||The Reference on Airships
Based in Boulder, Colorado, USA, and headed by Frank Rider, SkyRider
built several types of small blimps during the eighties. The last design
was the BA-3. The BA-3 is a single seater blimp powered by two Rotax 277
engines. The three-blade propellers and their line of thrust can be
rotated electrically from 90 degrees up to 45 degrees down.
The airship also has two ballonets, one fore and one
aft, which gives the pilot an additional way of controlling pitch.
In sum, the BA-3 incorporates all the technical advances usually found
only in much larger blimps. The prototype (N25FR) flew for the first
time in May 1988. It appears from FAA records that the ship was still
registered in late 1996, in Nashville, Tenessee.
Frank Rider is now president of the
Boulder Blimp Company
which manufactures all kinds of cold air inflatables and tethered
advertising helium blimps.