Posts Tagged ‘ventures’

OMG, It’s “Zeppelin Flight Timelapse: San Francisco, California!” – Video of Cruising Low and Slow Over the 415

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Here’s what the Bay Area’s big Zeppelin looks like from San Francisco…

…and here’s what San Francisco looks like from the Bay Area’s big Zeppelin:

Ah, mem’ries:

Passing by Coit Tower:

A close up view, click to enlarge. Can you see pilot Fritz Guenther and his Peltor brand headphones? Sure you can.

And an adorable piggly tail in the back:

There we go, back to normal:

President Barack Obama Picks Paula R. Collins and Alex Mehran as New Board Members of the Presidio Trust

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Here’s the news of the day from our Presidio Trust, or perhaps it was last week’s  - I’m kind of slow on the the uptake sometimes:

“PRESIDENT OBAMA TAPS BUSINESS, CIVIC LEADERS FOR PRESIDIO TRUST BOARD – NANCY BECHTLE RE-APPOINTED BOARD’S CHAIR

Presidio of San Francisco (August 14, 2012) — President Barack Obama has named two prominent Bay Area leaders — Paula R. Collins and Alex Mehran — to the Presidio Trust Board of Directors. The White House also re-appointed Nancy Bechtle as board chair. Ms. Collins and Mr. Mehran are replacing outgoing board members J. Michael Shepherd and Bill Wilson.

Paula R. Collins is the chief executive officer of WDG Ventures, Inc., a real estate development company in Northern California, and president of Portfolio Real Estate Consulting.

Part of the original project development team for the Moscone Convention Center, Ms. Collins is a founder and director of Presidio Bank in San Francisco, a member of the national board of the Automobile Association of America and has served as an appointee to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Visiting Committee for the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. In addition, she is co-chair of the Board of Directors for the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, a member of the board of the Special Olympics for Northern California and has served on the Board of Directors of the BRIDGE Housing Corporation. Ms. Collins has been awarded the prestigious Silver Spur Award by the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research organization, in honor of her dedication to improving the quality of life and economic health of San Francisco; and has been honored by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women and the San Francisco Business Times. She graduated cum laude in urban studies from Mt. Holyoke College in Massachusetts and received her master’s degree in city planning from MIT. Ms. Collins replaces Mr. Shepherd on the board.

A Bay Area native, Alex Mehran is the president and chief executive officer of Sunset Development Company, a San Ramon based real estate development, investment, construction and management company founded by his father almost 60 years ago.

Mr. Mehran is chair of the Contra Costa Economic Partnership, a trustee of the San Francisco Ballet and a member of the University of California, San Francisco Chancellor’s Associates. In addition, he is a past chairman and current executive committee member of the Bay Area Council and is a former trustee of the Urban Land Institute and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Mr. Mehran received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College, where he graduated with honors. He earned a law degree, also with honors, from England’s Cambridge University. Mr. Mehran replaces Mr. Wilson.

“Alex and Paula are joining the board at a very exciting time – the Presidio Trust is now financially self-sufficient and we are seeing the benefits of a decade worth of investments in the park,” said Craig Middleton, Presidio Trust Executive Director. “Alex and Paula will be instrumental in helping us expand the public benefit of the Presidio to the local community and the nation.”

A fourth generation San Franciscan, Nancy Bechtle grew up across the street from the Presidio, and, as a child would scale the base’s walls to play in Julius Kahn Park. Once, she was even kicked out for riding her horse on the base. Appointed to the Trust’s board by President George W. Bush in 2008, Ms. Bechtle was first elected chair in 2009. She is chairman of the board of the Sugar Bowl Corporation, serves on the board of directors for the Charles Schwab Corporation and is a former chief financial officer and director of J.R. Bechtle and Company. A past president and chief executive officer of the San Francisco Symphony, Ms. Bechtle has served on the symphony’s board of governors since 1984 and has also served on the board of the San Francisco Opera Association. In addition she has served on the board of the National Park Foundation, holding the board’s citizen chair from 2005 to 2007. Ms. Bechtle recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco and has received a Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award from the California Arts Council and the Investment in Leadership award from the Coro Foundation, among her many other honors.

“I am pleased to welcome these very talented and accomplished people to the board,” said Nancy Bechtle. “The experience that Paula and Alex bring will be great assets as the Trust expands its public-serving programs while continuing to keep an eye on ensuring the park’s self-sufficiency.”

