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03-28-2005 10:30 PM  13 years agoPost 1
jfcastiglia

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Is there a way to Measuring altitude?

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03-28-2005 10:33 PM  13 years agoPost 2
z11355

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depends on the accuracy you want.

cheapest way might well be straping one of those altimeter watches to
the machine.

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03-28-2005 10:42 PM  13 years agoPost 3
wolfdad

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z11355 mentioned one idea, however, if you want to spend some bucks, you can get one of the GPS "add-ons" and get your altitude down to a rat's rump, plus aircraft position as well. Were I you, I think I would opt for the watch idea.

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03-28-2005 10:44 PM  13 years agoPost 4
Ted Toth

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get your altitude down to a rat's rump,
Is that more accurate than a nat's A$$...

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03-29-2005 04:12 AM  13 years agoPost 5
Gearhead

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I measure height by telephone poles.

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03-29-2005 04:26 AM  13 years agoPost 6
nojohnny101

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hey
if you really want to go cheap....use string!!!!

cheap, affordable, accurate (entailing there is minimal wind)

some people hook up a device that has a slidable weight so you can slide the weight and then clamp it as the heli goes higher.....that way it stays straight


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03-29-2005 06:54 AM  13 years agoPost 7
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03-29-2005 11:49 AM  13 years agoPost 8
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03-29-2005 12:26 PM  13 years agoPost 9
KenJ

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ALtitude
I bought one of these, kinda pricy, but works great!!

http://www.eagletreesystems.com/

Ken

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03-29-2005 04:48 PM  13 years agoPost 10
SLiebl

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if you really want to go cheap....use string!!!!
I don't know about using string. Sounds like you may also be able to measure how fast 3000' of string can be wrapped around your rotor head. Might start off cheap, and turn expensive in the blink of an eye.

I'd vote for the altimeter watch, or GPS.
There are also some gauges used in model rocketry to triangulate altitude. Again, that would be a course measurement.

-Steve

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03-29-2005 05:01 PM  13 years agoPost 11
Ashdec87

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There's also this formula you can use..oh i cant remember it off the top of my head.

But you measure the time it takes for an object to hit the ground. You take that time and plug it into the formula and presto!! You have your altitude..

So take your heli to what ever height, cut the engine and let it freefall. Make sure you time it though cuz you only get one chance

ash

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03-29-2005 05:26 PM  13 years agoPost 12
Ted Toth

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this from Estes

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03-29-2005 05:46 PM  13 years agoPost 13
AlanR8

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Altitude, ANY altitude is the gap between the skids/head and the hard bit at the bottom of the sky!

Scientifically proven method and infalible......

Altitude is GENERALLY a good thing to have.

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