Criteria

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