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HelicopterAerial Photography and Video › Hard lesson to learn - knee pads? :p
12-09-2004 01:07 AM  13 years agoPost 1
Rajun151

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Ok, I thought twice about even admitting to this stupid move but why not... Today when I was testing out my Raptor 50 & the cam & mount, I tripped over a curb that jumped out of no-where(!) and I ate it hard.. Busted my knee and scratched my arm, bouncing the heli slightly off the ground from a 5 foot hover, BUT I kept flying prone-style on my side until I could safely land! Sorry, I can bleed because I have felt enough helicopter repair pains lately to think about being hurt until after I land.

Needless to say I was pretty embarrassed, albeit relieved, though my girlfriend was saying "dammit, I almost got that!" from behind the D70. I had to laugh and think how glad I was not on a job with a client next to me.

I guess I need curb feelers on my shoes or something... I'm usually really good about knowing my area or just not moving around much. I think I will stay planted from now on.

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12-09-2004 01:28 AM  13 years agoPost 2
FLAP

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Actually, knee pads would be a good idea if only to save on the grass stains from starting. The only down side would be the 'geek factor' of wearing a headset for the walkie-talkie, the eye piece for the camera view and the knee pads.

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12-09-2004 06:12 AM  13 years agoPost 3
Rajun151

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Well, I guess I should have added the Eyetops and the Motorolas for the try-outs.. I hate to be in rare form sans the electronics.

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12-09-2004 08:20 AM  13 years agoPost 4
GMcNair

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WOW, I can't believe you told that story David! Thanks for sharing....it's mean to laugh, so I won't, but that's kind of funny man.

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12-09-2004 09:49 AM  13 years agoPost 5
Crusty

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Sorry about yer kneee, maybe a additional vidcam poking out the bottom of yer tranny and plugged in to yer eyetops for ground proximty awareness...eh?

I am dsylexia of borg..resistance is fruity...your arse will be laminated

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12-09-2004 06:18 PM  13 years agoPost 6
Rajun151

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I'll try and do a recreation just for you guys later today.

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12-09-2004 07:06 PM  13 years agoPost 7
daggit

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man... when you're flying... don't friggin move!

try this as an experiment someday when you're NOT flying. Look straight up and try to walk about 30 feet on uneven terrain. Bad idea

p.s. do as I say not as I do

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12-10-2004 01:13 AM  13 years agoPost 8
waterskier

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I thought that knee pads were just for working girls......

just kiding david...could't resist

Greg

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12-10-2004 05:24 AM  13 years agoPost 9
Rajun151

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Mine or yours?

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