Editorials

Published editorials written by members of ISOPolar or the public regarding the airship industry. Please contact ISOPolar to make a submission.

How Crony Capitalism Killed the Zeppelin

How Crony Capitalism Killed the Zeppelin

Airships were initially considered safer and more capable than airplanes. It wasn’t just the Hindenburg that changed all that. By HUNTER DERENSIS • October 23, 2018 Photo Credit: SDASM Archives/Flickr   In today’s world, there are over 100,000 commercial airline flights every day and on rare occasion a small, tacky, promotional blimp. That’s made it unthinkable that lighter-than-air […]

Winter roads in the North threatened by climate change

Winter roads in the North threatened by climate change

Each year, temporary roads or winter roads are created in the north of most Canadian provinces to connect the most isolated communities. Ice Road Photo: Government of Manitoba A text by Rémi Authier Every winter, since the 1950s, thousands of kilometers of roads have been created in the north of the country. The roads of […]

Airships to replace Hudson Bay rail line?

Airships to replace Hudson Bay rail line?

By: Martin Cash Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 24, 2017   Barry Prentice, the supply chain management professor at the University of Manitoba, is hard-headed when it comes to the justification of investment in transportation infrastructure. “I always tell my students the three most important words in transportation are utilization, utilization […]

Airships could rescue First Nations

Airships could rescue First Nations

By: Barry Prentice Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 22, 2013 A11 Your editorial (Everyone should have food security, Feb.1) makes an important connection between transportation and health. The urban food deserts are linked to higher rates of diabetes because some residents cannot afford the travel costs to reach a large grocery […]

Airships a real solution for northern First Nations

Airships a real solution for northern First Nations

By: Joseph Quesnel Republished from the Winnipeg Sun print edition September 20, 2013 First Nations in northern Manitoba are finally seriously considering another solution to deal with their isolation. The next wave of the future for transporting goods to the north still might be in airships and hybrid air vehicles. A group of northern First […]

Ice roads, airships could work together

Ice roads, airships could work together

By: Barry Prentice Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 22, 2013 A11 A proposal to build an ice road from Churchill to Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, has been presented with the endorsement of both federal and provincial politicians (Nunavut link down the road? March 23). Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation Minister, Steve Ashton, is […]

Northern Food Supply Problems: Short-comings of Conventional Air Transport

Northern Food Supply Problems: Short-comings of Conventional Air Transport

Airships will offer a competitive advantage by Glenn J. Scott, March 13th, 2012 Northern Canadian communities have long suffered from an unreliable food supply, low-quality perishable food items and extraordinarily high costs. As recently as 2011, it was reported that residents of the High Arctic community of Arctic Bay, Nunavut were paying as much as […]

The Arctic Gateway and Transport Airships

The Arctic Gateway and Transport Airships

The hopes for an Arctic Gateway would be enhanced by transport airships Dr. Barry E. Prentice, June 20th, 2011. Wake up, northerners! Where is the money to pay for the promised road to Nunavut? Wake up, southerners! The price tag of between $2 billion and $3 billion is money not spent on the crumbling streets […]

An Airship-Cargo Service Would Transform the Economy of the North

An Airship-Cargo Service Would Transform the Economy of the North

Dr. Barry E. Prentice, June 20th, 2011. The “bold idea” Diane Gray outlines to use the CentrePort model for the development of Churchill deserves analysis. Most observers of Northern transportation would agree the Port of Churchill has seldom lived up to either expectations or economic potential. Consequently, an assessment of this Arctic Gateway vision is […]

There is a global need for airships

There is a global need for airships

By Dr. Barry E. Prentice What if a new vehicle could pick up almost anything and transport it almost anywhere? What if this vehicle could fly goods over land or sea at the lowest energy costs and the least environmental impact? How would that change the world? About once every 30 to 40 years since […]

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