December 22, 2010

Bowl Season Begins

I flew my first college bowl game last night, the Beef Beef O' Brady's Bowl in St Petersburg, Florida.  It was Southern Mississippi vs Louisville in the Tampa Bay Rays baseball stadium, Tropicana Field.  A pretty nice night to be up flying around over all.  I took a little bit of video of the stadium and of downtown St. Pete but to be honest there really wasn't a lot to look at up there.  We do so many games up in the Northeast during the summer that I think we get spoiled with the scenery.  Of course I'll sure take the weather down here over the sights any day. 

December 20, 2010

Miami Heat?

The only heat in Florida last week was the NBA team. Very unseasonably cool lately.  The video below is of the night time skyline of downtown Miami that I took as I flew over the Cleveland Cavs vs Miami Heat game at American Airlines Arena.  It was a quick stay in Miami and then off to Tampa the next day for multiple events in the area.

December 12, 2010

Texas Catch Up


Its been a rough couple of weeks but I finally have a second to catch up on the blog.  We were in Houston, Texas on Thanksgiving weekend for a Houston Texans football game.  I flew the game and took a little bit of video while we were overhead.  Right next door to the football stadium is the world famous Astrodome.  Even though its no longer used for football or baseball, its still an impressive structure. 

November 27, 2010

Walking Around New Orleans


On the Sunday morning before the game, I decided to walk around down in the French Quarter of New Orleans. I check out Bourbon Street, walked around to St Louis Cathedral and finished up near the French Market. New Orleans is definitely a city with a personality all of its own.

My favorite part about being there though is the food. I took in a couple of Man vs. Food destinations while I was there. First I went to the Acme Oyster House near Bourbon Street but stayed away from the 15 Dozen Oyster Challenge. I did sit right in front of the Oyster Challenge Board with Adam's name on it though. Very tempting but I doubted I could beat the 42 and a half dozen record that was currently in place especially with all of the other Cajun delicacies I was eating up there.

Another great place to eat that was on my Man vs. Food tour is Mothers. Its a very casual restaurant that has some of the most delicious food I have ever eaten. Their Po'boys are by far some of the best I have eaten. They make just about everything in house and it shows in the quality.

It was a short but enjoyable visit to New Orleans. Now its on to Texas for some NFL Football.

November 26, 2010

Back and in the Bayou


After a couple weeks away on vacation, I went back to work last week and have been trying to catch up ever since. My first event back was also my first college football game as we covered the LSU Tigers vs Mississippi in Baton Rouge, LA. Tiger stadium is probably one of the larger venues in college football and was really quite impressive to see fill up with the purple and gold colors of the Tigers. After the game, we did a rare post game transit down to New Orleans so we could cover the Saints game on Sunday. It was dark flight down there with not much but swamp area and a few roads between Baton Rouge and New Orleans but a good flight for the most part.

November 3, 2010

World Series


I did my first World Series Game on Sunday night as I flew over game 4 in Arlington, TX. It was a long way to get there but we made it. I've got some video and pictures of the pregame festivities which included the giant American flag in the outfield and the two former Bush presidents throwing out the first pitch. A fun night overall for my last night of baseball for the year.

November 2, 2010

Ghost Blimp


I probably should have posted this on Halloween but I'm a little bit behind on things. One of my favorite views of the blimp is when we are flying above the clouds and the shadow appears on them. It makes the shadow look like a kind of Ghost Blimp that is following us along our journey. I tried to add some spooky sounding music courtesy of YouTube to add to the mood.

Fall In Full Swing



You can tell Fall is here when the leaves start changing and blimps start heading South for the Winter.  Being the ultimate snowbirds, we won't be back up North until probably April.  As we were doing our transit South towards Dallas for the World Series, I took some video of the leaves changing.  There is nothing quite like seeing the leaves change from a blimp.  In fact, many years ago the Weather Channel had a blimp that followed the changing of the leaves through Autumn as it flew across the country. 

I started noticing the changing of the season in mid September when some of the tree tops in the valleys in the Northeast started to turn yellow and orange.  Eventually as the days get shorter, the rest of the trees have caught up to the vivid yellows, oranges and reds you see in some of the video and pictures.  It was beautiful scenery for the long trip South!

