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  1. Film flying is all about the smoothness, just like a good long line pilot. A good film crew understands that you, the pilot, is part of the team and holds the keys to the success of a good aerial's session. If they don't, they probably aren't very experienced in the business and whatever 'trick flying' you do still won't get them the shot... hand held or mounted camera. The pressure to fly lower, closer and even fly a 'fade away jumper' or similar profile is all moot if you aren't comfortable and didn't do your homework/ flight planning on locations and hazards. Besides the fact, that today's camera technology, mounts, lenses and professional operators really negate some of the requirements to get up close and personal with a train, boat, people and in this case... surfers on a very large wave. Looking at these two images I suspect the crew and pilot both had a 'breather' after that particular roll out/ wave. I picture shouting and the productions insurance provider adjusted aviation premiums across the board after these images came out:) Lastly, if the pilot owned the company and machine and that's how they roll... their prerogative. As someone flying someone else's machine... totally disrespectful to the Huey and it's owner. Rotors right... they'll use the clean/ smooth shot every-time! Don't fall into the 'get the shot' trap. Besides... if you bank it too hard the rotors get in the frame.
  2. Hello All, Looking for some info on a "Sky Mount Film System". Similar to a Tyler Side Mount this is a system from the 1970's I believe. Seemingly designed with the AStar and Bell 206/ L in mind. While we can all appreciate that there have been leaps and bounds to film mount technology, our client feels like there may still be a market for this system. Looking for any STC info on this system (none included within the case) and the internet hasn't been very helpful. European made system: "Skymount Helicopter Mounting"/ Coggans & Wilson (Designers?) Thanks in advance.
  3. Great thread... lots of useful info. In my experience, a new to the removed door photog or camera operator gets both the harness and a seatbelt (albeit a little less tight on the seatbelt). If they highlight previous experience in similar operations, they use our military spec harness system and they have to earn our trust! They are required to demonstrate a quick disconnect of seatbelts and or harness fittings prior to takeoff. A safety briefing pertinent to the specific operation is paramount as is assuring the camera operator that you (as the PIC) will adjust your flying to their needs. Assuring them that the aircraft won't be banked to the 'door removed side' unless noted/ confirmed ready lets’ them understand not just their own safety requirements, but the overall operational safety protocols at hand. Trust and communications in this case go a long way. No one has mentioned the 'gung-ho' camera guy that gets caught up in their subject and removes the seatbelt 'to get a better shot' or inadvertently releases the buckle into the slipstream which beats the aircraft in flight. We have a policy in place that highlights door off operations a form for ‘door removed’ worker to review what was covered in the safety briefing and sign off as understood. Otherwise, we have also invested in a photo window which is golden in the winter and saves a bunch of door dropping/ pick-up landings (for those without the sliding doors) on multiple site missions. Flying camera types is demanding but also rewarding... you just have to know when to draw the line. If I had a dollar for every camera guy that says” we could probably go lower” I’d be doing really well... but might have payed it back in TC fines!!!
  4. http://www.wimp.com/pilotsstamps/ An interesting video commenting on pay vs. safety. Maybe not as applicable to the helicopter operations however, interesting none the less. It is Michael Moore... but backed up by the now famous Sully Sullenburger in his address to US Congress. Luckily I'm working now and getting paid well for what I do but am sure some 'unique' first job stories might present themselves after watching this. I hitch hiked to my first seasonal flying job... and a few check rides after that Safe flying! Great job to those covering the Olypics from the air... been seeing some nice video! Cheers
  5. This might help keep you dry... and doubles up as a handy carry on bag http://failblog.org/2010/01/05/news-segment-fail/
  6. Oh dry camps... This is from a former life trying to pay for the helicopter training as a driller. We were industrious lads in a wet camp with friends in a dry camp (who had no access to a vehicle) and thus started the "Dirty Little Anzac Run". That is, an operation that would make Rex Banner cringe... and the beer barons with a tidy profit for little effort. I with most in that dry camps are dry camps because of a few bad apples (see loud, drunk apples that make it hard for others to sleep) but, in this case a beered up crew... was a productive crew. I would mention that that was a 68 day in a row job... and that this was entirely required for sanity! Cheers all around with a fine brew and/or cranberry juice! (Depending where your at!)
  7. Great Video... love the tunes and the different Camera Angles... I just made one on the Halifax, NS fires a couple weeks ago. Here it is... http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=SXQL0_qr_oQ ENJOY!
  8. Ram Mount USA is a good source for many different types of mounting solutions... Vista Nav (recently purchased by Honeywell) was mounted with a Ram Mount. The also have suction mounts that work great for a coffee holder. Who designs a 1million dollar machine without a cup holder anyway? Cheers
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