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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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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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It has been a little slow on the commerical side of blimping so I thought I would throw out a couple photos of our last gig for Southwest Airlines last Saturday. I handled all the logistics and two of my pilots handled the inflation and three hour flight schedule. They worked a large atrium at the Anatol Hilton in Dallas working the area for the client. Over 4500 folks from Southwest showed up for the event plus several thousand other from other events going on. They flew continously changing out two 3/5000 every hour or so just to be safe. Vehicle came down several times for photo ops for the clients but other than that stayed airborne. Good flight and one of my lady pilots got stick time as well. Fun time for the crew and I made a little bit also.
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Got the ok this morning for a new 30 foot envelope for Advocare products. The event is three days in early August and we are pushing the timeline a bit at this time. The envelope and fin set will be utilized with our existing gondola and hardware presently being flown for the Dallas Cowboys at the AT & T Stadium. This is the fourth envelope produced for events in this arena. Item B was the final design selected.

The existing Goodyear envelope has also been scheduled for four events this season as well for college playoff football.

Since all the hardware is owned by the Cowboys we are able to move the equipment from one vehicle to the other in less than 30 minutes. A good way to stretch the usage of the equipment. At this time we are scheduled at the AT & T Stadium for approximately twenty dates from August to January this season.
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