March 29, 2009

The M Resort Opening Fireworks Display

I was fortunate enough to get to fly over the Grand Opening of the M Resort earlier this month on March 1st. As you can see, the fireworks display was quite impressive from the blimp. For fun and to drown out the engine noise, I added Kool and the Gang's "Celebration" as it truly was quite the celebration as Vegas welcomed another casino into the neighborhood.

March 1, 2009

Viva Las Vegas

I shot a little video going up The Strip as well. The classic punk band, the Dead Kennedys version of Elvis' "Viva Las Vegas" accompanies the video.

Back in Las Vegas

We returned to Las Vegas this week for the big opening of The M Resort tonight, March 1. I took a few pictures while flying up The Strip the other night. I also took a few pictures of the M Resort and Downtown Las Vegas.

Nascar and Oscars

Though the M Lightship is based in Las Vegas, it does travel upon occasion to California. I took a few of these pictures of California Motor Speedway in Fontana, Ca while we were flying over the NASCAR festivities last weekend. We also had a chance to swing by the Oscars in Hollywood last Sunday before heading back to the field for the night. Goodyear was there also providing aerial coverage for the big awards show.

Flying the Big Blimp

Well I haven't had any time to do any updates lately because I've been busy getting some experience on one of our big airships. It it an A170 model for The M Resort Spa Casino in Las Vegas. The M Lightship is 179 feet long, 55 feet high and 46 feet wide with a 170,000 cubic feet envelope. Being so large, the airship still only cruises at a top speed of around 30 to 35mph with no wind. Also as you can see in the picture, it also has a huge LCD screen on the side of it for advertisements which measures 70 feet wide by 30 feet high.