Good Blimp Incorporated
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|Industry||Aviation and surveillance technology|
|Headquarters||Meddli City, Tolmakia|
|Key people||Daniel Ruchki (co-director)|
|Products||List of Good Blimp Products|
Good Blimp Incorporated is a Tolmakian aviation corporation and manufacturer of airships, aircraft and surveillance equipment. Aside from these, the company also does advertising, aircraft maintenance, and other aeronautical services. It operates around 10 headquarters in the Tolmakian republic, with 5 overseas. Along with these, it possesses some production plants, maintenance stations, several warehouses, and other miscellaneous facilities around Europe and North America.
Good Blimp Incorporated is composed of several departments. These departments are responsible for developing technology, creating it, ensuring its safety, and such. Due to its key role in national aviation, the company is partially funded by the government and other major organizations that are also its partners, like the DDE). These funds are used for private research, government sponsored projects, or joint programs. The company is still in possession of Alan Ruchki, its original founder and current company director, and his family.
The roots of the company can be traced back to the time when the current director and founder, Alan Ruchki was still 5 years-old. According to him, he was already fascinated with the power of air,and the ability of objects to fly, at that young age. He learned about planes, dirigibles, and "every device that flew," and understood their internal workings. In his 2010 interview, he "dreamt of all the possibilities up in the air. [He] dreamt to take to the skies". During the Split era, Daniel Ruchki and his family lived in Western Tolmakia.
When he was 18 years old, he served in the air force equivalent of the Western Tolmakian military. After his service, he went on to study more about aviation in his education. Just after attending Oxford University, he was able to build his own hot air balloon with only his own resources and money, and became the first Tolmakian to fly in a balloon after Tolmakia's independence. With support from his friends and family, he started a business where he offered better versions of his hot air balloon for sale. His efforts would not go unnoticed.
Just before 1975 ended, the new unified Tolmakian government contacted him. They were apparently interested in his goals and his dreams. This was partially because the defense industry and companies like the DDE needed aircraft designers, and wanted to commission Alan for the mentioned role. They saw him to be a proficient young man, and challenged him to construct the nation's first blimp. If he could design, and successfully fly the blimp, the government would agree to work with him.
For three years (1976 – 1979), Alan Ruchki, and other assisting designers came up with a modern airship. He and the designers directed the construction of its hull in Weslan, and finished their first blimp. During a festival thrown in honour of Alan and the new blimp, Alan named the blimp ARS Good Blimp. In 1979, the ARS Good Blimp successfully made its first voyage without incident. Its flight was celebrated, as it symbolized the first step of the nation to taking to the skies. It was this event that established the company in the same year, and gave it its present name. The company immediately established connections with other corporations and government agencies. It became one of the few that were subsidized by the government during the gold period of the nation.
Since its creation, Good Blimp Incorporated has played a small key role in Tolmakia's aerospace industry. In 1985, it added advertising to its services, and through this its fame was spread over the nation, all the while making the company profit from this service. The company also contributed to the boosting of the country's advertisement sector. Through its partnership with the DDE, Good Blimp Incorporated started manufacturing helicopters and planes as early as 1985. Its manufacturing of balloons in Tolmakia made the nation known for its blimps.
In 1990, it incorporated UAV and drone technology into its line of products, starting drone manufacturing and sales. Eight years later, the Tolmakian Air Force ordered their first blimp.
Before the 2000s, Good Blimp Incorporated began working with the TAAS in its airship programs. They both have similar objectives: to succeed in developing modern airships as an alternative eco-friendly way of transport, useful in speed, and for both short and long distances. Both organizations also prominently employ balloons, and had some connections since 1979. The joint airship projects of the TAAS and Good Blimp Incorporated have resulted in varying success. Thanks to their efforts, airships have been recognized as formal modes of transport in the republic, mostly in Weslan.
In 2003, the company supplied airships and balloons for the Tolmakian forces in Iraq. This move was criticized by observers on both sides of the war. Alan Ruchki himself defended the move by announcing that it was a legal business agreement, and that it was to show support for the nation's armed forces. He did lament over the fact that his products were being used to assist in "lawful murder." In spite of this controversy, by 2005 the company had offices in all of the republic's regions, and in 2006 expanded to Germany and North America.
