In summer 2011 we had our new flytower & electric winches installed.
There are 19, 5 line, winches using the Stage Technologies BTLite 250 system -
Maximum flying height above stage level is 12.5m. A cloth can be flown out in about 7 seconds.
The new winches have been great to use, making day to day jobs simpler and, of course, to allow us to fly for the first time in 30 years.
Plans are still on-
Of the 19 bars at least ten are in use for masking, cyc, black travellers & Lx so that does not leave many for other purposes. There is normally a free bar upstage of each border. We sometimes have legs on the same bar as borders to free up bars.
The upstage bars are closely spaced (280mm centres) for cloths. Please see the Standard Rig plan for dimensions.
The flying is controlled by a Stage Technologies “Illusionists” board sited DSL near the SM desk.
Bars can be programmed in various ways and saved as “States” (Cues). The dead mans handle has to be kept depressed while a move is happening.
Please note that the fastest a bar can move is 600mm/second, so a 6m cloth would take about 7 secs.
New in 2012 with 4 outriggers & suitable for moving while basket is occupied when used in accordance with instructions.
Added a winch rescue system in 2013
Goes without saying; only for use by competent personnel