The Presidio Trust is governed by a seven-member board of directors. Six members are appointed by the President of the United States. The seventh is the U.S. Secretary of the Interior or his designee. An executive director reports to the board and oversees a staff with expertise including environmental science, historic preservation, operations and maintenance, landscape design, planning, resource management, real estate development, public affairs and programs, law, and finance.

Biographies of all Trust board members are available at www.presidio.gov

The Presidio Trust was established by the United States Congress in 1996 to administer the Presidio of San Francisco, an urban national park site that is located at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge. The areas overseen by the Trust include expansive open space and spectacular views, a 300-acre historic forest, and rare and endangered plants and wildlife. The park comprises nearly 6 million square feet of buildings, including 469 historic structures that contribute to the Presidio’s status as a National Historic Landmark District.”

Slowly But Surely, San Francisco Loses Its Only Zeppelin to Los Angeles

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Remember back in the day when San Francisco had it’s very own “world-class” airship, the largest in the world? Well, it looks like we’re losing her to Los Angeles and Fun Diego, slowly but surely.

One of our dirigibles/ is missing/ tonight/ from the skies of the bay area.

First the Redwoods, now this. Who lost the Eureka?*

I’ll miss your piggy tail most of all, Eureka. Sure you’ll come back and visit from time to time, but we want you all to ourselves.

Tell us Airship Ventures, tell us what we did wrong! How can we change?

*Feel free to add this to your list of Pointless Inter-City Rivalries. It’s #87 on mine.

“Our New-Look Airship Returns to the Los Angeles Skies

“It’s been a while since Eureka sailed the skies, spending the past four weeks under wraps in Hangar Two for her annual maintenance. During her month-long tune-up, the airship not only got some new parts, she also got a new look. For the second time this year, we are partnering with Farmers Insurance to fly their brand above communities they serve in California– first stop, Los Angeles!

 Join us aboard Eureka March 26 – April 4 for flightseeing SoCal style. Choose to fly along the coast, above L.A. landmarks and Tinseltown icons, or perhaps celebrate spring with an Easter egg hunt from 1000-feet!”

Bye bye Empire, bye bye – after the jump.

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NASA uses the Airship Ventures Zeppelin to Study the Bay Area

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

NASA is now using the largest Zeppelin in the world to conduct scientific journeys – read all ab0ut it.

Get up to speed about this monstrous thing here and see where it’s been lately by clicking here.

And this is what it’s like UP there.

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As seen over the Golden Gate Bridge last week, on a nice, sunny day. Click to expand.

Disney Pixar Advertises New “Up” Movie on World’s Largest Zeppelin

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

This is what the the Bay Area’s Eureka Zeppelin looks like above San Francisco’s Ferry Building these days. Read all about the new colorful ad for the straight-out-of-Emeryville film Up, after the jump. 

And if you live in Los Angeles, like Frank Black, then you’ll see this very same airship above your skies over the weekend. Look for it under the pouring sun.

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Read all about it, after the jump:

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Hey Pilots! Now You Can Spend a Day Flying a Zeppelin Over San Francisco

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

Do you have a pilot’s license, a current FAA medical certificate, and little extra pocket change? If so, you can sign up to spend a morning learning about the largest zeppelin that exists in the world and then spend an afternoon flying this low, slow and comfortable aircraft with other pilots over the Bay Area.

AOPA thinks it a good idea, anyway.

As seen from Golden Gate Park: Fly With Me (650) 969-8100. Click to expand:

Read all about it:

A Day To Remember

It’s finally here; your chance to fly a Zeppelin! Led by our experienced pilot and engineer team, this day-long adventure will allow you to see behind the scenes at Airship Ventures and learn the basics of airship flight before trying it for yourself.

Each session is limited to six pilots, giving each pilot at least 30 minutes in the cockpit as well as nearly four hours of total flight time in the Zeppelin. This gives you plenty of time to ask questions and to see the sights of the Bay Area while talking with fellow pilots and our Zeppelin crew.

If you’d like more time in the cockpit, just add additional slots or ask about a custom package.

Or, to gift this experience to someone, talk to us about a special gift package.

