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K-04 A legal view of balloons and air ships in their beginnings

Abstract
Between 1906 to 1910 the number of balloons and steerable airships
increased and the first ideas of "flying machines", i.e. aircrafts arose.
Visions and fictions with hundreds of "aerostats" in a limited air
space became imaginable and is provable since 1804, e.g. for future
military activities. Subsequently, related legal aspects had to be
specified, clarifying and finally also regulations have to enact on
aeronautical traffic in an international frame. This to cover military as
well as civil activities. The presentation includes the following topics:
- definition of airspace,
- regulation in the relationship between states in case of war,
- reaction procedures for cases of collision between air ships or with
buildings,
- traffic rules for aerostats and the development of air ship maps,
- how is the situation in the year 2002 ?
and an attempt of humour: cartoons and visualized visions of future
airship ports.

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