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Where Is Flyhouse? (March 2018)

Posted by Flyhouse on Mar 5, 2018 8:30:00 AM

March is another busy month at Flyhouse. Where are we this month?

Where is Flyhouse March 2018


  • CNA
  • Field Museum
  • Great Lakes Center for the Arts – Bay Harbor, MI
  • Logansport High School
  • Neuqua Valley High School
  • Northwestern University Dance Marathon
  • Summit Charter - Ft. Lauderdale


  • District 214
  • Edge Theater
  • Grand Opera House
  • Scottish Rite
  • Spertus Institute

Cruise Ship Trainings

  • Enchantment - Nassau to Miami
  • Navigator - Miami to Aruba
  • Majesty - Port Canaveral
  • Diadema and Fascinosa - Europe

Conferences (Flyhouse-led Sessions)

  • USITT Conference
  • New World Rigging Symposium

Topics: Flyhouse Projects

ETCP Certifiable News: Spring 2018

Posted by Flyhouse on Mar 2, 2018 11:22:39 AM

The most recent edition of the Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) newsletter is out and you'll find Flyhouse related items all throughout - stories, videos, and training information.

Topics: News

Flyhouse Rigging Fact

Posted by Flyhouse on Feb 27, 2018 5:02:17 PM
Flyhouse Rigging Fact

Topics: Rigging Facts

Five CM Hoist School Takeaways

Posted by Flyhouse on Feb 23, 2018 3:30:06 PM

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If you are a rigger in the industry, you’ll likely have heard of or even attended CM Hoist School. Hosted by Mountain Productions in Wilkes-Barre, PA, Hoist School is a five-day seminar focused on rigging, hoist maintenance, and motor control.  

Flyhouse has been the lead instructor for the rigging seminar for the last two years. This year Flyhouse is represented by Eric, our Director of New Product Development, who has been an instructor at Hoist School for the last seven years. Over the last week, he has shared his vast rigging knowledge with those in attendance.

What were the takeaways from his students?

Hoist School 2018 Rigging Seminar

5 Hoist School "Rigging" Takeaways

1. Amsteel rope whoopie slings are the best.

2. How to correctly build a bridle and get the point right on the mark. 

3. Understanding what the forces are in the bridle. 

4. There are important differences between "V" and "Y" lanyards for fall arrest.

5. It is impossible to calculate how much tension there is for each point on a straight run of truss with more than two points. You can guess! But it won't be right. You need to monitor the load with a load cell or other type of scale.

Hoist School Compilation

Topics: Training

Behind the Scenes: Water Jet Delivery

Posted by Flyhouse on Feb 22, 2018 8:58:32 AM

Flyhouse recently acquired a Water Jet Machine to help us with fabrication on our projects. The delivery took nearly two hours from taking it off the truck to placing it on our shop floor. Fortunately, we made a time-lapse video to save you some time to see it all.



Topics: Video