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10-16-2005 04:35 PM  12 years agoPost 1
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This is a little different for us. In the past the School has used a full size to throw the balls out of. The way this works is they sell 2ft squares on the field for a fund raiser. The first 6 Winners that the ball lands in their square win from $250- $1,000. They take in a lot of money by doing this and found out at the last moment Monday! FAA rules no longer let them use the full size so they called John to see if he could design something that had to drop six balls at the same time. Did this on Saturday. After they got to see the heli fly they are now paying us to comeback and fly a Friday nights game to show how the contest was done and to promo AirFoil.

We had a total of 4 events on Saturday. I’m throwing in a couple of pics from two demo’s and a rescue we were called to assist getting an injured ATV rider to the Helicopter.
Two ATV crashes at this place in one day. It was a busy Saturday.





Insurance Commercial.

CCPA Demo.

4H Demo

ATV Rescue.



Something different.
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10-16-2005 04:38 PM  12 years agoPost 2
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All I have to say is Dude, you got some balls!!!!

Another thing I noticed, arent those rescue people rude, they didnt even let you load up the wounded in your hovercraft, used a Chevy to do the job.

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10-16-2005 07:11 PM  12 years agoPost 3
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I personally wasn't there but know they contacted John to assist with the accident. I know John and Brent were both there.I know this new Hovercraft has done I think three rescues where it picked up people.

Couldn't tell you for sure but I would guess he was loaded and taken across by it. John said they had to pull several vehicles out.

Really doesn't matter. Its like the Thermalcam. It doesn't do the job its
just a tool to assist Teams with. Got an email there's video of both. I will try to get it and post ASAP.

Now for Balls I got to see that first hand and it was cool. The guys were blown away when John flew the heli so they could get a better idea Friday night what they wanted him to do.

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10-17-2005 06:38 PM  12 years agoPost 4
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The ball drop looks neat!

Where was it done and how were the bungees released simultaneously?


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10-17-2005 08:30 PM  12 years agoPost 5
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This was done for Quincy Notre Dame at Quincy,IL. The biggest problem I had is all their footballs they used were different sizes.

Used one servo in the center a JR 8411 which just spun and released
all the balls at the same time. They called today and we are going to do it Friday night at half time just to show how the ball drop was done and to Promote the TV stations backing this also.

QND video taped it. Not very good but you get the idea.


Football Drop

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10-18-2005 02:36 PM  12 years agoPost 6
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That's a neat idea (both the contest and how you dropped the footballs).

Just wondering if schools in our area would be interested in something like that as a fundraiser. Any idea how high you dropped the balls from? Directly over the 50 yard line? Also, do they "sell" the entire football field area or concentrate on the middle? I wouldnt think the balls would bounce 40-50 yards in either direction.

Thanks!


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10-18-2005 07:59 PM  12 years agoPost 7
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They sell the whole football field. My onboard said 275ft so some where around that I dropped them. Wouldn't need to be that high. From the 50 yard line they some bounce to the 20 yard line.

They told me the full size tossed them out at light pole high. A lot lower then I was.

I bet you're schools would. I havebeen contacted by 4 more schools to drop soccer balls and footballs. Do it for free. The Exposure is unreal.

The TV station here paid us to do it but you can't believe how many cards we gave out that want aerial shots from us now.

You really never know what you will do next. Its why I Love this Job!

Hope this helps Tony.
I like the sound of the balls hitting the field

John

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10-18-2005 08:20 PM  12 years agoPost 8
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Cool contraption and nice publicity.

I'm just thinking that if the balls will bounce to/past the 20yd line, wouldn't they also tend to bounce out of bounds..? I do like the contest idea though. Do the entrants pick their spot, or is it random drawing?

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10-18-2005 08:47 PM  12 years agoPost 9
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I'm just thinking that if the balls will bounce to/past the 20yd line, wouldn't they also tend to bounce out of bounds..?
My thoughts too. Was wondering what they do with balls that go out of bounds -- make another flight?

275 feet! Wow! That's pretty high for dropping 6 footballs! You could even pick a little kid to come out and flip the gear switch on your transmitter!

Yeah, I can imagine you would get great exposure for that. It's amazing how one event can result in several others. We flew at a college homecoming game Saturday and had lots of people asking who we were and where we were from. They even published a picture of the helicam in the local newspaper and gave us a small blurb under it. The guy from the newspaper called us Sunday and asked a few questions. He tried to catch us at halftime but we were shooting video elsewhere on the campus. It was nice of him to do that since he really didnt have to.


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10-18-2005 10:39 PM  12 years agoPost 10
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I was told if you watch the video when the full size dropped the balls half would be off the field. So to do two drops of 6 with 3 winners was great for them.

