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02-08-2006 11:58 PM  12 years agoPost 1
DANNO

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ive got a potential client that wants balcony shots from a 475ft tall building. ive never been this high i dont think, so i had to test the quipement today. took the copter to 475 ft and snapped this...dang was that high! made me more nervous than flying over water, or in tight spots....wouldnt even try this without stabilization i dont think....

http://skypixhelicam.com/home3/Untitled_23.html

www.skypiximaging.com

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02-09-2006 12:08 AM  12 years agoPost 2
lele

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Danno
did you put the canopy on this time?
Lele

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02-09-2006 12:11 AM  12 years agoPost 3
jeffscholl

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How many feet (average) are in one story?

Cheers,
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02-09-2006 12:19 AM  12 years agoPost 4
superflyer

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about 10 per story

Floyd<Raptor 30<401<8ch futaba

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02-09-2006 12:26 AM  12 years agoPost 5
clay454

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how did you know your alltitude?

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02-09-2006 12:57 AM  12 years agoPost 6
bill the greek

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Danno,
i have the same problem with one client last summer and solved the problem very simple.
I put under the heli skids 1m of carbon tube of both sides and the end have a balls with diferent colours.yellow and red
this is for level of horizon.another trip to shoot at this level is to change the angle of view of your flying field.
When i was in hover at high altitude in front of me about 100 meters is better to go higher. when the heli is closed to me i cant. With this simple trick i shoot this job at 800f.
in this picture you can see my car and me incide the "A" of logo aeroview

http://www.aeroview.gr/images/Alexandra2.html

at this picture the heli is 800f apx.from me

http://www.aeroview.gr/images/Alexandra.html

this isn't high altitude but when i was test this system i make hover at 920 ft. and without stabilizer system. When i was try with co-pilot (fs8) the results isnt good because the heli is drifing.
both photos is upper the water

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02-09-2006 01:07 AM  12 years agoPost 7
bill the greek

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Oh, i forget it
when landing and see the photos supriced when i saw in pictures (2nd) there is road here!!! before take off ask them if its possible to go to other side for shooting and client say: NOway to go here because the house you see in the pic is private for a famous person!!
I'm Paparazzi now!!!

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02-09-2006 01:54 AM  12 years agoPost 8
fitenfyr

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What stabilization are you using?

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02-09-2006 02:04 AM  12 years agoPost 9
DANNO

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for stabilization im using the ap2000i. for altitude im using the skyspy tl100 video overlay....i had to do alot of fiddling with that sucker to get it working right...but i think its fairly accurate now...

www.skypiximaging.com

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02-09-2006 03:09 AM  12 years agoPost 10
clay454

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Where can I find info on the sky spy? I want to see what the overlay looks like. Is there an overlay that also displays the attitude of the craft?

clay

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02-09-2006 03:24 AM  12 years agoPost 11
DANNO

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clay

check them out here: http://www.sky-spy.bigstep.com/homepage.html

not exactly cheap, but we got ours to work well with some "adjustments"....

only displays altitude, airspeed, and a few other things....we only use it for altitude though...

www.skypiximaging.com

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02-09-2006 03:37 AM  12 years agoPost 12
electro212

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try this a whole lot less money

http://www.kapelec.com/

go to alti-osd

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02-09-2006 03:57 AM  12 years agoPost 13
Brett Horton

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made me more nervous than flying over water, or in tight spots
This is why I started the "fear" thread...
Being very high and loosing control!
I agree with you DANNO it makes me the most nervous of all the flying I do. (high up)

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02-09-2006 07:37 AM  12 years agoPost 14
Panomaniac

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Danno, just courious, are you short with the flight time with high altitude shoots? I mean, how much time does it takes to climb to 475ft, take shoots that you need and get down with joker?

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02-09-2006 08:34 AM  12 years agoPost 15
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It depends on your exact setup and how much weight you are carrying, but a Maxi Joker can lift a typical still camera setup at about a 2.5 meter/second (~8 feet/second) rate without much problem.

Getting to 475 feet takes about a minute and so does coming down. Of course you could go a little slower or even faster if you had a need, but the travel time won't be a large percentage of your total flight time.

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02-09-2006 10:29 AM  12 years agoPost 16
Torsten

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hmm, not really that high.

i guess it comes down to what your used to.

200 meters, or 650 ft was my max with a logo 20. no added helpers. measured with a garmin geco with barometric altimeter.

i´ll look for a pic........ ahaaa there it is !

so with a big ship like your 1.8 meter gasser you should be able to fly over 800 ft.

still its a lot diffrent flying for fun at the local airfield than downtown in photoposition and probably with a customer breathing down your neck.

your are a lucky man that your building codes allow such highrises and you have good weather year round.

nothing down that line here were i work.

lots of farms though, and rain.

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02-09-2006 01:06 PM  12 years agoPost 17
DANNO

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yea, it only took about a min or less to get that high. seemed like it took longer getting down!

the location that i was flying at during this shot was not the site of the job...its one of my "testing grounds" for flying. i wanted to make sure i could fly that high and still clearly see the downlink with altimeter info....

yea, torsten, im pretty lucky to live down in florida ...im not a fan of condos, but they are going up right and left and have the money to spend on advertising

www.skypiximaging.com

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02-09-2006 01:35 PM  12 years agoPost 18
Torsten

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next time I´m in Cocoa Beach visiting some family and friend´s I´ll look you up and we´ll have a beer together.

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02-09-2006 01:43 PM  12 years agoPost 19
DANNO

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sounds great, T....

Dan

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02-09-2006 01:52 PM  12 years agoPost 20
Torsten

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hey Dan,

that take off spot is down by Eagle Lake, next to the tennis courts !

you know right behind the school and south of the mall.

t

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