Is the use of those toy fan propelled blimps allowed at the regional competitions? I know use of communication devices are prohibited (2-way radios) while video transmitters are allowed. Now the radio frequency of this blimp is the internationally accepted “27Mhz” allotted for radio-controlled toys, so I’m guessing that’s different than the frequency used for the robot transmitters.
I think it depends on how you use it. Also, the venue might have rules on it. So long as it dosn’t violate and of the venues rules and you arn’t being obnoxious or distracting the drivers durring matches, I say go for it.
The bot’s all run at 900 mhz. RC cars and the like deffintly will not interfere with any of the bot’s, or vice versa.
I would think that the biggest concern would be the venue, There have got to be rules about this kinda thing…
Besides, with all the heaters vents and air currents in these big open gyms and such, pioleting a blimp would be quite a test. I’ve played with them outside before, if theres any wind they get pushed around very easily.
If I was going to your regional I would be happy to let you fly, but unfortunately our team is only going to the Great Lake Regional in Michigan. I did call FIRST and they have no rule against it, but they did say it would be a good idea to check with the venue. And if we have to (because of drafts) we might just anchor the blimp to our pit area with fishing line and just have it fly in circles above us.