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The '''Keisare Karl class airship''' is as dual hull rigid airship with hybrid buyoncy, developed and built as a smaller intercontinental passenger and freight transporter in Vittmark. The ship is a complete redesign and rebuild of the NTR-A and NTR-AB. The lead ship of the class was originally launched as the ''NTR-AB'' and still flying under this designation. The sister ship is called ''Ätte Tovemor'', a third one is being constructed at the moment (7579).
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The '''Keisare Karl class airship''' is as dual hull rigid [[:Category:Airships|airship]] with hybrid buoyancy, developed and built as a smaller inter[[:Category:Continents|continental]] passenger and freight [[:Category:Transportation|transporter]] in [[Vittmark]]. The [[:Category:Airships|ship]] is a complete redesign and rebuild of the NTR-A and NTR-AB. The lead ship of the class was originally launched as the ''NTR-AB'' and still flying under this designation. The sister ship is called ''Ätte Tovemor'', a third one is being constructed at the moment (7579).
==Scout ship hulls==
==Scout ship hulls==
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In 7560 the administrative authority of [[Nelvesdalia]] puts in an order for four single hull military scouts ships at Matthus Luftskepp in Boda, [[Liden]]. Construction of the ships starts parallel in 7561 due to the short delivery time, given the fact that Nelvesdalia is a temporary administration in central Stoldavia, a remnant from the [[Pan-Anarian War]].
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In 7560 the administrative authority of [[Nelvesdalia]] puts in an order for four single hull [[:Category:Militaries|military]] scouts ships at Matthus Luftskepp in Boda, [[Liden]]. Construction of the ships starts parallel in 7561 due to the short delivery time, given the fact that Nelvesdalia is a temporary administration in central [[Stoldavia]], a remnant from the [[Pan-Anarian War]].
The four hulls get the designations NTR-A, NTR-B, NTR-C and NTR-D, all 82 m long and 13,4 m diameter airships with a crew of 8-10, combined ship crew and mission specialists. But during manufacturing, the Nelvesdalia authorities decide to change the requirements from four to six engines per ship and the use of helium instead of hydrogen as gas. This resulted in more design issues, upon which the building process got delayed.
The four hulls get the designations NTR-A, NTR-B, NTR-C and NTR-D, all 82 m long and 13,4 m diameter airships with a crew of 8-10, combined ship crew and mission specialists. But during manufacturing, the Nelvesdalia authorities decide to change the requirements from four to six engines per ship and the use of helium instead of hydrogen as gas. This resulted in more design issues, upon which the building process got delayed.
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In 7564, at the exact moment where the gondola should get fitted to the hull of the NTR-A, the [[Treaty of Nisipari]] is signed. The formation of Vittmark as a nation state means that Nelvesdalia no longer needs the four scout airships. The ship builder gets compensated for the delivered work and is free to find a new customer for the finished hulls.
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In 7564, at the exact moment where the gondola should get fitted to the hull of the NTR-A, the [[Treaty of Nisipari]] is signed. The formation of Vittmark as a [[:Category:Nations|nation state]] means that Nelvesdalia no longer needs the four scout airships. The ship builder gets compensated for the delivered work and is free to find a new customer for the finished hulls.
==Passenger carier==
==Passenger carier==
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Matthus decides to keep the registration prefix NTR ('''N'''elvesdalia '''TR'''ansport) as a temporary class indication for further development. It seems impossible to find a new customer for the hulls in the chaotic first months of the existance of the federation. The builder decides to develop the ships further for commercial airline use. They soon realize that a ship with a crew of 4 and maximum of 6 passengers will be difficult to operate economically in post-war Vittmark. Instead they redevelop the NTR-line into a mid-size airship by combining two hulls.
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Matthus decides to keep the registration prefix NTR ('''N'''elvesdalia '''TR'''ansport) as a temporary class indication for further development. It seems impossible to find a new customer for the hulls in the chaotic first months of the existence of the [[Vittmark|federation]]. The builder decides to develop the ships further for [[:Category:Businesses|commercial]] [[:Category:Airlines|airline]] use. They soon realize that a ship with a crew of 4 and maximum of 6 passengers will be difficult to operate [[:Category:Economics|economically]] in post-[[:Category:Wars & Conflicts|war]] Vittmark. Instead they redevelop the NTR-line into a mid-size airship by combining two hulls.
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The A and B get connected by a framework covered in fabric, creating a surface with lifting capacity at high operating speeds. The eight engines per aircraft can generate a cruising speed of 100 kph, four of them mounted under the wing and four as nacelles next to the outer bodies. The latter also are fitted with a system of horizontal and verticla rudders and flaps for manoeuvrability.
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The A and B get connected by a framework covered in fabric, creating a surface with lifting capacity at high operating speeds. The eight engines per aircraft can generate a cruising speed of 100 kph, four of them mounted under the wing and four as nacelles next to the outer bodies. The latter also are fitted with a system of horizontal and verticle rudders and flaps for manoeuvrability.