October 22, 2010

NLCS Games 1 and 2 in Philly


Last weekend, I flew over the first two games of the National League Championship in Philadelphia.   It was quite windy aloft but we were able to get both events in without any issues.  There definitely is a vibe you feel during the baseball playoffs that you just don't get during a regular season game.  Some of the highlights in this video include the giant American Flag in the outfield for the opening ceremonies and the fireworks at the end of the video celebrating the Phillies' game 2 win.  Check out the excitement in the crowd when they are cheering.  Its amazing how the stadium comes alive when Philly is playing well during the game. 
Also I added some of my own original music to this video.  I put this together a while back in Garage Band and thought I'd share it since it seemed to fit the tranquil mood of flying at night. 

October 21, 2010

Conan Blimp Flyby


For those who can't get enough of the Conan Blimp, we did a little flyby of the ship while it was sitting on the mast the other day.  They've been busy in New York covering the American League Playoffs at Yankee Stadium this week.  We were on our way up to Boston to cover some events in between National League Playoff games in Philadelphia. 

October 13, 2010

Buoyant in Baltimore


We spent a short time in Baltimore, Maryland last weekend.  Here is some video and a few pictures  from my flight.  Highlights include the Baltimore Inner Harbor, the Ravens Stadium and Fort McHenry.

October 4, 2010

Conan Blimp in Philly


On our way to cover the big Philadelphia Eagles vs Washington Redskins game on Sunday, we saw the new Conan Blimp flying exposure over the stadium area. I had enough time to take a few snapshots and some video of it before we had to get to work over the game. Its always fun taking blimp to blimp pictures since we're normally only being photographed from the ground. Hopefully we'll be crossing paths again soon.


Keep an eye out for the Conan Blimp through the next month as they provide aerial coverage for the baseball playoffs on TBS.

October 2, 2010

Sabres Game

Well I didn't get to see the Bills game from above last weekend in New England due to the weather but I did get to catch a Sabres preseason game in Philadelphia last night. Its rare to get to see your hockey team in an opponents arena especially when you travel full time for work. The pure chance that they are playing in the same town you are in on a night off just about never happens. Lucky for me, Buffalo began their home and home series against the Flyers on the road to wrap up the preseason. Since it was a bit of a special occasion I sprang for some good seats in the lower level behind the Flyers' bench.

The Sabres ended up loosing the game 3-1 but it was an entertaining experience overall. I made sure to get there early so I could walk around the arena and get a Philly Cheese steak for dinner. I immediately felt like an outsider in my Sabres shirt as I was surrounded by a sea of orange and black. The Flyers fans are definitely hardcore hockey fans from dressing in team colors to the constant heckling of the Buffalo players. I only had the courage to let out a "Lets Go Buffalo!" once after it looked like they might tie up the game on the power play. The Philly fans around me didn't give me too hard of a time though for it though.

Its just a shame I couldn't see a Sabres win. Oh well, hopefully I'll catch another game this season when they count!

September 24, 2010

Ready for Some Football?


Football season is back in full swing, and we'll be providing aerial coverage for both NFL and college games all over the country. I did my first NFL game of the season in Charlotte this weekend as we watched the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Carolina Panthers. Check out my pictures and video of downtown Charlotte as we flew over the game.

I'm excited to do this weekend's football game as we are in the Boston area to cover the Bills vs Patriots game in Foxboro. Hopefully the Bills can pull out a win as I cheer from 3000 feet above the stadium!

September 23, 2010

3 Blimps Cross Paths

On our way down to North Carolina last week for the college football game at Duke and the NFL game in Charlotte, we stopped at Soleburg Airport in New Jersey for the overnight. On our way out to the ship in the morning, we found out that in addition to the Metlife Snoopy 1 blimp being there, the Goodyear Blimp, "Spirit of Innovation" had arrived the previous night. The DirecTV Blimp and the Goodyear Blimp are both much larger airships then Snoopy 1. With comparable size, they both also have large electronic signs on their port sides. The main difference between the two being that our sign is larger and can show full motion, full color, TV quality video both during the day and at night. Its not often you get three airships in one place, let alone three. Soleburg is such a great, airship friendly airport. Most airports barely have enough room for one blimp, but here there is enough room for all of us to moor and operate safely with room to spare.

