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No Sweat for Flyhouse

Posted by Flyhouse on Aug 8, 2019 1:54:28 PM

15 Days, Contract to Completion

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Some might think that a seven day lead-time and eight day installation—during an NYC heatwave—for a massive stadium project is a problem. But when Flyhouse was tapped by Far Right Productions to help bring the wildly successful Fortnite World Cup Tournament to life, of course we said yes. For us, it's just another chance at what we do best.

Our experienced crew of rope access techs and riggers installed 68,000 feet of light blocking and sound absorbing fabrics at USTA Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, NY. The fabric, custom sewn by Rose Brands Inc, had to be temporarily installed across the bottom of the roof structure, 185 feet in the air. All the fabric panels were placed carefully and without disruption to the several hundred other rigging points also being installed for the audio and visual portion of the show—keeping the event on schedule. Flyhouse enhanced the environment of the stadium so the light and acoustics were perfectly in sync for this live, televised event. 

Arthur Ashe Stadium, July 2019BY THE NUMBERS 
10,000 ft of tension wire 
12,000 ft of horizontal lifeline 
5,000 snap hooks 
300 steel carabiners 
300 support straps 
23,000+ seats at Arthur Ashe Stadium, filled to capacity all weekend 
100 solo tournament players on stage
16-year-old Fortnite World Cup champion 
$3,000,000 Grand Prize 

It was another unique and challenging project that we got accomplished and an example of why Flyhouse is a leader in the sound absorption and light reduction market. But we got it done, no sweat no problem. Challenge us with your impossible projects … we’re ready to play!


Topics: News, Arenas, Flyhouse Projects

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