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Old Aug 01, 2012, 01:43 PM
Marcus Franco
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Human Resourses from Amil (Medical Insurance in Brazil) lauches a campaign entitled
Célula Inovação in AmilTown

We flew a Blimp with a cam to register some of the events in Rio and São Paulo...



AmilTown (8 min 27 sec)
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Old Aug 01, 2012, 02:22 PM
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Old Aug 27, 2012, 08:23 AM
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Dallas Cowboys Airship Season Opener

The Rowdy Airship making its debate at the first game of the season. Sponsored by Albertsons Foods. First flight prior to game was a 40 minute flight without noted anomalies and the halftime flight was about 10 minutes again without problem. We dropped several hundred 10 to 50 dollars coupons so the crowd gets a big kick out of it in the air. We are carrying about 50K worth of camera and transmitter on board so my FPV quality is excellent. A secondary Go Pro is mounted just aft of the nose and that is what you see presented here. By the end of the second flight at halftime I am trashed but I have to say it was a hoot. ed

ALBERTSONS Blimp 8-25-12 (5 min 4 sec)
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Old Aug 27, 2012, 02:44 PM
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Awesome Ed . Please tell us How Hard it is to get a contract like this to fly indoors over people in the US .
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Old Aug 27, 2012, 08:52 PM
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It took over 15 months from the initial contact and discussion until first flight (they contacted me). Presently I have under contract the Dallas Stars hockey club for two ships this season. The Dallas Mavericks for one ship. University of Texas at Arlington for one vehicle and University of Texas in Austin for a single ship. Baylor University in Waco for a single ship, The Cedar Park Stars (hockey) again a single ship. In addition to those listed above North Texas State University in Denton has asked for help along with Texas A & M in College Station are looking at our services and a new Rudy's BBQ bottle airship. I make no attempt to sell a product except I supply the flight crews and do all maintenance for up to 45 games per team a year. I am paid a set fee for the service and pay my pilots and hostlers well enough that they have fun and enjoy the experience. I look for solid stable flyers that will fly exactly as I lay things out. They are taught to leave their ego at the door. Publications are developed for flight and inspection and are followed to a fault. Everyone of the pilots follow the same format and all ships are set up exactly the same way. At times there may be three airships in the air at the same time 3 times a night for a hockey game and twice a night for basketball and football games. I carry sufficient insurance to cover the liability required by law, workmans comp and special vehicle insurance to support our efforts. I work closely with both the teams and the advertising client to do what they want to see if its only one circle around the arena and land. It is their call and that is what they pay for. For a game such as the Cowboys we arrive six hours early make a number of test flights and do several rehersals before we toe the mark for the first flight. We work off a directors call if they want to use the vehicle for close up personal work or lock the camera nose down and fly slowly over the crowd. It takes nerve and an understanding of your aircraft before you venture out over 65 thousand plus fans but mostly its experience of many many hours of flight. At present I have eight pilots and four hostlers who work as a crew to make things happen. A three ship crew consist of 3 pilots and 1 hostler. For the Cowboys we utilize two ground crewmembers and the pilot and his gunner (aka camera operator) who has a 17 inch monitor who helps the assigned pilot navigate the arena. He also handles the coupon release mechanism during the flight to allow the pilot to do his duty of maintaining a safe flight enviorment. We make every attemp to maintain at least a 20 diameter bubble around the airship from the crowd at all times in all of our venues. Have I had failures, yes these are mechanical devices and they will fail. I've been lucky that no one has ever been hurt in any way during our flights. Another thing is that you must be able to sell yourself to the team and client. Act like a smartass a couple of times and you set home on your butt instead of enjoying the benefits of doing this job. Am I lucky you damn right I am. I retired as an engineer of over 40 years with Lockheed Martin and Vought Aircraft when I turned 60 and the next morning was at the Texas State Fair flying for hire. Its works for me but I set on the field the other day laughing with a friend watching the Dallas Cheerleaders listening to a Big and Rich concert and getting paid very well for the evening. How silly can you get when your day job is flying a big toy balloon around and they actually pay you to do it. The tron gods have been kind. You can see some of our other airships at http://edzepplin.com/ . ed
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Old Aug 29, 2012, 08:55 PM
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Very cool Ed the Albertsons Blimp operation and video,
Congratulations!!!
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Old Sep 01, 2012, 10:09 PM
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Thanks Ed , I work with a C rated hot air balloon pilot. And what you said about "toy balloons " (made me laugh) is danm near what we go through to fly under C ratings with adds, and customers . A Hell of a lot of PR and smiles even when negitivity abounds.
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Old Sep 10, 2012, 05:12 AM
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3 days at a Medical Convention at the Sheraton São Paulo...
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Old Oct 14, 2012, 12:03 PM
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UTA Mavericks Commerical and Research Air Vehicle

