Chicago Flyhouse Blog

Rigging Terms: Planner's Pocket Dictionary

Posted by Flyhouse on Oct 25, 2018 1:59:19 PM

Reflected ground plan? Allowable load? Fly? Any of these sound familiar to you? If you are a rigger, they are commonly used terms. If you are an event planner, you probably are looking them up right now. Well, you don't have to go far because we can help you out.

Flyhouse appeared inside a recent edition of the Illinois Meetings + Events magazine to fill in the definitions of commonly used rigging terms.

Flyhouse Rigging Terms

Topics: News, Theatrical Rigging, Rigging Facts

Flyhouse Presents at the New World Rigging Symposium

Posted by Flyhouse on Mar 13, 2018 2:57:52 PM

The New World Rigging Symposium, presented by ESTA and USITT, is a two-day event allowing riggers of all levels to come together and help further the industry with new ideas and discussions.

As part of the 10 sessions being held, Flyhouse’s Director of New Product Development, Eric Rouse, participated in Tuesday’s chain hoist discussion called, “Damn it, Jim. I’m a Chain Hoist, Not a Winch.”

“We are discussing chain hoists and how they are sometimes used by people the same way you would use a cable winch,” said Rouse. “Most of the time, this is not appropriate due to the fact that a winch typically has bells and whistles (safety features) that a chain hoist does not have.”

Eric’s involvement at the first-ever U.S. held symposium is no surprise due to his reputation as a trainer and a rigger who has a substantial crossover in the different areas of rigging.

The New World Rigging Symposium is being held in conjunction with the annual USITT Conference and Stage Expo.

Topics: News, Flyhouse Team

Flyhouse at 2018 USITT Conference and Stage Expo

Posted by Flyhouse on Mar 8, 2018 11:00:11 AM

USITT Conference

Are you attending the 2018 USITT Conference and Stage Expo in Fort Lauderdale? While we won’t be part of the floor show with a booth, Flyhouse will be involved as speakers in multiple sessions. Make sure to say hello before or after the sessions.

Flyhouse will also be part of the first-ever New World Rigging Symposium being held in conjunction with the USITT Conference. In these ten sessions, participants will be given the opportunity to further their technical knowledge, keep up-to-date with codes and standards, and learn what it’s like to work as a rigger in other segments of the entertainment industry.

Below is where you can find the Flyhouse presenters during the sessions.

New World Rigging Symposium

Damn It, Jim. I’m a Chain Hoist, Not a Winch (Eric Rouse)

Tuesday, March 13

2:30 p.m.

Room - TBD

USITT Conference

Fundamentals: Rigging (Ed Leahy)

Wednesday, March 14

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Room – Grand Ballroom F

Meditation, Movement, and Mindfulness for Magic Makers (Eric Rouse)

Thursday – Saturday, March 15-17

1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Room – Atlantic Salon 1-4

You Want to Do What, Where? Rigging in Non-Traditional Spaces (Benjamin Cohen | Ed Leahy)

Friday, March 16

2:45 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Room – Grand Ballroom F

Topics: News

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 Projects in October

Posted by Flyhouse on Oct 4, 2017 9:55:34 AM
From flying Billy Elliot, being on-site at multiple Arena projects to installing holiday decorations, Flyhouse has a full schedule this October. So where are we?

In-Progress Projects

Geneseo High School (Geneseo, Illinois)

Geneseo High School

Willow Creek Church (Crystal Lake, Illinois)

Willow Creek Church

Barclay College Performing Arts Center (Haviland, Kansas)

Barclays Performing Arts Center

Columbia College (Chicago, Illinois)

Columbia College

Macys (Chicago, Illinois)

Macys Chicago

Marriott (Lincolnshire, Illinois)

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United Center (Chicago, Illinois)

United Center

Oakbrook Center (Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois)


Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (Chicago, Illinois)

Shirley Ryan Ability Lab

UMBC Arena (Baltimore, Maryland)

UMBC Arena

Porchlight Music Theater (Chicago, Illinois)

Porchlight Music Theatre

Wintrust Arena (Chicago, Illinois)

Wintrust Arena

Flyhouse Rigging Trainings

Columbus McKinnon - Lititz, Pennsylvania

ETC - Madison, Wisconsin

Cruise Ship Trainings

Lisbon, Portugal to Rome, Italy

Honolulu, Hawaii

Los Angeles, California

Topics: News, Theatrical Rigging, Stage Rigging