In 2014, Good Blimp was involved with Tolmakian Airship Enterprises in an incident. The incident involved the spontaneous combustion of a blimp owned by Tolmakian Airship Enterprises. It exploded during a windy day, and caused the deaths of a dozen people. Later, it was uncovered that though the airship was purchased from Good Blimp Incorporated, Tolmakian Airship Enterprises was responsible for the event. It broke a critical airship regulation rule by using cheap hydrogen gas, instead of helium for the blimp. All suspicions on Good Blimp Incorporated were dropped, and Tolmakian Airship Enterprises was blacklisted by the company.
Good Blimp Incorporated is administered by the Executive Department. The Executive Department is composed of the CEO and Chairman (usually the same person), Vice Chairman, the Executive of Executives, and all the other company's top employees.
Below is the current board of directors:
- Chief Executives
- Alan Ruchki (CEO and Chairman)
- Daniel Ruchki (Vice Chairman)
- Susan Barbara (Executive of Executives)
- Leyton Nuwerberg (Deputy Executive of Executives)
- Sales and Finance Department
- Gabriel Isabella (Chief Executive)
- Celia Knight (Deputy Chief Executive)
- Operations and Business Department
- Matt Dudley (Chief Executive)
- Rosie Edinburger (Deputy Chief Executive)
- Aviation and Intelligence Department
- Cindy Laura (Chief Executive)
- Frederick Stone Jr. (Deputy Chief Executive)
- Safety and Regulations Department
- Emil Paddington (Chief Executive)
- Marceline Rockwell (Deputy Chief Executive)
- Technology and Research Department
- Robin Leslie (Chief Executive)
- Titan Stranjoy (Deputy Chief Executive)
- Manufacturing and Logistics Department
- Stanley Pines (Chief Executive)
- Raymon Coleslaw (Deputy Chief Executive)
- International Departments
- European Department'
- Lance Heartford (Director)
- American Department'
- Jerry Walker (Director)
There are no term limits for the company CEO, and thus the CEO can remain in position for almost his or her entire lifetime. The next CEO is usually chosen by members of the Executive Department's committee. Any of the senior executives may take the position, So far, Alan Ruchki has been the company's only CEO since its founding.
The company's departments are the:
- Executive Department: composed of all the company executives. The Executive Department is in charge of the company's affairs and management. It also has authority over the other departments, and decides on who to promote. The department is housed mainly in Meddli City.
- Sales and Finance Department: the department in charge of company funds, sales, advertisements, and commercial activity.
- Operations and Business Department: the branch that interacts with other companies (especially partners), and the internal departments of Good Blimp. It also oversees investment, and keeps track of the company's statistics and progress, as well as its operations (advertisement campaigns, public program, etc).
- Aviation and Intelligence Department: in charge of managing the company's assets, specifically its working aircraft and airships. The department also manages aircraft being sold. Once a vehicle is sold and tested, the vehicle is handed over to the Manufacturing and Logistics Department.
- Safety and Regulations Department: in charge of upholding the company's safety policies and regulations. The department also tests new products and prototype craft.
- Technology and Research Department: researches on new technology. It is also in charge of providing equipment to be installed on aircraft and airships.
- Manufacturing and Logistics Department: produces the company's products, and also ships them to customers. Once a product is checked for sale, a product is taken from the management of the Aviation and Intelligence Department, and shipped after a thorough examination.
- International Department: this department has 3 divisions:
- Middle East Branch
- European Branch
- American Branch
The company remains one of Tolmakia's notable aviation corporations. In 2010, it was the biggest company of its kind, only bested by international conglomerates operating in the republic. It is also a frequent sponsor: the company's logo is a common sight whenever Tolmakia participates in a sports competition.
Safety, quality, service
Good Blimp upholds three very important priorities that help its products be extremely reliable:
Ever since the 1990s, company blimps have enjoyed an almost 100% accident-free rate. This figure is validated by the company's safety records, and the Ministry of Transport and Travel itself. As per national airship regulations, blimps use non-flammable helium, and never hydrogen. Blimps are installed with cutting-edge technology systems. Particularly, they are installed with the basic, but best up-to-date weather instruments (barometers, hydrometers), and also onboard warning systems. These notify of gas leaks, or any anomalies.
