Interview with Gennady Verba
Russia Today: You make an unusual product – dirigibles, or airships as they are called nowadays. In fact, this makes you think of the 1920s. What’s new about your systems?
Gennady Verba: Airships in the past were filled with dangerous and flammable gas. Modern ones are filled with helium, which is completely safe. Also, we use modern materials and approach to design. I can say that we are now witnessing the rebirth of airships. At the air show we display our latest model, the Au-30. It can monitor electrical lines or oil and gas pipelines, it can also be used for VIP tourism and of course advertising. I believe this is just the first step for our company, we intend to produce more cargo ships in the next three to five years.
RT: What specific traits of your airship are you going to demonstrate?
G.V.: This airship will show its flying capabilities in various weather conditions, its vector control system, as well as state-of-the-art surveillance equipment placed on board by our partner, AeroScan.
RT: Do you expect more of your airships to fly over Russia by 2009?
G.V.:Yes, I think so. Actually, every two years we demonstrate new models at the MAKS show. For instance in 2001, we displayed the Au-11 – a small one-seat airship, and in 2003 and 2005 its two-seat modifications. By the way, this airship is used to control traffic in Moscow.