Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Airship Convention - Welcome Cocktail and Zeppelin Hangar Visit

Bernd Sträter & Dick Chadburn
The 7th International Airship Convention has started tonight with a Welcome Cocktail where the attendees got to meet each other and have a little time to chat before tomorrows first day of sessions. Dr. Bernd Sträter and Dick Chadburn, chairman of the Airship Association welcomed the delegates with a few words and gave a short outline of the evening. The Cocktail hour was from 18:00 to 19:00. At 19:00 Thomas Brandt CEO of Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik GmbH invited all the delegates over to the Zeppelin Hangar to get an upclose and personal look at the Zeppelin NT in the Hangar. It gave everyone the opportunity to ask questions about the Zepppelin.
Zeppelin NT in the Hangar
Thomas Brandt as well as Brend Sträter and a few others happyly answered the many question the delegates had. Many were clearly impressed by the sheer size of the Zeppelin.
I met a lot of people who I only knew through Email before, it's a fantastic get together of the who-is-who in the airship industry. And I am looking forward to the next day. The convention is opened in about 8 hours by the Lord Mayor of Friedrichshafen. The first two Sessions are "HAA/HALE" (High Altitude Airships) in room Austria chaired by Prof. Partrick Hendrick / COST at 9:00 and parallel to this in room Switzerland a Session called "Future Projects" chaired by Philipe Stabenau. See you there.

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