September 22, 2010

Quick Highlights of US Open


Here is a short video highlight of the US Open Tennis in Flushing, NY. It finished up only a little over a week ago but it already seems like forever ago. Most of the video is from the opening ceremonies and the pre-match festivities for the women's final. The opening of the American Flag over the court was by far one of the cooler things I've seen from a blimp.

September 18, 2010

Tennis Anyone?

Well we had a busy, crazy couple of weeks covering the US Open Tennis in Flushing, NY. Despite challenges with the weather, Hurricane Earl threatening the East Coast and the normal challenges that go into being apart of a live television broadcast, it went pretty well. I'll have video posted of the tennis and more of New York City soon once I get it all edited. These are a couple of pictures from the pre-match festivities.


We're currently catching our breath down in North Carolina covering some college and NFL football this weekend and then its back up north!

September 14, 2010

How the Other Half Live


On our trip down from Boston to New York, we decided to take the scenic route along the Rhodes Island shoreline and across the Long Island Sound to the southern coastline of the Hamptons on the eastern side of the island. These areas have some very expensive houses and extraordinary scenery. We picked a picture perfect day to do it as well. Check out the video above for a little relaxing journey along the coast.

September 10, 2010

3 Year Anniversary

Well today marks 3 years of blimping for me. Its pretty insignificant when compared to the 20 plus years some of my contemporaries have been doing it for, but its a milestone for me. I met up with my first operation not too far from here in Soleburg, NJ when I met up with Snoopy 2 for the first time. Since then, I've logged over 1600 hours in 5 different airships, three different types and traveled I don't know how many thousands of miles across the country and back. Its been quite a trip so far and its not quite over yet. I spent the day flying 10 hours over New York City and the US Open Tennis. I'll have lots of video and pictures to come soon. The above picture is of two blimps I'm very familiar with, Snoopy 1 and my current ride, DirecTV, taken in Miami during Super Bowl week this year.

September 9, 2010

Connecticut Castle


Flying the blimp, we often come across some unusual sites that catch our attention. On our way down to New York to begin the US Open Tennis, we flew over a castle being built in the middle of nowhere Connecticut. Its straight out of a fairytale with a moat and everything! I can only imagine how much something like this takes to build, but its going to look amazing when its completed I'm sure.
After a little research on the internet, I found out it has been under construction for the past 8 years or so. Its located in Woodstock, Conn and is owned by a man by the name of Christopher Mark. To see more pictures of it from the ground, check out his myspace page here.

August 27, 2010

Baseball and Tennis in Cincinnati


Here is a little video of my flights while we were in Cincinnati. The first part is from the Reds baseball game on August 14th. The second half of the video is from the Western and Southern Financial Group Masters Men's Tennis Final on August 22. The tennis stadium is located across the highway from King's Island Amusement Park so I made sure to get some shots of that as well. It was a nice little warm up for the next two weeks since we will be providing the aerial coverage for the US Open Tennis Tournament in New York City.

August 25, 2010

10 Days in Cincy


We just spent some time in Cincinnati, Ohio for a bunch of events. We managed to do two baseball games, two football games and even some tennis. Lots going on there along the Ohio River. Above are a couple of cool pictures I took while I was there. My favorites are of downtown before a Reds game where the sky was a creepy red color as the sun set.

August 23, 2010

Yankee Game Video Part 2


Here is part two of my Yankee game flights. On August 8th, we took the Hudson River route to and from the stadium which gave us plenty of photo opportunities. Some of the landmarks include the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the George Washington Bridge, Ground Zero, Madison Square Garden and the Statue of Liberty. See how many more landmarks you can pick out in the video! Literally everywhere you look, there is something famous to see. No matter how many times I fly over New York, its always an awe-inspiring experience.