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The NTR-AB is launched late 7565 and ready for commissioning early 7566. The federal military purchases the ready built airship, putting it in service as a transporter. It gets the designation VFL-NTR-AB, where the prefix VFL stands for Vittmark. Upon King Karl's assassination later in 7566, it gets the name of Emperor Charles V Mellanhand of Stoldavia, or simply ''Keisare Karl''.
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The NTR-AB is launched late 7565 and ready for commissioning early 7566. The federal [[Military of Vittmark|military]] purchases the ready built airship, putting it in service as a transporter. It gets the designation VFL-NTR-AB, where the prefix VFL stands for Vittmark. Upon King [[Karl av Kulla|Karl's]] [[:Category:Assassinations|assassination]] later in 7566, it gets the name of Emperor Charles V Mellanhand of Stoldavia, or simply ''Keisare Karl''.
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Matthus tries to sell the NTR-CD as commercial passenger airship in 7567, but sells it as a loss to the federal military as well. Where the AB is used by the military and federal government itself, the CD is commissioned on chartered and commercial flights. Both ships have a flying crew of 9 and passener capacity of 28.
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Matthus tries to sell the NTR-CD as commercial passenger airship in 7567, but sells it at a loss to the federal military as well. Where the AB is used by the military and federal [[Government of Vittmark|government]] itself, the CD is commissioned on chartered and commercial flights. Both ships have a flying crew of 9 and passenger capacity of 28.
==Intercontinental carrier==
==Intercontinental carrier==
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In 7570 the corporate colony [[Fisks]] asks for inclusion in the federation. The government knows that fast and reliable transport towards the islands is pivotal for a functioning overseas territory. The ''Keisare Karl'' gets an overhaul in order to investigate the possibilities of a regular service towards the Shiangti. In order to extend the operational reach, two of the six helium balloons inside each rigid hull get replaced by hot air units. Even though the buyoncy decreases by 10%, the ships reach is more than doubled thanks to a reduction of the lifting capacity. A crew of 12 is the maximum on this first intercontinental journey.
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In 7570 the corporate [[:Category:Colonies|colony]] [[Fisks]] asks for inclusion in the federation of Vittmark. The government knows that fast and reliable transport towards the [[:Category:Islands|islands]] is pivotal for a functioning overseas territory. The ''Keisare Karl'' gets an overhaul in order to investigate the possibilities of a regular service towards the Shiangti. In order to extend the operational reach, two of the six helium balloons inside each rigid hull get replaced by hot air units. Even though the buoyancy decreases by 10%, the ship's reach is more than doubled thanks to a reduction of the lifting capacity. A crew of 12 is the maximum on this first intercontinental journey.
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During the [[Shangti expedition|Shiangti expedition]] the ship gets several improvements. Most striking is the addition of horizontal sails to make use of the thermal columns present above the immense landmass. The adjustion is absolutely necessary because the ship is only allowed to cross a narrow corridor through [[The Bind]]. The route includes a large, hot desert where the thermal balloons of the airship are a lot less usefull.
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During the [[Shangti expedition|Shiangti expedition]] the ship gets several improvements. Most striking is the addition of horizontal sails to make use of the thermal columns present above the immense landmass. The adjustment is absolutely necessary because the ship is only allowed to cross a narrow corridor through [[The Bind]]. The route includes a large, hot desert where the thermal balloons of the airship are a lot less useful.
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The ship gets stranded at [[Gilles Carls]] due to crew mutany. A skeleton crew takes it to [[Bowersland]] for refueling and repairs. Before the home journey is started, the sail configuration becomes a fixed feature. It returns in 7571, after which it is taken out of service for maintenance overhaul.
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The ship gets stranded at [[Gilles Carls]] due to crew mutiny. A skeleton crew takes it to [[Bowersland]] for refueling and repairs. Before the home journey is started, the sail configuration becomes a fixed feature. It returns in 7571, after which it is taken out of service for maintenance overhaul.
==Commercial carrier==
==Commercial carrier==
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With the experiences from the expedition, the ship is completely rebuilt for its new purpose as intercontinental. The central wing surface is redesigned, the rigid cover replaced and there are some structural improvements on the rigid's framework. The ship receives six new 180 kW engines, two of them on the gondola and four at the extreme ends of the wings. These move in several directions givig the ship larger manoeuverability.
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With the experiences from the expedition, the ship is completely rebuilt for its new purpose as intercontinental. The central wing surface is redesigned, the rigid cover replaced and there are some structural improvements on the rigid's framework. The ship receives six new 180 kW engines, two of them on the gondola and four at the extreme ends of the wings. These move in several directions giving the ship larger manoeuverability.
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It is taken into service again in 7572 and has since flewn on a regular service to and from Fisks. Since then it is the lead ship of the Keisare Karl class ships. In 7573 the NTR-CD gets a similar overhaul and is taken into service again as the ''Ätte Tovemor''. Both ships have a crew of 8, of which two passenger attendants, and a passenger capacity of 20. Cargo space is also available within the rigid frame.
