By BJ Bjornson
Admittedly, �Sky Whale� isn�t the most flattering of names, but I still very much much want to see these things become successful and start flying around up here.
A Manitoba-built airship that could transport goods to remote northern communities, which now rely on sometimes impassable winter roads, has been unveiled.
The 25-metre, single-pilot MB80 � also being dubbed the Sky Whale � was inflated with helium and put on display Monday afternoon at the University of Manitoba's engineering school.
Those working on the Sky Whale, which will be air-tested from a hangar in St. Andrews, Man., in the New Year, believe the blimp-like prototype aircraft is the future of shipping cargo to the North.
I still have a lot of questions about such a contraption, like how it will handle high winds and what kind of ground crews or facilities it would need at the northern and more remote ends of their journeys, but they still seem like they could prove a viable alternative to regular aircraft for cargo transport, and that is something we could really use.