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Flying High

Woodbine-based aerial advertising company High Exposure has been in business for 22 years and, in that time, owner Dave Dempsey has seen some wild messages. We asked him for his favorite.

banner“This is going to sound corny,” he said, “but we once flew a big read heart and the message: True love waits for marriage.”

Another unlikely request? A “happy birthday” banner flown over the grave of a dead man.

Now, CMBC is getting in on the cool aerial action, with our own set of over-the-ocean advertisements.

We won’t tell you what they say (you’ll have to look up for that) but we will tell you that they’ll fly at an altitude of 500 feet, travel between Cape May and Sea Isle City, and move at a speed of 50 miles-per-hour. All letters will be five-feet-by-three-feet, so you should have no trouble spotting them from the beach.

Or, feel free to watch the pilots take off in Woodbine between 10 and 11am, Fridays through Mondays.banner2

“The planes get within five feet of the ground for pick-up,” says Dempsey.

It may sound like a nerve-wracking gig, but it’s not half bad.

“On the best days, flying a banner plane is like waterskiing on glass,” Dempsey says. “It’s the best office in the world, with the windows open on either side. You can take your hands off of the controls and just enjoy the ride.”

Be sure to post photos of our planes – flying July 3, 6, 15, 24, and 27 — to the CMBC Facebook page. You might even win a free Frisbee...