Chicago Flyhouse Blog

Adapting Our Services, On The Fly

Posted by Flyhouse on Apr 24, 2020 1:34:02 PM

Like everyone, The Chicago Flyhouse Inc., has adapted to changes in operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. While construction—including rigging work—continues in many parts of the country, other projects, productions, cruise lines, etc., have been put on hold. We are continuing work that can be done; in particular, closed venues offer a great opportunity for inspections, repairs and maintenance—while following all current recommended safety guidelines.

“A generous and genius idea.”
– Freelance Technician

In an effort to support our industry during this unique time, Flyhouse quickly shifted our existing Training into an entirely new, online program. Over a few short weeks, our trainers have created curriculum for 6 different classes, with more in the works. And most classes are being offered for free. That’s how we fly.

Initially, we started with smaller, limited class sizes. We quickly found that—unlike in-person training—the number of students doesn’t impact the quality of the experience. Given that, we are working hard to serve the overwhelming interest to these sessions. Beginning next week, we are also offering new Premium sessions for a nominal fee.

“These classes really help fill in the gaps between formal education and road experience.”
- Acrobatic Rigger and Freelance Technician

In the past three weeks, we have provided 2,556 person hours of training—across all skill and experience levels. Participants have come from 42 US states, 4 Canadian provinces, and 17 other countries—Czech Republic, Dubai, Finland, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Paraguay, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

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Participating organizations include 29 IATSE locals and:

Universities
Duke University
Indiana University
Florida State University
University of North Carolina School of the Arts 
Georgetown University
Northwestern University

Producing Theaters

Arena Stage (Washington DC)
American Repertory Theater (Boston)
McCarter Theatre (Princeton, NJ)
The Kennedy Center (Washington DC)
Alberta Ballet (Calgary, Canada)
Indiana Repertory Theatre (Indianapolis)

Presenting Houses
Royal Albert Hall (London, UK)
The Tennessee Performing Arts Center (Nashville)
Mesa Arts Center (Phoenix metro area)
AT&T Performing Arts Center (Dallas)

Vendors
Gallagher Staging
Foy Inventerprises Inc.
Rhino Staging
PSAV
Mountain Productions

Producers
Cirque du Soleil
Disney
NETworks

 

“Massive gratitude to Chicago Flyhouse for giving us all something positive and productive to do in this downtime.”  
- Flyhouse Training Participant

At the same time, we are also adding to our existing Flyhouse Films YouTube channel. We currently offer 37 videos across six playlist topics in our library, and we’re adding more new videos each month.

The focus at Flyhouse is always on safety. And for many in the rigging industry, the safest thing to do right now is to stay home. And train online with Flyhouse.

Topics: News, Video, Training, Flyhouse Projects

Flyhouse Installations

Posted by Flyhouse on Oct 8, 2018 12:08:46 PM

Each day it is safe to say Flyhouse is somewhere installing a number of different items for our projects. In this video, we emphasize our more unique motorized curtain projects including at the more than 500-feet wide marine-grade curtain at the Shedd Aquarium

 To view this video on YouTube, please click here.

Topics: Video, Flyhouse Projects

The Effects of Kinks on Wire Ropes

Posted by Flyhouse on Sep 24, 2018 10:44:18 AM

Wire rope is the lifeblood of the entertainment industry and we use miles and miles of it. At certain points, the wire ropes will get slight bends or severe kinks. Does it have an impact on the performance? Flyhouse tested three different scenarios to see what would happen. 

 Click here to watch this video on YouTube

Topics: Video

Behind the Scenes: Shop Fabrication

Posted by Flyhouse on Sep 14, 2018 10:10:11 AM

There are many phases of a project before we can call it complete. Bidding, drawings, submittals, fabrication - the list continues. One of the most important aspects is what happens in the fabrication shop before the trucks get loaded to head to the installation site. Here's a small taste of what our shop team does to make that happen.

Topics: Video

Performer Flying

Posted by Flyhouse on Aug 31, 2018 4:13:58 PM

Performer flying is one of our favorite parts of the job. It's especially our favorite when actors can perform amazing feats like this. Taking you back to spring of 2017 with The House Theatre of Chicago.

 

 

Topics: Performer Flying, Video