By Jordan England-Nelson
The Federal Aviation Administration is still wringing its hands about the commercial use of unmanned aerial vehicles, but manned blimps have had the FAA’s blessing for over half a century.
Goodyear is celebrated its 60th year of aerial coverage of the Tournament of Roses in Pasadena on January 1st.
Goodyear provides news organizations with live aerial footage in exchange for on-air mentions of the Goodyear brand and shots of the iconic dirigible.
Goodyear claims it made the first live, national broadcast from an aircraft in 1955, at the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena.
Goodyear has provided news organizations with live aerial footage (which provides Good Year with free advertising) for decades.
There are three Goodyear blimps stored across the nation, with bases in Ohio, Florida and California.
The Spirit of America, based in Carson, broadcast this year’s Rose Parade and provided pregame footage for ESPN’s Game Day. It was piloted by Kristen Arambula.