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It is taken into service again in 7572 and has since flown on a regular service to and from Fisks. Since then it is the lead ship of the ''Keisare Karl'' class ships. In 7573 the NTR-CD gets a similar overhaul and is taken into service again as the ''Ätte Tovemor''. Both ships have a crew of 8, of which two passenger attendants, and a passenger capacity of 20. Cargo space is also available within the rigid frame.
==Operations==
==Operations==
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Both ships operate on what is called the Shiangti route with fixed stops in [[Östervallen]], Karolinas and [[Gilles Carls]]. The entire round trip takes 9-12 days, depending on weather and number of intermediate stops. The ships usually follow the Cykerian coastline and enter Wolgos airspace in the far north. On each journey a stop is made in one of the four designated airfields in The Bind. From Karolinas the journey goes south with stops wherever passengers have to embark or disembark. From Fisks the journey back usually goes through Häverist holdings in Altaia, although stops can be made in [[Aspasia]] or [[Bowersland]] as well. Depending on prevailing winds an oceanic crossing is made towards [[Rissland]] and [[Helreich]], a journey of 60-80 hours of flying time.
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Both ships operate on what is called the Shiangti route with fixed stops in [[Östervallen]], Karolinas and [[Gilles Carls]]. The entire round trip takes 9-12 days, depending on weather and number of intermediate stops. The ships usually follow the [[Cykeria]]n coastline and enter [[Wolgos]] airspace in the far north. On each journey a stop is made in one of the four designated airfields in The Bind. From Karolinas the journey goes south with stops wherever [[:Category:People|passengers]] have to embark or disembark. From Fisks the journey back usually goes through [[Häverism|Häverist]] holdings in [[Altaia]], although stops can be made in [[Aspasia]] or [[Bowersland]] as well. Depending on prevailing winds an [[:Category:Oceans|oceanic]] crossing is made towards [[Rissland]] and [[Helreich]], a journey of 60-80 hours of flying time.
During the rain season in tropical Fisks there is a less extended timetable. This time is also used for ship maintenance.
During the rain season in tropical Fisks there is a less extended timetable. This time is also used for ship maintenance.
==Ship lifetime==
==Ship lifetime==
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In order to maintain a reliable service year round, a third ship in this class was ordered in 7578. Despite the original design being over a decade old, the improved lay-out is a proven technology upon which the Vittmarkers want to continue. The ship with temporary designation EF will get slightly different dimensions with 14 m diameter and 80 m length in order to fit a new generation of hot air cells.
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In order to maintain a reliable service year round, a third ship in this class was ordered in 7578. Despite the original design being over a decade old, the improved lay-out is a proven [[:Category:Technology|technology]] upon which the Vittmarkers want to continue. The ship with temporary designation EF will get slightly different dimensions with 14 m diameter and 80 m length in order to fit a new generation of hot air cells.
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It is estimated that the AB hardly has any original parts left. During maintenance framework ribs and bolts are getting replaced with most of the framework now consisting of duralumin these days. With a service history of 13 years it is one of the older and more reliable airships on Gotha. On average, most airships get decommissioned after 10 years and scrapped for parts in order to build newer and larger designs. Vittmark has no need for larger vessels and in fact the ration of an 8 person crew on 20 paying passengers is among the best in aviation today.
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It is estimated that the AB hardly has any original parts left. During maintenance framework ribs and bolts are getting replaced with most of the framework now consisting of duralumin these days. With a service history of 13 years it is one of the older and more reliable airships on Gotha. On average, most airships get decommissioned after 10 years and scrapped for parts in order to build newer and larger designs. Vittmark has no need for larger vessels and in fact the ratio of an 8 person crew on 20 paying passengers is among the best in [[:Category:Airlines|aviation]] today.
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Currently Matthus Luftskepp and the Vittmarker government are trying to find buyers for the thoroughly developed design, even abroad. But most airline companies seem to focus on larger vessels. A joint public-private partnership is looking into the possibilities of opening a new service towards the Covenant, Hallis, Auresia and Anisora with a few more stops at smaller cities currently not covered by a regular air service. This service would require three more Keisare Karl class airships.
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Currently Matthus Luftskepp and the Vittmarker government are trying to find buyers for the thoroughly developed design, even abroad. But most airline companies seem to focus on larger vessels. A joint public-private partnership is looking into the possibilities of opening a new service towards the Covenant, [[Halland|Hallis]], [[Auresia]] and [[Anisora]] with a few more stops at smaller [[:Category:Cities|cities]] currently not covered by a regular [[:Category:Airlines|air service]]. This service would require three more ''Keisare Karl'' class airships.
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Latest revision as of 17:59, 1 August 2020

