This SkyBoat wiki is writing the specs for a prize for flying a lifting body airship costing less than $5,000 USD.

Here are the draft rules as of Spring of 2014. Would financing or competing in this competition interest you or your school group?


Competition Description A Prize may be awarded by the SkyBoat Project for the Flight of a "lifting body airship" costing less than $5,000, in materials, to build.

Free-flight balloons with motors are not allowed. This Prize is for rigid vessels which can attain a velocity of ten knots.

Purpose of Prize This is a contest to promote international amateur airship development and to create a skyboat community.

Closure Date and Size of Prize The last day to attempt the PAirship Prize is [to be determined]. The monetary amount is also [to be determined]

Closure Extension Requests The Prize closure date may be extended for the good of the airship development field. Upon such extension, the Committe may change whichever rules it deems advisable.

Requests by entered teams for an extension of closure, due to adverse events beyond the team's control, MAY be entertained without obligation to do so.

Eligibility No branch of any incorporated for profit company shall be eligible to enter The Prize competition.

Schools are especially invited to enter The Prize.

Funding, Sponsorship No entered team is allowed to receive money, free goods or free services from, or to have a corporate sponsor, or any sponsor responsible to, or related to, a for-profit corporation.

Teams may accept funds from non-profit organizations which do not receive any funding from any for-profit corporation.

Teams may accept funds from individuals who wish to contribute their own, personal, funds up to one thousand dollars.

The Founder of the Smallblimps online Forum may serve on the Prize Committee and shall chose which Forum members may serve as committee members.

As of December 1, 2009, Allen Meece is Prize Writer and Moderator of The Prize topic on the web Forum.

Disclaimer CAUTION, flying in a home made aircraft may be hazardous to your health.

Happily flying in airships includes an element of danger. Before you make your first flight you MUST employ an airframe and powerplant expert to inspect your vessel to ensure that it is structurally and operationally sound to fly.

Safety is encouraged in all phases of construction and flight and we cannot accept any liability should anyone suffer an unfortunate injury in the pursuit of this magnificent sport and Prize competition.

SkyBoat Specifications The winning airship will demonstrate the flight characteristics of Lighter Than Air ships as well as Heavier Than Airships. The airship must incorporate aerodynamic lift in its lifting body shape.

Fuselage of The Prize entry must be a rigid or semi-rigid airship.

Payload shall consist of one pilot and gear and luggage. Total payload shall be at least 250 pounds US measure.

The entry will demonstrate its Heavier Than Air Characteristics by taking off and climbing to 100 feet and flying a greater-than-one-mile diameter circle for a period of sixty minutes and then performing an aerodynamic, well-controlled, low-impact landing and then taxiing smartly to the tie-down spot without any assistance to conclude a successful Prize-winning Flight.

Ballast is defined as removable solid objects which have no relation to the operation of the airship other than to perform as dead weight.

Gasoline, instruments, tools, equipment of any kind, including safety, is not considered ballast for these rules.

Total Allowable Cost Total cost of flight materials incorporated in The Prize entry vessel shall be less than $5,000 US Dollars as internationally-valued seven days before the day of the entry's Prize Flight.

Propulsion power may be gasoline engine or a combination of engine and electric motors.

Electric Motor The propeller[s] may be mechanically connected to, and directly moved by, an electric motor.

Battery The main battery may be any type of electrical storage device.

Charger The battery may be charged by an on-board electrical generator and/or from a ground-based elecrical source.

The utilization of solar cells and/or fuel cells as an auxiliary battery charging system is highly encouraged.

That's it so far. More clarifications may be required. ALM, April 20, 2014

Consumable Materials
Flight Materials
Excess Materials
Consultants Input
Construction Labor
Transportation, storage