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Snow blindness: Airships in Canada’s northern transportation policy

Snow blindness: Airships in Canada’s northern transportation policy

This commentary by Barry Prentice examines the viability of cargo airships to address the northern transportation puzzle. By Barry Prentice ~ macdonaldlaurier.ca “If cargo airships are such a good idea for the North, why aren’t the skies filled with them?” This question was posed to me by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute a few months ago. It […]

The giant hangar poised for an aviation revolution

Airships could offer a much cleaner and quieter alternative for some aspects of the aviation market. In a former airship factory, a new generation are taking shape. By Mark Piesing ~ BBC.com Sergey Brin turned internet search into one of the world’s most valuable businesses more than two decades ago. Now he intends to improve […]

Remember the Hindenburg? Forget the Hindenburg!

By: Barry Prentice ~ financialpost.com Opinion: Canada’s ban on hydrogen airships is misguided and needs to be revoked Hydrogen is not just the transportation fuel of the future: it is here now. Hydrogen gas is already used to power road vehicles (cars, trucks, buses), fork-lift trucks and even, in Germany, trains. Aviation is the next […]

Op-ed: Transport Canada 2030 strategic plan missing a key plank

By: Barry Prentice ~ news.umanitoba.ca The following is an op-ed written by Barry Prentice, professor of supply chain management in the Asper School of Business. It was originally published in the Hill Times on Feb. 22, 2021. In 1936, Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King observed “that if some countries have too much history, we […]

Hydrogen gas-fuelled airships could spur development in remote communities

By: Barry E. Prentice, theconversation.com What do tomatoes, hemp and hydrogen gas have in common? Only one thing: they were all victims of misinformation that banned their use. Harmless products that could have had a positive role in the economy and society were shunned for generations. It seems incredible today to think that Europeans believed […]

How airships could provide the future of green transport

By: AMBROSE EVANS-PRITCHARD, www.telegraph.co.uk The UK is a leader in the airship revival, going head to head with France in an escalating global race Zeppelins and dirigible airships are with us again after eighty years out of favour – faster and hopefully much safer than in the inter-War era – promising ultra-low carbon air transport […]

Remembering the R-100 visit to Canada

By Kenneth I. Swartz ~ Skies Mag Ninety years ago, almost a million and a half Canadians looked skywards to see His Majesty’s Airship R-100 slowly sail across the sky on a 13-day visit to Quebec and Ontario following a record setting 3,364-mile (5,414-kilometre) non-stop flight from England. The 719-foot 9.5-inch (219-metre) long R-100 was […]

The airship is making a futuristic, luxury comeback

By Starre Vartan – July 28, 2020 Picture it: Dancing the night away with cocktails in hand, fresh air breezing over your skin as you step out onto a quiet balcony. Below, lights from small towns dot Earth’s darkened landscape as you pass overhead, the moon reflected in an inky lake. This is how air […]

How airships could return to our crowded skies

By Mark Piesing (BBC) Airships lost out to conventional aircraft after a series of disastrous crashes. But now safer technology could be the key to their return. Zeppelins fill the skies of Philip Pullman’s epic trilogy of fantasy novels, His Dark Materials. The giant airships of his parallel universe carry the mail, transport soldiers into […]

Milder winters raise ice road anxiety – Winnipeg Free Press

Remote Manitoba communities worried over looming loss of land access MAGGIE MACINTOSH AS climate change makes Manitoba winters increasingly unpredictable, leaders in remote First Nations are crossing their fingers, hoping for a long-lasting winter road season so residents can travel and essential goods can be transported via truck. “Every year, you worry: ‘If they’re not […]

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