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LTA Solutions

A private practice for lighter-than-air aircraft


LTA Solutions was started with aims to serve the lighter-than-air (LTA) aircraft industry worldwide and to help introduce new types for the 21st Century. 'LTA aircraft' is a general term used to cover the aerospace industry sector involved and the various related types, mainly dependent on aerostatic lift (buoyancy) to remain airborne. These include:

Luffships (LS)

These were conceived to overcome past problems still unresolved and to make possible things that currently are impossible. See: Luffship Projects for information.

Fabric Structures

Light re-locatable structures (such as marquees) and fabric covered or inflated buildings (such as hangars or halls) provide compatible key ground facilities necessary for LTA operations. They also may be alternative products through lean periods. For new people considering LTA aircraft developments, these help one to train people and gain expertise in fabric technology (needed for aerostat production).

General Information

For clarification of LTA aircraft terminology, see the downloadble definitions document.

LTA Solutions has an extensive library of LTA aircraft books and documents. It also has a wide network of helpful experienced associates in the industry.

Itís known that aircraft developments provide many peripheral opportunities and rich rewards when managed properly. Luffships are a new opportunity with great potential in the 21st century that may be used in a number of ways for benefit and services, including: tourism, commuter operations, heavy airlift (for transport, construction, lift & movement purposes), surveillance, advertising, scientific research, broadcasting, exploration, search and rescue, relay (telemetry), forestry, geological survey, agricultural survey, atmospheric study, patrol and many other purposes.

Airships generally are grossly underutilised today! See next page for some circumstances of this. However, it is believed they could cause a step change if addressed in better ways, enabling particular things to be done that people only dream about at the moment. Types for applications such as aerial cranes to lift and place loads of say up to 1000 tonne or geostationary long endurance platforms remaining for months on station (needed by the telecommunications industry) are possible. Cruise airships providing pleasure flights also would be a great pull for the tourist industry. They all need a thriving industry to grow from, which barely exists today!

As numerous aircraft show, HTA types have mainly reached their limits, are noisy and consume huge quantities of fuel that pollutes our atmosphere, which canít go on indefinitely. On the other hand, airships have not really been exploited very much, despite operating in nicer ways. The world needs their capability and those who work to realise it can benefit. Please see consideration before giving up on them.

Balloons (basic LTA types) were the first aircraft to carry people and still do in great numbers Ė thatís real success to leverage! Letís not overlook these roots when leaping to higher goals. Instead, letís grow from them in sustainable ways.

See services offered to help the industry.