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User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 30
Posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1552 times:

I was just watching the Fiesta Bowl on TV, and was wondering what spacing was needed around a blimp like they used for the aerial coverage. At one point, as the shot from the blimp was being televised, it looked as though a biz jet traveled in between the blimp and the stadium. This seemed odd to me, since blimps don't appear to fly that high. If anyone knows anything about ATC operations in relation to blimps, that would be great.

Harry


Why grab a Heine when you can grab a Busch?
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User currently offline411A From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1826 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1533 times:

Arizona State University, where the Fiesta Bowl is played, is not far from KPHX, so yes, it was indeed possible for the blimp to be higher than the biz jet..on final, landing at PHX.

User currently offlineAPFPilot1985 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1516 times:

I would think that the separation between the blimp would be no different than any other clearance requirements, with the blimp having the right of way, and the possibility of any TFR's over the stadium.

User currently offlinePilotpip From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3144 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1418 times:

APFP hit the nail on the head. CPS is right by downtown St. Louis so anytime there is a big game at Busch Stadium or The Edward Jones Dome the blimp will moore at CPS. They close a runway because it's sitting too close but otherwise you just make sure to keep a safe distance. They're big, slow, and easy to see so they aren't much of an issue.

Since you also brought up TFRs, I think those are becoming less of a problem. I've seen more blimp coverage of sporting events recently and that means they're either getting special approval to fly in the TFR or the TFRs aren't being placed over everything bigger than a highschool basketball game. Now all we need to get rid of are the Disneyland TFRs. Mickey and Minnie must be NIMBYs.  Smile



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User currently offlineRalgha From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 1614 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1342 times:

It means they get approval. It's not that hard, all you have to do is be talking to ATC.


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User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 60
Reply 5, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1341 times:
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It means they get approval. It's not that hard, all you have to do is be talking to ATC.


I bet all the out of work banner towers would beg to differ.


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User currently offlineRalgha From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 1614 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1342 times:

Well maybe they're more anal elsewhere, but here as long as you're talking to ATC, they don't care what you do. If you're not though, it hits the fan.


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