Flight Day Itinerary

9:00 AM

Welcome & Continental Breakfast

9:30 – Noon—Ground School

Covering history and terminology; operations and flight manual review; systems, limitations and performance, and flight safety

Noon – 1:00 PM

Lunch and pre-flight checks at Hangar 2

1:00 PM – 4:30 PM—Airship Flights

  • Observe de-masting and take off.
  • Each student gets at least 30 minutes at the controls, including straight and level flight, turns, climbing and descending, landing.
  • Observe landing and masting.

4:30 – 5:30 PM

Closing Reception / log book sign off

Everything’s Gone Green at the Upcoming 2009 Mavericks Surf Contest

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Well everything’s gone green at the 2009 Marvericks Surf Contest. So, while we’re waiting for the tasty waves, feel free to check out this report below on the Stanfoo ”surfonomics” study, solar-powered land operations and more.

See? It’s all green:

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The 2009 competition could happen at any time up until March 31st.

Tink happy toughts.

Sometimes, even the water’s green over there.

 

MAVERICKS ANNOUNCES AMBITIOUS ENVIRONMENT-FOCUSED INITIATIVES
FOR THE 2009 MAVERICKS SURF CONTEST(R)
HALF MOON BAY, Calif., January 23, 2009 – Mavericks Surf Ventures,
Inc. (Mavericks) today announced a program to advance its strong and
long-standing commitment to environmental responsibility at the site
and activities associated with the annual Mavericks Surf Contest(R).
“Mavericks is a natural phenomenon of the highest order. The
organizers, our partners, and the heroes who surf at this break hold
the environment in great esteem,” said Mavericks CEO Keir J. Beadling.
 ”The Mavericks family is committed to preserving the beauty and
health of the local ecology. We have made ‘Stewardship’ one of our
core corporate values.  Most of our efforts have been focused on
protecting the area around the Mavericks break itself. That’s where
the company got its start, and where we continue to have the largest
potential impact. But we hope to make broader contributions as well.
We want to encourage people from all over the world, educate them on
ways to make positive contributions in their own coastal communities.
Serious respect for the environment has been at the core of our
event’s DNA since day one. This year we will make even more ambitious
efforts.”

More after the jump

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Numerous Zeppelin Sightings Above San Francisco This Month

Monday, December 29th, 2008

Read all about itZeppelin service has been firmly established in the San Francisco Bay Area.

As seen over the weekend:

Passing by Coit Tower:

A close up view, click to enlarge. Can you see pilot Fritz Guenther and his Peltor brand headphones? Sure you can.

And an adorable piggly tail in the back:

There we go, back to normal:

The Largest Zeppelin in the World is Heading to Monterey Tomorrow

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

The largest zeppelin in the world and frequent San Francisco visitor is mixing things up a bit tomorrow. Instead of flying locally, which is the normal schedule, the Eureka  is going on a field trip.

It’s heading from Mountain View’s Moffet Federal Airfield to Monterey for one-hour flights there and then back to Google’s Air Force Base in the evening.  

via Esthr’s photostream

And don’t forget about the special limousine and champagne-filled evening they have planned for New Year’s Eve. It’s going to start at Michael Mina restaurant for a little din-din and then end up above the bay with the fireworks when the clock strikes midnight. It’s only $25,000 per dozen people. Whom will you take with you?   

Zeppelin Day Trip to Monterey!

“Airship Ventures is flying to Monterey for the day this Thursday, Dec. 11th! And, if you’re already in Monterey, now is your chance to fly on a Zeppelin tour around Monterey Bay. On Dec. 11, 2008, the Airship Ventures Zeppelin, Eureka, will fly passengers to and from Monterey for the day and offer tours around Monterey Bay.

Departing the Bay Area from: Airship Ventures, NASA Ames Research Park, Moffett Field. Click here for directions.

Agenda – Dec. 11, 2008

8:30 a.m. Airship departs Bay Area for Monterey
10:00 a.m. Airship arrives in Monterey
10:00 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. Monterey Bay one-hour flights offered
4:00 p.m. Airship departs Monterey for Bay Area
6:00 p.m. Airship returns to Bay Area

Call us today as space is limited.
Dial (650)-969-8100! (ext. 111)”

The Airship Ventures Zeppelin is Open for Business in the Bay Area

Monday, October 27th, 2008

This was the scene this morning at Moffet Field in Mountain View. This huge thing is our new Zeppelin NT from Airship Ventures.

Wouldn’t you like to be Aloft in a Zeppelin? Read the trip report here.

Via the Telstar Logistics Photostream

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