Aug 28, 2019 12:15 PM
Bill Bayless
Chief Pilot of the Goodyear Blimp

The Pilot-in-Charge (PIC) is responsible for all aspects of the airship's operation. The PIC is ultimately responsible for the safe and efficient operation of the airship and, along with the Assistant Pilot-in-Charge (APIC), supervises and directs the training and development of all other pilots, department chiefs and crew members. Based on weather conditions and other circumstances, the decision to fly at any time belongs to the Pilot-in-Charge.

One of the most important jobs of the PIC is to monitor and confirm that Blimp pilot candidates are prepared to safely operate the Blimp. The PIC must hold a commercial Lighter-than-Air (LTA) rating and an instrument rating, and each Goodyear Blimp pilot candidate must successfully undergo and complete a comprehensive Goodyear Lighter-than-Air flight training program to help them successfully pass the Federal Aviation Administration requirements to obtain an LTA airship rating.


The Public Relations (PR) Specialist is the communications representative and planning agent for the Blimp at his or her designated hangar. With a primary focus on generating public relations opportunities at the local and national level, the PR Specialist helps to tactically deploy the airship to televised events, customer-related initiatives and community-based events.

The Airship Public Relations Specialist works to capitalize on media opportunities and partnerships that will lead to positive press for the Blimp and Goodyear.