August 21, 2010

Yankee Game Video Part 1


Above is some video footage I took over Yankee stadium on August 6 during the Red Sox and Yankees' game. The view of Central Park and Manhattan from overhead the stadium as day turns into night is always a beautiful view. I was fortunate enough to get to see it twice in one weekend. Part 2 will be posted shortly once I finish editing it.

August 14, 2010

Yankees Games Photos


We spent last weekend over the Yankees vs Red Sox games in New York. Above are some photos from Friday and Sunday night. Overall both nights went really well with nice weather prevailing all weekend long. We're now in Cincinnati for a couple weeks doing a little bit of everything. Baseball, football and even tennis here in the Queen City over the next week will keep us plenty busy.

August 5, 2010

Saturday Afternoon Over Fenway


I spent last Saturday over Fenway Park in Boston for the Tigers vs Red Sox game. There were great views of the stadium and of the downtown skyline along the river. Always lots to check out when flying over Boston. Enjoy some of the highlights!

August 4, 2010

Red Sox Baseball


We spent last weekend doing the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers series. It was a fun afternoon over Fenway Park on Saturday with the Red Sox coming back from behind in the bottom of the 9th to win. Above are a few pictures I took from over the stadium. I also have some video to finish editing that I will post soon.

July 18, 2010

Detroit Montage


This little video montage is from my flight last week over the Detroit Tigers game in Detroit, MI. Some of the highlights included seeing an F-18 do an aerial demonstration over the boat races, the downtown skyline of Detroit, Ford Field and of course Comerica Park, home of the Tigers. It was a fun day over the ballpark taking in my first flight over the city of Detroit. We could even take a peek into Canada as we flew around since the Canadian city of Windsor, ON is just across the river. It may just be the proximity to Canada, but I never realized how similar Detroit is to Buffalo.

July 14, 2010

A Weekend in the Motor City


Here are a few pictures I took while in Detroit this past weekend. A few of them are of some cool clouds around sunset and the others are of the Detroit Tigers game I flew on Sunday. I'll have some more video to post later on this week from the flight once we get to New York and I get a chance to edit it all together.

July 11, 2010

Sweet Home Chicago


I finally finished my video montage of last weekend's visit to Chicago, IL. You'll see all of the tourist sights in this video including Wrigley Field, Naval Pier, the Chicago Skyline, etc. Chicago is a fun town to visit. The view from the air is hard to beat but there is a lot to explore on the ground as well. The view from the 96th floor of the Hancock Building was impressive even for a guy who's seen the city from a blimp.

July 8, 2010

Chicago Preview


We just finished up our 4th of July weekend stay in Chicago and were able to make the hop to Detroit without any issues yesterday. While I was in Chicago I was able to get a ton of video footage from the air and the ground. It will probably take me a little while to get that done though so I have posted a few preview pictures here until I can get the video edited and posted. Some of the highlights include the fabulous Chicago skyline, Navy Pier and of course Wrigley Field. We were able to get two out of the three Cubs games in during our visit, and we had a blast doing them.

July 7, 2010

A Walk Back in Time Part 3

This is the final video of my tour of the Old Bethpage Village Restoration. In this video I concentrate on the agricultural side of the museum. Enjoy!

July 3, 2010

A Walk Back in Time Part 2


I just finished editing the second part of my three part series of videos from my recent visit to the Old Bethpage Village Restoration Museum. In this installment, we continue touring the various buildings that make up the village and learn a little more about life on Long Island in the 1800's.

June 30, 2010

A Walk Back in Time


I recently visited the Old Bethpage Village Restoration Museum located on Long Island just a short walk from our hotel. It features buildings from the 1800's that were relocated to the site from all over Long Island. It feels a lot like walking back in time as the workers there are also dressed in clothing from the time period to add to the historic atmosphere. I spent over two and a half hours exploring the grounds and shooting video which made for an enjoyable afternoon.
Above is the first part of a series of videos I am putting together from my trip there. I decided to spice it up with a little bit of voice over work that kind of makes it feel like a show you'd see on PBS. Its my first attempt at this type of a video so hopefully you still enjoy it. Oh and if your internet connection can handle it, check it out in HD.