Not much Traffic lately but here are a few shots of the Mavericks University of Texas in Arlington 17 foot Mobile built research and commerical airship. It made its first public outing last Friday evening and has 40 games scheduled for this season. Vehicle is also being utilized as an autonomous flight control test bed. Double duty to help pay for itself. Banners in work for advertising so she will pay her way.

Aircraft has aerodynamics on tail as well as thrust vectoring and is an excellent handling ship with no vices. Motors are Eflite 15s across the board swinging stacked 8/6 props in nacelles. At present testing shows that its only pulling about 4000 mils per hours and it carries 8000 plus mils on board. Normal flights are less than 45 minutes total time for event. It was built to carry weight for internal lighting and projection testing as well. Mobile did an excellent job and retrofit by me was minimal. I prefer a single point switch or shorting plug for the ship. Makes things simpler when rushing to get ship on its mark for launch against a script.

There are three more ships in various stages of construction to be on line and flying for this season throughout Texas. Choctaw Casino 17 foot conventional shaped for Dallas Stars, Flying Limo 18 foot for Texas Legend, Rudy's BBQ 18 foot bottle at Texas A&M and a conventional shaped 13 footer for Baylor in Waco. A couple others may show their head before end of November but that remains to be seen.

Right now I am down with a medical issue (AFIB) but all the crews are busting ass to get ready for season. Presently there are ships flying for the Dallas Cowboys and for the Texas Stars in Cedar Park above Austin. Going to be busy this season. ed.
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Old Nov 13, 2012, 08:41 PM
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Wow Ed.

Thats some serious stuff. I fly a beat up old 8 ft blimp for our local hockey team here in north alabama. They own the equipment, I operate it with a few other guys to cover all home games.

Its so small we can't really carry much payload and we don't even get paid. It's still fun though.

It's a one person operation with 3 20 minute flights per game.

I sure wish we had real opportunities like that here.
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Old Nov 13, 2012, 08:44 PM
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Here is a gopro video I shot a while back

Huntsville Havoc Military Appreciation Night (5 min 8 sec)


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Old Nov 13, 2012, 09:30 PM
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Quote:
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Here is a gopro video I shot a while back

http://vimeo.com/9993586

Craig
Cool Stuff Craig! I have the itch to do something like this myself.
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Old Dec 02, 2012, 04:57 PM
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Texas Legends Basketball and New Airship

Attached are a couple of shots of new Mobile Airships 18 foot Limo that I am flying for the Texas Legends. Vehicle just came on line and this was its second outing. Flies very slow and stately. Tail rotor assembly was changed out to larger more powerful unit as directional control was originally very marginal with small diameter tail rotor. Once changed out directional control is nice and smooth. Airship not a bad flyer now but is not a conventional shape by any means. Old addage of herding cats comes to mind. Kind of head it in one directions and don't fight it. Think well ahead and you will be all right. It looks like we will be doing at least 30 games for this season.

A second conventional airship will be coming online as well during the games on weekends. This is a 16 foot vehicle designed by Aerostar about 8 to 10 years old. An antique in the balloon world. All brushed but it will do the job for Choctaw Casino when we fly it. I have a brand new Choctaw ship in the box in the shop waiting for the start of the NHL season for the Dallas Stars which might never happen this season and its costing me revenue big time by it being there.
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Old Dec 03, 2012, 06:17 AM
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Very nice Ed...
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Old Dec 03, 2012, 10:40 AM
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it remembers me my OPEL car ...when i was working at minizepp...

we tryied to make the props more discrete, no gondola but 3 separate motors each mounted on a modified servo to spin 360°
the result was clean ..

rc blimp giant remote controlled flying car 1:1 6m long (20 ft ) (3 min 35 sec)




i did sold the company you can see the new website at www.anabatic.aero

cheers phil
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