How its setup I think is pretty neat. Its like a board game. The field is 2ft squares. Yes some balls may bounce off the field. Each square is sold for $2.00 with a ticket number. The board pictured has all the numbers on it. If a ball lands in the square with your ticket number you win $1000 the second one wins $500 and the third $250. The balls are numbered 1-6 so if the first drop you have three winners your done.

They start with the number 1 ball. and go from there. Its a neat fund raiser if you have a way to drop the balls.

Tony
I couldn't agree more. They put pics in the QND news letter their web page we will be doing a demo on CGEM tv live that Friday night.

We did it for free to them. I can't even guess how much money this much advertising would have cost.

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10-19-2005 03:19 PM  12 years agoPost 11
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John,
I think this is really neat! Too bad most of the local schools around here have already had their homecoming and/or their season is coming to a close.

Just roughly figuring, 2' squares comes out to about 12,000 total just between the goal lines! I'm sure all the squares arent selected but that's a lot of squares! Did you just hover over the 50 yard line and drop them? Any certain orientation to the field?

I'm a little confused (nothing new ) -- So you do as many drops as it takes to get a total of 3 winners?
If a ball lands in the square with your ticket number you win $1000 the second one wins $500 and the third $250. The balls are numbered 1-6 so if the first drop you have three winners your done. They start with the number 1 ball. and go from there.
Trying to understand -- Is this example correct?

(After the first drop)
Ball #1 is in an empty square
Ball #2is in an empty square
Ball #3 is in an empty square
Ball #4 is in a purchased square -- $1000 winner
Ball #5 is in an empty square
Ball #6 is in an empty square

(After the second drop)
Ball #1 is in a purchased square -- $500 winner
Ball #2is in an empty square
Ball #3 is in an empty square
Ball #4 is in an empty square
Ball #5 is in an empty square
Ball #6 is in a purchased square -- $250 winner

What do they do if a ball bridges more than one square?

Thanks!


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10-19-2005 06:05 PM  12 years agoPost 12
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That's exactly how it works. If its on the line its tossed out. Yes the only
reason you may have to drop more is because the ball landed on spaces not sold.

Give you an idea they had I think 400 unsold squares. We did two drops of 6 balls. The first on the 50 yard line the second in fast foward flight and dropped from the 20 almost to the other 20. Its a big fund raiser.

They called today to say with the electric they would like to do the same thing at a basket ball game. We are using 5" basket balls and dropping 6. Then they just measure from the end and side lines to the ball and that tells them the block number and if its sold.

I was also told the soccer team wants to do a quick fund raiser the same way even though the seasons over. They are having a teachers play the kids game and selling tickets for that.

You just never know.


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10-19-2005 07:52 PM  12 years agoPost 13
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The electric in the gym sounds like it would be really cool too! What an excuse, uh reason, to buy an electric! How long did you have to come up with the means to carry and drop the footballs?


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10-19-2005 08:44 PM  12 years agoPost 14
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They gave me 5 days notice that the full size could not do it. We have some mounts that do other things for the Police dept's here which I knew could drop a football. Then with 3 days notice they called and said we did tell you we need to drop 6 footballs at the same time didn't we?

To be honest I love the design. Maybe having to build something quick helped keep it simple but effective. Don't know but it works and its light.

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10-19-2005 09:00 PM  12 years agoPost 15
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Yeah, looks really simple and effective. Nice job!

I'm just trying to figure out the release method for the bungees. I'm guessing it's something like the remote release on a glider tow?


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10-20-2005 03:06 AM  12 years agoPost 16
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WOW
That looks pretty neat. I was just in an ATV accident August 8th.

I was going up a hill and it flipped back on me and broke my back.

Hey, that idea looks pretty cool. I'm still trying to understand everything though. That helicopter looks great.

~Michael~

Some peope see things, and say Why......I dream things that, never were and say WHY NOT?

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10-21-2005 03:28 AM  12 years agoPost 17
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ATV Rescue
Another thing I noticed, arent those rescue people rude, they didnt even let you load up the wounded in your hovercraft, used a Chevy to do the job.
Believe me, as soon as I saw what we were facing, I made the call in an instant. The guy was on the other side of the creek with some rough terrain en route. The other department was a little rammy and rushed over there without considering the benefits of the hovercraft. Every little bump resonated through the patient, and that truck took some big bumps. The hovercraft would have glided across everything and the patient wouldn't have felt a thing. But, I'm just a lowman on a hick department!!! Go figure.

Next time, I call the shots!!!

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10-21-2005 09:21 AM  12 years agoPost 18
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hmm,

reminds me of the fundraiser some local soccer clubs did.

they send a cow out on the field.

if the cow ****s on your square you win.

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