June 28, 2010

A Trip Around Citi Field


It was a hazy day on Sunday afternoon for the game. The air was so thick you could cut it with a knife. We spent most of our time over the same spot we were at on Friday night due to air traffic. However we did get a short break where we were able to get overhead the stadium for about an inning or so. I took the opportunity for a quick video tour around Citi Field.

Mets Game Highlights

Catching up with our busy schedule, we've been in New York for a Mets home stand this past weekend as Major League Baseball wraps up interleague play. Friday night's game against the Twins gave me an opportunity to try out my new camera and shoot some video. We were about 2 miles north of the stadium the whole night due to LaGuardia Airport's traffic flow but I still was able to get some good shots. Above is a little montage of the night and is even available in HD.

June 16, 2010

Back East


Above are a few pictures from the transit we just finished back east to New York. We'll be spending the next week doing some baseball games in New York and Boston. The first couple of images are of Fermilab, a particle accelerator laboratory used for molecular experiments. Also there is a picture of Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio that I took as we passed by and a unique heart shaped pond out in rural Northwestern Ohio. Luckily we had a tailwind most of the way on the three day transit, but it still ended up being a couple of long flying days to get here.

June 9, 2010

Prelude to the Dream

As we arrived near New Weston, Ohio on Monday, the crews were already busy getting the dirt track ready for the big event tonight at Eldora Speedway. For those who aren't familiar with the yearly charity race, Nascar star Tony Stewart puts on this race each year to benefit multiple children's hopsitals. Tony and other Nascar greats such as Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch will go back to their roots and race on the dirt track for their favorite charities. Weather permitting, we'll be providing the aerial view of the track on the pay per view telecast tonight. A great event to get to be apart of. No matter who comes in first for the race, the kids are the true winners.

June 5, 2010

St Louis Fireworks Over Busch Stadium


Here is a little video montage of the fireworks display over Busch Stadium last night after the Cardinals game. It was really a cool site from the air with the Gateway Arch in the background as you can see.

Gateway to the West


I took a few pictures and some video of the arch and Busch Stadium while flying over the St Louis Cardinals game last night. The Cards ended up beating the Milwaukee Brewers 8-0. There were some thunderstorms to the north that I thought might be a factor in sending us home early, but fortunately they never made their way down. We were able to fly the entire game and even stuck around after the game for the fireworks display. There is nothing quite like watching fireworks from the blimp and having the Gateway Arch in the background made it even more picturesque. It was another great night to be flying the DirecTV Blimp!

June 4, 2010

From Philly to the Midwest

Here's a little update on what I've been up to the past week. We spent a couple of days in Philadelphia last weekend to cover the USA Soccer Team's final exhibition match before they left for South Africa. They begin playing in the World Cup Tournament there later this month. Then we began our first trip of the season to the Midwest, destination St Louis. Unfortunately we hit some weather en route and ended up having some unscheduled days off in Ohio. While in Ohio, we happened to overfly my old office in Canton that I worked in for a few years after college on our leg to Cincinnati. I also got a few hazy pictures of downtown Cincinnati as we waited for the crew to put up the mast that are pictured below.
We had some weather set backs on the way but we made it to St Louis, MO in time to fly over some Cardinals baseball games tonight and tomorrow afternoon.

May 23, 2010

Subway Series

I flew over the Yankees vs. Mets game on Saturday night as we provided the aerial coverage for Fox. It was my first time flying over the Mets' stadium, Citi Field. Overall a nice night for flying. Luckily we were able to beat the low clouds and rain that came it shortly after we landed for the night. We have one more game this week in New York and then its off to Chicago for the weekend!

May 18, 2010

Yankees Win!


I finally was able to fly my first baseball game above Yankee Stadium last night as I watched the Yanks beat the Red Sox in a come from behind win in the 9th. A really great game to be apart of and we had the best seats in the house. While I was up there, I took a few pictures of the stadium before and during the game. The bare concrete area next to Yankee Stadium is all that is left of the old Yankee Stadium. Also I took a few shots of the New York skyline and Central Park from our location above the Bronx. It was a fun night to be up in the blimp and the Yankee win was the icing on the cake.