The Keisare Karl class airship is as dual hull rigid airship with hybrid buoyancy, developed and built as a smaller intercontinental passenger and freight transporter in Vittmark. The ship is a complete redesign and rebuild of the NTR-A and NTR-AB. The lead ship of the class was originally launched as the NTR-AB and still flying under this designation. The sister ship is called Ätte Tovemor, a third one is being constructed at the moment (7579).

Contents

Scout ship hulls

In 7560 the administrative authority of Nelvesdalia puts in an order for four single hull military scouts ships at Matthus Luftskepp in Boda, Liden. Construction of the ships starts parallel in 7561 due to the short delivery time, given the fact that Nelvesdalia is a temporary administration in central Stoldavia, a remnant from the Pan-Anarian War.

The four hulls get the designations NTR-A, NTR-B, NTR-C and NTR-D, all 82 m long and 13,4 m diameter airships with a crew of 8-10, combined ship crew and mission specialists. But during manufacturing, the Nelvesdalia authorities decide to change the requirements from four to six engines per ship and the use of helium instead of hydrogen as gas. This resulted in more design issues, upon which the building process got delayed.

In 7564, at the exact moment where the gondola should get fitted to the hull of the NTR-A, the Treaty of Nisipari is signed. The formation of Vittmark as a nation state means that Nelvesdalia no longer needs the four scout airships. The ship builder gets compensated for the delivered work and is free to find a new customer for the finished hulls.

Passenger carier

Matthus decides to keep the registration prefix NTR (Nelvesdalia TRansport) as a temporary class indication for further development. It seems impossible to find a new customer for the hulls in the chaotic first months of the existence of the federation. The builder decides to develop the ships further for commercial airline use. They soon realize that a ship with a crew of 4 and maximum of 6 passengers will be difficult to operate economically in post-war Vittmark. Instead they redevelop the NTR-line into a mid-size airship by combining two hulls.

The A and B get connected by a framework covered in fabric, creating a surface with lifting capacity at high operating speeds. The eight engines per aircraft can generate a cruising speed of 100 kph, four of them mounted under the wing and four as nacelles next to the outer bodies. The latter also are fitted with a system of horizontal and verticle rudders and flaps for manoeuvrability.

