The Entertainment Services and Technology Association has announced that the draft American National Standard BSR E1.7, Entertainment Technology – Recommended Practice for the Design and Use of Manual Systems for Flying Performers, is available for public review until July 29, 2003. The draft standard describes recommended practices for lifting and transporting performers to create the illusion of flying or levitation in theatrical performances. All persons and organizations that have an interest in flying effects with live performers are invited to review it and to offer comments. Public review and comment is being sought so that the draft standard may reflect the consensus of informed opinion in the industry.

A copy of BSR E1.7 may be obtained from the ESTA website at, or by writing to:

Technical Standards Manager
875 Sixth Avenue, Suite 1005
New York, NY 10001
Fax: 1-212-244-1502

The standard is a project of the Rigging Working Group, part of the ANSI-accredited standards committee E1, Safety and Compatibility of Entertainment Technical Equipment and Practices. The Entertainment Services and Technology Association is the secretariat for accredited standards committee E1, and provides administrative support to the committee. Membership in the working group is open to all who are affected by standards making in the area of trusses and rigging in entertainment venues, and who are willing to actively participate in the group's projects.