Archive for September, 2009

Success!

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Four flight, four recoveries, Eight fully loaded HD video recorders!

We made it to 98,000 feet, 93,000 feet, 94,000 feet and 82,000 feet. The best part is when the director, producer and fifteen other assorted customer folks let out a great cheer when they played the peak altitude footage.

It was all pretty amazing, one of the directors of Batman was our director for the shoot. I’ll write all the details we soon as we finish unpacking.

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Toshiba Mission

Friday, September 25th, 2009

The team is just about ready to roll to the desert for our flights for Toshiba. We’re been carrying nine completely bleeding edge, and very cool HD video camera systems. The video will be stunning. Were launching four vehicles in all.

Toshiba has setup a site for a mission and will be tweeting live:

www.wherewillitland.com

We’re be a few days in the desert. As soon as we get back I’ll post the adventure.

Wish us luck!

JP

(Before anybody gets worried were flying commercial frequencies on this one.)

Midnight Rigging

Friday, September 25th, 2009

It’s very easy to get too keyed up before a flight.  Do to poor planning, last minute mission changes or just plain need to unwind I always find myself making rigging at midnight just hours before we roll to the desert.There’s something about tying knots, hooking up swivels and ‘D’ rings that just calms the mind.  There are nine sets to build tonight, five primary and four backups.

For those of you doing high altitude work, remember your rigging should be your only single thread failure point, literally and figuratively.  So send everyone out of the building, put on some good music, let out a deep breath and make your rigging.

The Team at Work

Monday, September 21st, 2009
Drew Soldering

Drew Soldering

Paul and Emmett

Paul and Emmett

Mark Pondering GPS Cables

Mark Pondering GPS Cables

Mike Focused

Mike Focused

Super Anthony!

Super Anthony!

Lights, Camera, Action!

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Last Thursday the shop was converted into a TV studio.  The last part of a documentary on JPA was filmed.

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Four High Rack Prep.

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

We’ve been hoppin here. We were in final preparations for a rush two vehicle mission when the folks we’re flying it for bumped it up to a four vehicle mission. Don’t Panic….

We just pushed through the full up tests on Away 39, 40, 41 and 42 last night and the team is coming back for more today.

Away 42 is dedicated to Douglas Adams.

Fussing About

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

The team will roll in about two hours from now.  It’s a systems integration day. I’m just wander about getting the shop ready for the day, task lists need to be written on the board, systems laid out, tables and equipment changed around from yesterdays task and make ready for todays.  We’ve moved the three new vehicles into the electronics room. The back shop just gets too hot when it’s 105 degrees outside. A little tight, but cooler.