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Old Mar 18, 2015, 09:46 AM
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Good luck sir. Call me anytime you have a question, you have my number. Note of advise. Build time on the stick, ballast the vehicle a couple of ounces heavy to start then balance towards zero after a few hours of flight. Never fly light. Its a bitch to watch your ship slowly going to the ceiling when something fails. ed
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Old Mar 18, 2015, 08:53 PM
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Spent last Friday night and Saturday afternoon flying for Unitus Clothing and Kelme Footwear at a Futsel Challenge meet in Frisco Texas. Futsel is indoor soccur played on either a hockey rink or a basketball court size arena on a hard rubber type mat. Plenty fast and fun to watch. I had never seen it before and had to look Futsel up on the net to see what was going on. The crowd on Friday night was near five thousand people. Pretty much filled the arena up. Very surprised to say the least.

Flew a new white 13 foot envelope with vinyl stick on graphics. Dropped rubber band bracelets on one drop mechanism and using a second style dropper dropped coupons for gift items. Flew pre-game and halftime. Vehicle flew fine, did not hit anything or damage the ship so it must have been a good two days.

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Old Mar 19, 2015, 05:52 PM
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Do these blimps get damaged very often? I figured that would be kind of rare as long as you could stay away from the ceiling.

I'm working on a 16ft outdoor blimp with Velcro banners, how do you go about figuring out what to charge if flying banners for an outdoor event? Not including the cost of having the banners made, just the per-event flying charge with me supplying the helium. I have no idea what the going rate is for this kind of thing.
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Old Mar 19, 2015, 09:52 PM
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Never had much luck with velcro on an air ship. I normally use a round 1.5 inch patch with a metal triangle ring sowen onto the patch. These are then glued around the image area of the envelope and the banner attached to the envelope with a strong white line. Velcro would stick long enough to the envelope to get airborne and then start to pull away from the envelope material. Just not a good thing.

Remember this that at this time flying an small commerical airship outside free is not approved by the FAA but put a tether and harness on it and stay under a 150 foot and you are good to go. The height issue is that above 150 foot you have to have a streamer attached every 10 foot or so the length of the line. There are other rules but those are the ones I found that they were checking for. In most cases the client wants you over their site most of the time. My longest flight was almost 4.5 hours but I had to come down long enough to hit the head. I am getting a little old so I have to go more often. Another thing is ballast the vehicle a little light so it will hang from the tether without having to use power to lift it. It works and proved itself many times.

As for cost, contact me via email or here and we will talk about that. Remember it will pay what the market will bear and don't get greedy the first few time out.

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Ship shown is one of two twenty footer I fly outside when requested. One is strickly for Allstate and the other is a same size but without any marking. These ships are over eight years old and have many hours on them. The envelopes were made for me from Above and Beyond. The gondola and all other hardware were build by me although I bought four gondolas from Majortomskie (i.e., Tom) from this site. They have been blown from heavy styrene plastic and are still in use constantly on other envelopes at this time.

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My ship has a 1.3 oz nylon outer cover with the Velcro tape sewn into it around the complete perimeter of the banner, so there's no way it's coming off. It would actually be less work and cost to sew the banner directly onto the outer cover, but then switching it to something else later is more work.

It looks like the FAA should be coming out with their new rules soon and put an end to the total ban that currently exists. Here's a good summary video:

FAA PROPOSED NEW RULES - Video and Links (7 min 35 sec)
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