Western Winter Blast 2006
FireLinx at Western WinterBlast 17
Lake Havasu, AZ
Feb. 16, 2006
The FireLinx team has been
attending the WPA's WinterBlast for three years
now. In Year 1, we spoke quietly with a number
of industry professionals to fine tune our development
plan and assure FireLinx would be the best system
possible. In Year 2, we quietly demonstrated
prototypes and gave our first presentation on
the concept of Reliable Wireless technology.
This year, we pulled out all the stops.
FireLinx was represented in the Vendor's area
this year and presented a technical discussion
on distributed wireless networks, as well as
shooting nightly demonstrations where interested
customers from the day's booth discussions were
allowed to run the system and shoot the show.
That generated almost as much excitement as
One of the test shots we used
to demonstrate the FireLinx firing system at
WWB 2006 was the mine train wreck. When watching
the video, note that while one module could
have been used we actually used three to minimize
wiring. One module controls most of the left
side, one module on the right, and one controls
most of the center area. Each module, while
acting independently, is perfectly synchronized
with the others. If we'd had enough Firefly
modules on hand, we could have placed one for
every four mortars and eliminated scab wiring
The presentation on distributed
wireless networks went well, with a very spirited
discussion on various safety, operational, and
technical details that are specific to wireless
firing of pyrotechnics. We were very gratified
that we had an answer to every question raised.
The last three years of research and development
are beginning to show their dividends.