The A.E. Bates Thermal Airship

The new thermal airship is named in honor of the late Mr. A.E. Bates. Mr. Bates gave over 25,000 hours of volunteer service to Greenpeace USA in the Finance department during his retirement.

The Greenpeace airship, A.E Bates, launched its first US operational flight on May 21st 2010. It inspected a Dupont chemical facility in Edge Moor, Delaware May 21, 2010. The inspection was part of a chemical security inspection tour in the Tri-State area. The ship drew peoples attention to the risks the plant was putting millions in.

On June 30th 2010 the airship launched near Seattle, Washington to promote the Oh-No-Costco campaign. It proudly flew the banner 'Costco: Wholesale Ocean Destruction' near Costco Corporate Headquarters citing the companys lack of a transparent and meaningful sustainable seafood policy.


Overall Length: 41.0 m (135 ft)_
Diameter: 12.8 m (42 ft)
Envelope Material: Carrington Hyperlast
Engine: Rotax, 65 HP
Propeller: Helix Four Blade, Carbon Fibre
Burner: 2 x Shadow, Cameron
Flight time single person operation ( approx. ): 3.0 Hours
Flight time four person operation ( approx. ): 1.0 Hours
Maximum Airspeed ( approx. ): 40 km / h (25 mph)
Maximum all up weight ( MAUW ): 900 kg (1,984 lbs)
Transponder: Garrecht Avionik Mode S
Avionics: Dittel FSG 2T
Crew: Pilot plus 3 passengers (max.)