The airship uses a similar technology to the hot air balloon. Compared to a hot air balloon an airship has a number of advantages. It can be steered and has a motor. Therefore an airship can be perfectly used to fly over large events and areas. Airship aviation exists since the 19th century and as generally know, were the pioneers in the field of air transportation.

TRIGEMA Luftschiff

When can an airship actually fly?

Whether an airship can fly or not, depends on a number of conditions. Firstly it is highly dependent on the wind intensity, as the airship’s weight of ca. 900 kg is fairly light in relation to its actual size and therefore offer a larger surface for the wind. Secondly, it is highly dependent on thermal. It can therefore only fly early mornings or late evenings before the sun set during the spring and summer months. Only in cold winter months (November-March) can it operate throughout the day.

Facts to know about the TRIGEMA airship:

  • with about 41 m in length, the airship is about as long as a passenger plane
  • its max. speed is 40 km/h
  • the fuselage is made of 2.800 m² of nylon fabric
  • 3 million liters of cold air are pumped into the fuselage and heated to 100° C with a dual propane gas burner
  • our airship flies at a height of 150-600 m for up to 3 hours
  • the gondola at the bottom of the airship can fit one pilot and up to three passengers
  • the max. weight of the airship is 900 kg and includes fuel and passengers
  • on 21st May 2016 the TRIGEMA airship had its first mission at the final of the German Football Association Cup in Berlin
  • since then, the airship has been deployed for flights in Hamburg, Cologne, Kiel and the Alps, including Austria – further flights are being planned