Weather systems warn of any incoming winds or storms; mandatory installed GPS and GNS help crews locate their position; advanced communications and radios enable signals to be sent and received almost instantaneously, and the blimp and its materials are less flammable. Ballon and airship envelopes are made to withstand rough beating and strong winds. Since 2005, inflatable rafts are stored onboard, as well as parachutes after a Tolmakian Army blimp was shot down over the Persian Gulf. Balloons have rarely popped, thanks to proper operator training and envelope material.
Fixed-wing aircraft are equipped with similar emergency systems. As precautions, structures and frameworks are triple-checked, and tested to ensure that they are durable enough and well constructed. Engines are also reviewed, and evaluated. In addition, less flammable but still effective fuels are used.
For aircraft operation, the company makes sure that all crews are trained, and operators for UAVs are well-experienced veterans. These crew and operators are also encouraged to pass on their knowledge to new owners or pilots on flying blimps or other aircraft. The Safety and Regulations Department makes sure that the crews are trained diligently and thoroughly, and usually prefers that its recruits are veterans or pilots from a national air force, with at least 5 years of experience. The company's tutors are experienced airmen, who have spent at least a decade of their life flying a balloon, aircraft, or a blimp.
Good Blimp Incorporated's blimps are made of a special polymer grade material. Although not having any common name, this material is called SWTFP (pronounced Su-wit-ifp) by the company. SWTFP stands for "Special Wear/Tear/Force Polyester." According to leaked documents, substances in this material include synthetic polyesters like Mylar, Neoprene, Gore-Tex, Dacron, Tedlar, bonded Hytrel and other matter. These substances are usually laminated into a rip-stop polyester, that can also offer protection against ultraviolet rays. Like other blimp material, SWTFP matter is is comparable to what spacesuits are made of. Bladders are made of similar material, usually polyurethane plastic film.
Frameworks and structures of blimps and balloons are made of aluminum carbon fiber material, as per standard company regulations. For transport, non-rigid blimps are surprisingly compact. Blimp envelopes, when deflated and neatly packed, only take up less than 1% of their original size. Fixed-winged or rigid aircraft emissions are almost unconcerning since most of Good Blimp's aircraft use turboprop or turboshaft propulsion. Engines are modified to work smoothly, and remove smoke or smog emissions through filters.
All aircraft undergo vigorous assessment. Finished airframes are throughly checked for any defects, and materials are ensured to be flaw-free. Aircraft are flown by the company's regulations team, and after having passed the examination, they are passed on to their new owners.
Since creation, Good Blimp Incorporated normally provides spare parts, information, and maintenance for purchased aircraft. Parts can be sent and paid for one at a time, or at once when requested by owners. Information can also be provided, if the owners desire to use it to improve the aircraft. It can also establish maintenance facilities or build them for a nation. It also has an advertisement service and TV service.
Company crews and tutors can also train new owners or their pilots in flying acquired aircraft. This is totally free of charge. Transport, fuel, and other expenses are also covered. Usually, materials and purchased aircraft are delivered usually by sea. Aircraft themselves are flown to delivery point if the location is near enough.
Presently, Good Blimp Incorporated does not provide licenses for its creations to other organizations or manufacturers, aside from its closest domestic partners like the DDE.
- UD01 "Mayfly" UAV
- UD-01 UCAV
- "Inspector" Weather balloon
- "Inspector" Transosode
- GB "Skyfin" Airship
- SGB "Skyfish" Airship
- MGB "Skyshark" Airship
- LGB "Skywhale" Airship
- SLGB "Skyshell" Airship
- DLGB "Skyfortress" Airship
- MH1 Gonkchuffir Multipurpose helicopter
- SB "Stalkerfish" Surveillance airship
- ACAM (Aviation Camera and Module) Series
- PropC (Propelled Camera)
- ASysM1 (Aviation System Model 1)
- PSB-1 (Pocket-sized multipurpose blimp)