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Lighter Than Air (LTA) EVENT CALENDAR | LTA
Founded1974 by George E. Wright, Jr
Purpose: To further the development of Lighter-Than-Air (LTA)
flight by providing a forum for discussion of the history and
of LTA and a resource for LTA researchers, designers and builders.
on engineering and technology.
Membership: open to all with an interest in LTA flight and
construction of LTA vehicles. Membership is currently free of charge. See signup button at the bottom of this page.
Quarterly magazine Aerostation
with Lighter-Than-Air Institute's quarterly Gasbag (later Airshipworld) as of 1996.
last print issue was Volume 26, Number 4, December 2003. Since January
2004 we have published only to the Web. Issues can be dowloaded free of
charge as .pdf files.
No. 1 (Spring 2004) Volume 27, No.
2 (Summer 2004) Volume 27, No.
3 (Fall 2004) Volume 27, No.
4 (Winter 2004) Volume 28, Nos.
1 & 2 (Spring/Summer 2005) Volume 28, No.3 (Fall 2005)
Volume 28, No.4 (Winter 2005) Volume 29, Nos.1&2 (Spring/Summer 2006)
We also publish a three-volume set on how to Build Your
Those interested in LTA modeling should check
out Don James' Model Hot Air Blimps.
We also proudly publish Robert (Rex) Rechs' unique manual on Building
Small Gas Blimps. A companion volume,
Blimps, is also available.
- Our Library List of some 1600 items from our 2000+
technical library is available in machine-readable form at no cost to
user. You may browse a summary version on-line,
the full database in ASCII export form, or download it in the form of
Adobe Acrobat file. (If you don't have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader, follow
- ABAC_LL.txt (270K ASCII
- LL.pdf (Adobe Acrobat file,
- Reprints from 2000+ item library of LTA publications
including technical papers,
manuals, memoirs and historical works. Reprints are available to all
at Archivale.com's normal copy rates, but ABAC members receive a $.02/sheet discount on this service.
Non-members are subject to a US$5 (not including postage)
order; ABAC members are not. Instructions for ordering
by post, are here, including a link to an order
form that you can print out.
- For those who prefer to order reprints on-line, using a
reprints of all the documents in the Library List are now available
sales outlet Archivale.com. If you are a member of ABAC, please obtain a coupon code from ABAC before
ordering on-line so that the appropriate discount can be applied -
on Archivale are for non-members.
- All the 400 or so surviving US Navy Bureau of Aeronautics (LTA Section) Design
Memoranda ("Burgess Memos") will soon be available as reprints or downloadable files, also through Archivale. Thanks to a dedicated LTA enthusiast in the USA, they have been transferred from microfilm to .pdf files.
- Custom key word searches of the 2000 or so catalogued
the Library. If you're still intimidated by database managers and aren't comfortable with Archivale's primitive search facilities, we can
your search for you and email you a list of documents that
to your interests.
- Technical and business consulting for LTA-related
available, either directly or by referral.
- For your convenience, we have collected our own document and book
and LTA material available from other sources on the Web, into a single
& Documents page, which will gradually become an index and
guide for all Web-accessible material related to our common interest in
Lighter Than Air flight.
- ABAC intends to resume its earlier practice of holding LTA
low-cost venues. As before, non-ABACers will be welcome, but ABAC
will receive discounts.
- An on-line membership directory listing only those
in writing to the publication of their names and addresses.
Forms capable browser required - Press the button only once, please
You will automatically be added to the ABAC Mailing List. An email message will be sent to you asking you to confirm that you want to be an ABAC member. It will also list membership benefits and conditions.
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