Such a project. We could equip a conventional (modern) airship relatively new, recently patented, not very complicated propulsion. The airship will gain dramatically better handling. We get airships, completely indifferent to the wind and bad weather, with very precise, reliable and safe maneuvering near the ground. We'll get a vertical takeoff and landing, and if necessary unlimited range. Such an airship will exceed helicopters for all major parameters except maximum speed.
Small passenger or general-purpose new type of airship (intended as a helicopter) will be much more reliable and safer than a helicopter. The cost of the flight is cheaper. It will be able to fly in any weather: rain, snow, fog, wind, day, night. It will be able to land wherever falling: on the roof, on any slopes on broken ice on the water. This provides a level of comfort unattainable for helicopters: a spacious cabin, low noise, the lack of a strong air flow from the rotor. Search, rescue, patrol - some days in the air. Entry and exit of passengers without any games with ballast. Standing on the ground as a helicopter.
Cargo version of an airship easily lifts the load vertically 25, 50, 100, 150 tons. Or in the cargo hold 10 to 10 meters or as a flying crane on external sling. The cost of transport operations is much cheaper than a helicopter (but more expensive land transport).
There are a number of applications (market segments) for such airships, different designs and different sizes. These market sectors capacious enough (hundreds of airships) and are calculated as a fairly reliable cost-effective. At the same time the principal, decisive and common to all the benefits of all these airships are:
(a) their ability to very accurately, safely and reliably to maneuver near the ground in any wind,
(b) their very high total all-weather capability, allowing them to operate without costly weather delays.
Both of these advantages provides a new type of propulsion.
After 5 - 7 years possible to provide start serial production of airships and the beginning of the construction of new transportation systems. Of course, with the participation of major aircraft manufacturers. Now there is an initial phase of the project. The challenge now is to obtain serious interest of potential investors (manufacturers), and potential future operators. Later, venture investors can earn by selling its shares in the project to larger investors at subsequent stages of the project.
The project now has a small introductory site: http://airship-gp.com