May 8, 2010

Darlington Race


I flew my second Nascar Nationwide Race last night, the Royal Purple 200, in Darlington, South Carolina. A great night for racing under the lights at the track they say is, "The Track Too Tough to Tame." Its been really hot down here with highs during the day into the 90's, and it stayed warm up in the gondola all night. With a lack of air conditioning, we had the windows all open trying to get as much air flow as we could up there. Over all though it was a good show despite the heat.
I was able to take a few pictures and shoot some short videos while I was up there. You may notice the egg like shape of the track which makes it one of the more unique tracks on the Nascar schedule.
Tonight is our last Nascar race for a while as we begin covering baseball. Next stop on the tour, New York City.
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May 1, 2010

Front Page

We made the front page of The Progress-Index today, the local newspaper here in Petersburg, VA. Included in the article was a picture of me in the gondola. Its not often you pick up the paper and see yourself on the front page. Needless to say, it really made my day. Yet another really unique experience that goes with the job. If you'd like to read the article, it is online and can be found here.

My First NASCAR


I had the pleasure of flying the Nascar Nationwide Series race last night, the Bubba Burger 250, at Richmond International Raceway. It was my first Nascar event and was a lot of fun up there watching them race "under the lights."

The power of the race cars is amazing. You can actually feel it in the pedals of the ship when you are flying over the track as they pass. Also as you may be able to notice in the short video at the bottom, you can actually hear the roar of the engines over our two prop engines, even with our headsets on.

After the race, I encountered some serious headwinds on the way back to the airport last night, but over all it was a great night at the races.

April 28, 2010

Up and At'em Early



Airborne at sunrise out of Mobile, AL enroute to Virginia for this weekend's NASCAR.

April 21, 2010

Down in New Orleans

We made it to New Orleans for our weekend coverage of the Zurich Classic Golf Tournament. Here is a photo of downtown New Orleans from a distance as we were making our way to the airport for landing. Overall it was a pretty nice day for a transit. We're just hoping the weather stays nice all weekend.

Goodbye Texas

Well we got pretty wet in Fort Worth, TX but NASCAR eventually ran the Sprint Cup Race on Monday. We were able to be apart of that as well as another obligation we had in Dallas on Monday night. Since, we have left and are heading to New Orleans to cover some PGA Golf this weekend. We stopped in Shreveport, Louisiana on our way down for the overnight. The picture is of downtown Shreveport that I took while we were waiting for the crew to set up the mast.

April 9, 2010

Snoopy Update

Since my transfer to the DirecTv Starship at the beginning of the year, its been a while since I've flown one of the Snoopy blimps. Even living in the airship world, its hard to keep track of where everyone is in the country. Luckily, MetLife has updated their blimp page with some outstanding, cutting edge content including a "Blimp Tracker" and Twitter page. Now its easy to find out what's going on with Snoopy 1 and 2 as they provide aerial coverage for the PGA all spring and summer long. You can find the Blimp Tracking page here along with other new content including their Twitter link.

April 5, 2010

Opening Night of MLB

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I had the privilege last night of flying over Major League Baseball's Opening Night, featuring the New York Yankees vs. the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. It doesn't get much better then that for my first baseball game in the blimp. Complete with a fighter jet fly over and fireworks, the magic was in the air. As the short video shows, I had a great seat in the DirecTv blimp for a fun night of baseball. Its just a shame that the Yankees lost. Oh well, we still have a couple of games to fly here this week. Hopefully they can get a couple wins over the Sox.

April 3, 2010

Travels to Boston



We made it up to Boston without a hitch courtesy of the gorgeous weather.  We will be covering the Celtics game Sunday afternoon and the Yankees vs Red Sox Opening Night baseball game in the evening.  As a Yankee fan, I'm looking forward to flying the ball games this week. 

The picture above is of the Chesapeake Bay as we crossed over into Maryland. 

The pictures below are of Soleburg Airport in Readington, NJ which served as one of our overnight stops on the way up north. It has a huge blimp friendly field that is by far one of the best airports we moor at with respect to having room to operate.

