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05-01-2004 03:22 PM  13 years agoPost 1
FLAP

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Many of my shots are not level. Most of the time it is because I am not in a steady hover I suspect. I wonder if a mercury switch, with appropriate ba nana shaped glass, setup to power a light on the bottom of the heli might help my cameraman know when the heli is level to take a shot?
Any thoughts?

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05-01-2004 03:56 PM  13 years agoPost 2
z11355

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just use Photoshop and level it digitally.

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05-01-2004 05:08 PM  13 years agoPost 3
d_wheel

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It would be great if an artificial horizon were that easy to make, but it just doesn't work that way. Just like our inner ear, a mercury switch will be fooled by motion and could indicate a level condition in almost any orientation.

Later;

D.W.

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05-01-2004 06:27 PM  13 years agoPost 4
Helipilot01

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This might help...

Go To Rick's site and look at the landing gear shims. There is a write up on the front page about them, They position the landing gear level for straight take off's and landings. They were made for extreme 3D and contest flying. Also,beginners are using them to learn with. If your camera mounts to your landing gear,this would position your camera level in hover for straight photos.

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05-01-2004 08:03 PM  13 years agoPost 5
Helicek

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Flap,
your aerial photo set up is a 2 men job. Isn't it? You are not going to get consistent level pictures if you don't see what you shoot. I mean you need down link video and roll control r/c on your camera mount, don't you think so???
Good Luck
Ahmet

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05-01-2004 10:16 PM  13 years agoPost 6
eyeisdee1

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I totally agree with z11355. I have to fly in some of the highest sustained winds in the nation and I am usually all over the place. No problemoe. Just crop and squeeze with eeze..

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05-01-2004 11:08 PM  13 years agoPost 7
ELOSSAM

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05-03-2004 05:03 PM  13 years agoPost 8
flyboy

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Isn't that one of the advantages of a downlink?

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05-03-2004 10:25 PM  13 years agoPost 9
ELOSSAM

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I think so.

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