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01-14-2009 07:29 AM  9 years agoPost 1
GauchoVolador

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We have done other jobs like these but now we've got some backstage video coverage showing how its like working in this particular environment.

Watch at YouTube

..its good idea hitting "watch in high quality"

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01-14-2009 07:48 AM  9 years agoPost 2
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cool.

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01-14-2009 08:05 AM  9 years agoPost 3
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Very impressive. Great flying skills !

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01-14-2009 08:56 AM  9 years agoPost 4
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Very nice! Did you have any issues with heat stress on the heli?

Would love to see the inflight footage.

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01-14-2009 10:07 AM  9 years agoPost 5
sean911sc

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I'm sure they have temp sensors to monitor.

William S Harris

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01-14-2009 12:11 PM  9 years agoPost 6
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Awesome job Victor! Thanks for sharing.

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01-14-2009 01:31 PM  9 years agoPost 7
iflybyu77

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Hot! Just don't run Futaba FASST receivers in that environment! Perhaps XPS will work for you.

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01-14-2009 02:19 PM  9 years agoPost 8
splat inc

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Nice windy day as well

Do you fly the copter or the video? That is, do you watch the copter directly or watch the monitor? Both?

Continued good luck,
George

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01-14-2009 02:22 PM  9 years agoPost 9
500Driver

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very 'cool'!

i'm extremely impressed how you maintain your depth perception with the heli and tower...and manage the wind.

amazing flying skill.

When in doubt...auto out

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01-14-2009 02:51 PM  9 years agoPost 10
puneetp

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Victor , awesome job. I am sure this must be very strenuous flights.

Amazing work as always.

Thanks for sharing,
Puneet

Machine over Gravity

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01-14-2009 03:24 PM  9 years agoPost 11
iflybyu77

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i'm extremely impressed how you maintain your depth perception with the heli and tower...and manage the wind.
I noticed that on those shots he stayed just to the left or right of the tower just enough so that he'd always have a visual separation all the way through the climb out. This is a little trick you can do to keep your depth perception. You never would want to fly it straight up a tower like that with it directly in front of the tower - not only would you have no sense of depth perception but you also would have a harder time making out the machine from the tower itself. He also kept the machine oblique to himself so he had a better cross section of the heli to keep his eyes on.

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01-14-2009 03:31 PM  9 years agoPost 12
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Nice one.

Showed a few lads I work with; production supervisors and roughnecks, we were all impressed. I hope you get a few more like this, it's good to see options for inspection that keep full size craft & crew out of harms way.

Well done!!

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01-14-2009 05:11 PM  9 years agoPost 13
GauchoVolador

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Thanks everyone for the nice devolution!
Griffo
Very nice! Did you have any issues with heat stress on the heli?
Would love to see the inflight footage.
To avoid heat accumulation flyovers last only few seconds, as soon as we fly past above the tip we abort and descent, repeating the same procedure over and over until we get all the views. Unfortunately we have signed a non-disclosure agreement so we cant show anything you would see lot of pipes, vapor and fire! unfriendly place for humans.
iflybyu77
Hot! Just don't run Futaba FASST receivers in that environment! Perhaps XPS will work for you.
Still using the old and trusty 72Mhz band!
Do you fly the copter or the video? That is, do you watch the copter directly or watch the monitor? Both?
I dont think flying RPV so close to these type of structures with such turbulent conditions is a good idea. We operate two people: Coptercam Pilot and Camera Operator separately.

iflybyu77
I noticed that on those shots he stayed just to the left or right of the tower just enough so that he'd always have a visual separation all the way through the climb out. This is a little trick you can do to keep your depth perception. You never would want to fly it straight up a tower like that with it directly in front of the tower - not only would you have no sense of depth perception but you also would have a harder time making out the machine from the tower itself. He also kept the machine oblique to himself so he had a better cross section of the heli to keep his eyes on.
This is exactly what we do.
The size of the Coptercam3 and the shape of the CF30 mount helps a lot also
papatango
..it's good to see options for inspection that keep full size craft & crew out of harms way.
Yes, no other way to inspect the flare tip while refinery is in production, full size & crew can only do it while "full off", this only takes place every two years or so. Another example of AP/AV application.

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01-14-2009 06:05 PM  9 years agoPost 14
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This is perhaps the best application of AP Helis. Filming for TV is great, but when you get the chance to provide a safer, cost effective solution to a difficult challenge, in a terribly unsafe environment, the rewards are shared from all sides.

When shooting from a full size craft, an s-92 in my case, your flight times are limited to reduce risk, you can't get within a hundred feet of the Flare tip, and the camera's IS can barely keep an image stable, even with a kenyon on it:

I sent the link of your vid off to our helicopter contractor, they were impressed, and agreed that though it seems like AP could steal some business, the lower risk to the valuable s-92, and the production facility,far outweighs any financial compensation.....

Perhaps the one time when you could actually charge more!!

Great Job CF!!

Edit.... S92, not S96....lol

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01-14-2009 08:12 PM  9 years agoPost 15
tabbytabb

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Nice work Victor

You stud

Heli looks to be flying beautifully!

Tabb

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01-14-2009 08:24 PM  9 years agoPost 16
RaptorMan23

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Outstanding work, wish we had an onboard video.... hint hint

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01-14-2009 11:29 PM  9 years agoPost 17
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yes it's a video from a video...from a model helicotper...
nice flying though
let us see the real footage if you shot anything not confidential

papatango, those photos of yours are great; I bet you had a biiig camera up there

nb: yes i know, s96 does not exist...

VT "slow&low"

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01-15-2009 12:30 AM  9 years agoPost 18
papatango

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nothing fancy comet, 5d, 80-200; but at 200+ feet out it's useless. I'd rather have Gaucho's bird 10 feet away on a 50mm

LMAO.... "S92". Sorry about that fellas. That flare is on the SeaRose FPSO, the helicopter company is Cougar Helicopters out of St Johns.

Here's the stack from the bridge.

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01-15-2009 01:30 AM  9 years agoPost 19
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Nice proximity flying at altitude. Not the easiest thing in the world to do, let alone next to a fireball.

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01-15-2009 06:08 AM  9 years agoPost 20
mwp

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Good to see your still doing the flare stack work Victor.

Nice surprise to see a video of the job. Those non-disclosure agreements do prevent a lot of interesting photo sharing.

Our last flare job was back in early November here in Sarnia Ontario.

Keep up the great work.

Mark

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