March 31, 2010

Catching Up: Bristol, TN


Just catching up on some pictures I took a few weeks ago. The pictures above are of the Nascar and NHRA race tracks in Bristol, TN that I took as we got into town for the race. We have since covered the race in Martinsville, VA and are now en route to Boston for the Red Sox's Opening Day.

March 16, 2010

Blog Updates: Ask a Blimp Pilot


Well I've been busy updating the blog layout a bit today. You may notice we now have links to share Blimpin'Ain't Easy on Facebook and Twitter. I've also updated my map of places I've been to include all of the blimps I have been assigned to on one map. When you look at that, it really puts all of the traveling in perspective.
Finally, the new feature I am most excited about is "Ask a Blimp Pilot." One of my favorite parts of the job is hosting tours for the client. During these visits, I've been asked all kinds of questions about the airships, operations and our unique lifestyle. I thought I'd bring the same one on one experience to my blog visitors by offering a medium to submit questions. Just click on the red question mark on the right side of the page for the "Ask a Blimp Pilot" form and submit your questions. I will try and answer as many as I can in future posts. If you need a more personalized response, please include your email address. I hope you find this as fun as I hope it will be, and I look forward to your questions.

March 11, 2010

Tustin Hangers Video

I came across a video put together by the City of Tustin, CA about the historic blimp hangers there. There is a lot of history there both for military and civilians alike. I've had the privilege of visiting the hangers on a couple of occasions while our ships were getting their annual maintenance inspections. They are truly an impressive sight both inside and out. Still some of the largest all wooden structures in the world, they are over 17 stories tall and 1000 feet in length, covering 5 acres of space inside. It is amazing that it only took 9 months to build each of them. For more interesting facts and great archived video from the hangers' heyday, check out the video here.

March 8, 2010

Back to Work

I haven't updated lately because there hasn't been much going on. Our mechanics have been busy the past two weeks giving the ship its annual inspection in the hanger. I've been busy taking care of the administrative type stuff preparing for our upcoming events by booking all of our hotels and airports we'll be staying at. Our tour starts up again this week as we head to Greensboro, NC to cover the ACC basketball tournament. Always a nice place to visit, I'm looking forward to our stay there.

February 11, 2010

Onward to Daytona


With the Super Bowl in the books, we cruised up the coast from Miami to Daytona for Nascar's big Super Bowl week. We'll be providing aerial coverage all week for all of the big race events including the grand daddy of them all on Sunday, the Daytona 500.

January 31, 2010

Welcome to Miami



Well we made it down to Miami this week to provide aerial coverage for tonight's NFL Pro Bowl and the many festivities building up to the Super Bowl. Some of the highlights on the way down included a pass by the Goodyear Blimp hanger in Pompano Beach and a great view of all the preparations going on down in South Beach and at the stadium for Super Week. Its going to be a crazy week here on the Direct TV Blimp with plenty of flying (weather permitting of course). We'll keep our fingers crossed for a nice sunny week in Southern Florida!

January 21, 2010

Big Blimpin' in Orlando

I've reached the next milestone in my blimp career this week. I've completed my training to fly our largest ship, the A-170. My first "solo" flight was a transit down from Gainesville to Orlando, Florida earlier this week. I also did my first camera event in the big ship last night as we provided aerial coverage for the Orlando Magic NBA basketball game. It was the first of three events we are covering here in Orlando before heading to Miami for the up coming NFL festivities over the next two weeks.

Above is a picture of Orlando's downtown skyline and below is a picture I took at sunset just before landing earlier this week.

January 13, 2010

The Sunshine State



Well there has been plenty of sunshine in Florida since I arrived here a couple weeks ago but it sure has been cold! Not the most comfortable blimp flying weather by any means, but you bundle up and make the best of it. I'm now on the Direct TV Blimp getting use to flying the big airship again. Above are a few pictures from around Orlando as we flew around last week. The highlight was flying high above the Disney World resorts. I was quite surprised at how small the Magic Kingdom looked compared to the other parks. Despite it being unseasonably cold, there still were plenty of people walking down Main Street.