Cameron Balloons invented the hot-air airship in 1972, and the latest generation of these eye-catching promotional craft incorporates up to 100 square meters of high visibility advertising space on each side of a hull.
Working in partnership Gefa Flug, the Cameron Balloons hot-air airship costs less than 5% of the price of a modern helium-filled craft to operate. The hot-air airship requires no large hanger, no portable mooring mast, no expensive ancillary equipment and only a small operating crew.
Maintenance of the Gefa Flug hot-air airship is simple and inexpensive.
Like hot air balloons, thermal airships are first inflated partially with cold (ambient temperature) air. Once the envelopes are sufficiently full, a propane burner is ignited, and the inflation is completed using heated air.
A Hot Air Ship generates buoyancy by heating air in the large envelope, overhead a Gondola. The lower density of interior hot air compared to cool ambient air causes an upward force on the envelope. This is very similar to a hot air balloon, with the notable exception that an airship has a powered means of propulsion, whilst a hot air balloon relies on winds for navigation.
These Hot Air Ships are routinely deflated after each flight and can be readily packed for storage and/or transport.
The first public flight of a hot air airship was made by Don Cameron in a Cameron D-96 at the Icicle Meet in January 1973.
Steel tubular spaceframe Gondola with aluminium and polycarbonate panels
Dimensions - Length: 41m, Día: 12.5m (4 Seater).
Handcrafted to the highest aircraft standards
See the Thermal airship for yourself
What people are saying…
“..we did the media launch today and it was really fantastic! Everyone was so impressed and the Cirque people were completely blown away!!! You guys really did an absolutely amazing job!!!”
Justin Armour, Sales Director, Adguru Media Group
“Our balloon club, Raumnautit ry, Rauma, Finland has a Cameron C-80 envelope OH-EHR s/n 11299/2009 - It is VERY nice to fly”
Antti Lehto, Finland
“We’ve spent a nice time flying our great, new balloon! We are proud that our gorgeous balloon has the label ‘Cameron Balloons’, and always recommend your company as one of the best aeronautic company”
Yana Vaseva, Russia
“...the balloon was shipped on time. I received the paperwork and authorisation to fly on the Friday. On Saturday and Sunday the balloon was inflated in front of 16,000 people in a special event.”
Pierre Galley, Switzerland
“I am so impressed by how wonderful it looks. So true to the ideas and the design, and so BIG. I almost can't believe you pulled it off, but I always knew you would.’”
Patricia Piccinini, Artist and Sculptor of SkyWhale
“It was a great asset to be able to rely on you to put together a good product at short notice. Thanks again for helping out, you and the team were all great!”