The NTR-AB is launched late 7565 and ready for commissioning early 7566. The federal military purchases the ready built airship, putting it in service as a transporter. It gets the designation VFL-NTR-AB, where the prefix VFL stands for Vittmark. Upon King Karl's assassination later in 7566, it gets the name of Emperor Charles V Mellanhand of Stoldavia, or simply Keisare Karl.

Matthus tries to sell the NTR-CD as commercial passenger airship in 7567, but sells it at a loss to the federal military as well. Where the AB is used by the military and federal government itself, the CD is commissioned on chartered and commercial flights. Both ships have a flying crew of 9 and passenger capacity of 28.

Intercontinental carrier

In 7570 the corporate colony Fisks asks for inclusion in the federation of Vittmark. The government knows that fast and reliable transport towards the islands is pivotal for a functioning overseas territory. The Keisare Karl gets an overhaul in order to investigate the possibilities of a regular service towards the Shiangti. In order to extend the operational reach, two of the six helium balloons inside each rigid hull get replaced by hot air units. Even though the buoyancy decreases by 10%, the ship's reach is more than doubled thanks to a reduction of the lifting capacity. A crew of 12 is the maximum on this first intercontinental journey.

During the Shiangti expedition the ship gets several improvements. Most striking is the addition of horizontal sails to make use of the thermal columns present above the immense landmass. The adjustment is absolutely necessary because the ship is only allowed to cross a narrow corridor through The Bind. The route includes a large, hot desert where the thermal balloons of the airship are a lot less useful.

The ship gets stranded at Gilles Carls due to crew mutiny. A skeleton crew takes it to Bowersland for refueling and repairs. Before the home journey is started, the sail configuration becomes a fixed feature. It returns in 7571, after which it is taken out of service for maintenance overhaul.

Commercial carrier

With the experiences from the expedition, the ship is completely rebuilt for its new purpose as intercontinental. The central wing surface is redesigned, the rigid cover replaced and there are some structural improvements on the rigid's framework. The ship receives six new 180 kW engines, two of them on the gondola and four at the extreme ends of the wings. These move in several directions giving the ship larger manoeuverability.

It is taken into service again in 7572 and has since flown on a regular service to and from Fisks. Since then it is the lead ship of the Keisare Karl class ships. In 7573 the NTR-CD gets a similar overhaul and is taken into service again as the Ätte Tovemor. Both ships have a crew of 8, of which two passenger attendants, and a passenger capacity of 20. Cargo space is also available within the rigid frame.

Operations

Both ships operate on what is called the Shiangti route with fixed stops in Östervallen, Karolinas and Gilles Carls. The entire round trip takes 9-12 days, depending on weather and number of intermediate stops. The ships usually follow the Cykerian coastline and enter Wolgos airspace in the far north. On each journey a stop is made in one of the four designated airfields in The Bind. From Karolinas the journey goes south with stops wherever passengers have to embark or disembark. From Fisks the journey back usually goes through Häverist holdings in Altaia, although stops can be made in Aspasia or Bowersland as well. Depending on prevailing winds an oceanic crossing is made towards Rissland and Helreich, a journey of 60-80 hours of flying time.

During the rain season in tropical Fisks there is a less extended timetable. This time is also used for ship maintenance.

Ship lifetime

In order to maintain a reliable service year round, a third ship in this class was ordered in 7578. Despite the original design being over a decade old, the improved lay-out is a proven technology upon which the Vittmarkers want to continue. The ship with temporary designation EF will get slightly different dimensions with 14 m diameter and 80 m length in order to fit a new generation of hot air cells.

It is estimated that the AB hardly has any original parts left. During maintenance framework ribs and bolts are getting replaced with most of the framework now consisting of duralumin these days. With a service history of 13 years it is one of the older and more reliable airships on Gotha. On average, most airships get decommissioned after 10 years and scrapped for parts in order to build newer and larger designs. Vittmark has no need for larger vessels and in fact the ratio of an 8 person crew on 20 paying passengers is among the best in aviation today.

Currently Matthus Luftskepp and the Vittmarker government are trying to find buyers for the thoroughly developed design, even abroad. But most airline companies seem to focus on larger vessels. A joint public-private partnership is looking into the possibilities of opening a new service towards the Covenant, Hallis, Auresia and Anisora with a few more stops at smaller cities currently not covered by a regular air service. This service would require three more Keisare Karl class airships.

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