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HelicopterAerial Photography and Video › BUSINESS vs DANGER!
09-06-2009 06:52 PM  8 years agoPost 1
Helikam

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Sometimes when I go to a location for an AP work, I ask myself:
what is the real price for an AP work considering the danger I could meet flying over any location with or without people around!?
What about you?

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09-07-2009 12:05 AM  8 years agoPost 2
Helikam

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Nobody is interested in this important topic?

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09-07-2009 12:20 AM  8 years agoPost 3
ErichF

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I think most people are like me, and don't understand the question...

Erich

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09-07-2009 12:50 AM  8 years agoPost 4
Helikam

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sorry for my bad english erich, but even if I write english like tarzan speaks italian, the question is very simple!
Would you continue to do AP works if you think how dangerous an RC Helicopter can become?
Hope this "version" helps!
best regards! Francesco

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09-07-2009 01:24 AM  8 years agoPost 5
Griffo

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Short answer, no.

A photo is not worth someone's life.

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09-07-2009 01:56 AM  8 years agoPost 6
DGES

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I think most people are like me, and don't understand the question...

Erich
lol

An interesting topic, especially since I'm just starting to get into AP.
I hope more share their thoughts.

Jason

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09-07-2009 02:18 AM  8 years agoPost 7
borneobear

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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I know a guy who does AP with both his planes and helis. He has total disregard of public safety.
Flying low over busy highways, on top of people, flying his heli chasing after kids to get the "AP" perspective, flying too near, flying too high, flying low over houses and clubs without approval, power lines are nothing to him, etc ....

My stomach just turns everytime I see his videos.

I've tried advising him, but he just brushes me off as being 'too careful'.

Some people will just have to live and learn.

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09-07-2009 04:00 AM  8 years agoPost 8
SeismicCWave

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It is a touchy subject to say the least. As an operator you have to balance the safety issues to business at hand. RC is a dangerous undertaking. That is the reason why we fly our RC planes and helicopters in a field away from people. When we put RC vehicles within close proximity to human beings then we are being irresponsible. The RC vehicle is only as good as our RF link. It is prone to mechanical failure, operator failure, electronic failure to name just a few. So if it is not safe don't do it. There are other ways to get an aerial shot that is safer. It may not be cheaper but definitely safer.

That said, there is a difference between being safe and being paranoid.

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09-07-2009 06:07 AM  8 years agoPost 9
Rappy 60

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You do a risk assessment, categorize each risk with a number from 1 to 5, 5 being hazardous. Then you look at the overall risk and decisions that have to be made.

Dale

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09-07-2009 01:13 PM  8 years agoPost 10
Envision

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MI

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There is more than one way to get the shot, as mentioned previously on RR. A photographer should have many tools in his bag of tricks and choose which would work best. Available is RC Helicopter, plane, mast (telescoping pole), balloon, blimp and kite, don't forget about full scale helicopters and planes.

Troy

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09-07-2009 01:52 PM  8 years agoPost 11
BigguyOz

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It is simple really.. if you assess it to be too dangerous, then doing it despite this is totally wrong. The money can never be enough to overlook safety.

Tony Stott

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09-07-2009 09:19 PM  8 years agoPost 12
Jakub

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I think alot of people(spectators) don't realize that these heli's can do alot of damage.
Also I'm sure alot of you on here had a few jobs that you had to resign from due to safety issues or risk vs reward.

Regards,

Jakub

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