Yesterday I was trained by AAP on Tallescope use. Strangely enough rescue plans came into the conversation, and AAP are currently investigating a modification to allow the scope to tip with a casualty in the basket. Not going to go into the ins or outs of it in case it changes, but what they are proposing seems a viable option.
Ha! And that modification will no doubt involve venues spending even more money with AAP for the new modification kit...
Edited to add:
It seems to me that AAP are getting increasingly desperate to keep tallescopes going. Maybe they should just design a new product from the ground up that you can buy off-the-shelf that does not need post-design extra bits bolting on to create a safe working platform (for what we intend).
Don't get me wrong- I think they have their place- for example, when they are being used statically as originally intended, and when moved sensibly (as previously discussed) on an empty and flat stage by competent persons. It's when you have to start spending time flapping outriggers around to get around bits of scenery and walls that I think scopes start to become more of a burden, but being used for the sake of it, when it may be quicker and safer to get the Zarges out to get to the odd lights that can't be safely reached (when used in accordance with MI's) from a scope.
The aforementioned MonkeyTower seems to solve a lot of the problems mentioned so far about tallescopes, now if only they could design a version that was a one more section taller, it could probably take the place of a scope in many venues!
This post has been edited by IRW: 17 April 2012 - 01:43 PM