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11-28-2005 11:15 PM  12 years agoPost 1
Brett Horton

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I had a Gentleman call me today wanting to shoot inside a warehouse for a production Video. It is a large building and he wants the mobility of the heli for the shoot. Have any of you had any indoor requests?
I have never flown indoors other than my Blade or XRB inside my House, what are the concerns with flying indoors of a large metal building? Specifically RF?

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11-28-2005 11:31 PM  12 years agoPost 2
crux12

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Beware the multi-path.

Flying indoors is not a big issue; just check your antennas before flight so you will have control of the heli. The XRB is a great indoor flyer and can be modified to be more stable and maneuverable all at the same time while increasing its payload potential. Don’t have any insight on the blade, however the TREX flies nice indoors.

RF downlink will be you largest concern especially on the smaller systems.

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11-28-2005 11:32 PM  12 years agoPost 3
bill the greek

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I don’t have experience for indoor flying but looks difficult.
What ever you doing be careful my friend.
Bill

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11-28-2005 11:34 PM  12 years agoPost 4
Brett Horton

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Let me be more specific, the guy wants me to shoot Video from the heli inside the building not just fly.

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11-28-2005 11:57 PM  12 years agoPost 5
Chris Bergen

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"We" understood, Brett!!

I have flown a Gasser inside of a hangar, (won't mention what company, D-A) with no difficulty other than the obvious noise from the gasser engine reverberating.

Also blew all the dust off of the floor into the air.....

I initially was concerned about radio waves bouncing around, giving conflicting signals, but didn't feel anything of the sort.

Give it a whirl, might be fun.

Chris D. Bergen

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11-29-2005 12:00 AM  12 years agoPost 6
crux12

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Yep thats why I was indicating that your downlink could suffer from multi-path. I'm flying my XRB around the house via small LCD screen and on a TREX it has become a small dot in the sky and still controlled remotly via that same LCD.

Flying indoors is actually easier once you get the feel for it as it is similar to a first person shooter video game.

It depends upon how larger this structure is also an XRB will get blown around in minor air currents and larger building can produce some rather large currents. If it is large enough go with a TREX.

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11-29-2005 12:02 AM  12 years agoPost 7
Chris Bergen

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That is just too cool!!

That may be just the ticket.

Chris D. Bergen

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11-29-2005 12:23 AM  12 years agoPost 8
AirFoil Aerial Systems

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Hey Brett.
In the winter we have a gym here of a closed school we lease go test and trim the gassers in. We just turn on the exhaust fans and fly. Never had a problem. Probably done it a 100 times or so.

We shot a commercial for a really big machining company. Cat in Hannibal. The problem in an all metal building wasn't the 72mhz it was the 2.4ghz. We had to run the batteries low to get a clean signal.


Hope that helps.
Hey if thats a Trex that is a bad looking little machine.


John

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11-29-2005 12:36 AM  12 years agoPost 9
GMcNair

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Brett, do be aware of settling with power. Unless there's a fair amount of air moving through the building, it will be easy to fall through your own downwash if you hold a hover for too long in one spot. And as Chris said, beware of dust...gobs of it. You'll have brown buggers at the end of the day. If they have the capability, I would ask for them to establish some positive airflow by setting up one fan blowing fresh air in, and another at the opposite end of the building blowing interior air outward. This is also good for reducing carbon monoxide buildup.

Congrats on that other 75 house deal...gotta love the big contracts! They're what keep you alive in this as a fulltime profession.

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11-29-2005 12:47 AM  12 years agoPost 10
fitenfyr

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Kill two birds...

Brett,
Get an electric for the job.
You will have less to deal with as far as the noise and CO.

I was asked to look at a straight shot down a long garage at a local car dealer.
Pretty easy shot except I did notice some pretty good down drafts from the overhead ventilation.
Something to look for.

Never did get the job the guy just kind of flaked out on me and stopped talking about the project. Didn't even get to dazzle him with the price.

Jason Stiffey
Fly Fast....Live Slow...

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11-29-2005 01:01 AM  12 years agoPost 11
rc4stroker

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copterviews,

Was that you at Ocean Lakes last week?

My Father was down there and called me to give me a detailed play by play. He had never seen that done before. I showed him the Hartness shot, we live about 15 minutes from there.
Would love to see some of the shots.

Neal Hayes
Spartanburg SC

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11-29-2005 01:35 AM  12 years agoPost 12
Brett Horton

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Yeah that was us, was that your mother I gave the magizine to also?
She said you where at Joe Nall last year.
We are shooting there again this year.
Hope to see you there, come see us.

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11-29-2005 02:02 AM  12 years agoPost 13
rc4stroker

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Yes, that was my mother. Thanks so much for talking to them, and the HF. They are still excited about watching you. They have never seen me fly my chopper, but they know how tough flying can be, not less with a camera hanging under you.
See you the week after Mother's day.

Neal Hayes

Neal Hayes
Spartanburg SC

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11-29-2005 09:09 AM  12 years agoPost 14
shootfromabove

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I fly my Ion inside the powerplant where I work sometimes when it is too cold outside. As others have mentioned the only problems I have had are dust clouds and sometimes the air currents can be tricky. Watch out for large air exchangers they can really blow you around! Don't ask how I know.
Pat

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