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03-31-2009 01:14 AM  9 years agoPost 1
wjw

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Just for fun, how many of you would find this area too tight for take off and landing? At best there is about an 8' opening which required a bit of manuvering to get through.
I did make it through but doubt I would do it again as landing was much more difficult than taking off. Good depth perception is key.
I had to photograph a house across the way and this was the only open area which granted access to the exposure I needed.

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03-31-2009 01:27 AM  9 years agoPost 2
oakley

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You can still see the sky thats a cake walk.
Not only that,if it does go down,its in the trees.

I know your not flying for money.....or are you?

Admit nothing, deny everything and make counteraccusations

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03-31-2009 01:30 AM  9 years agoPost 3
efliernz

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I'd do it with a borrowed heli

Definitely on the tight side!!! OK in no-wind conditions though.

I flew off the middle of a street a couple of weeks ago, powerlines above/behind me with light tree cover from both sides. As long as I could remain in view through the canopy, all was good. Not comfortable at all... and I had to wait for a bus to pass beneath me before I could decend back through to land on the street.

Two observers watching traffic plus the camera operator. Not again - but the house had been on the market for ages "on the edge of the riverwalk" (but you couldn't see the river from the actual property) sold in 10 days after the shoot

and yes, I am allowed to fly for money without a CPL in my country...

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03-31-2009 01:46 AM  9 years agoPost 4
borneobear

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No I wouldn't do it.

Tried it in an oil palm estate (like a coconut plantation, but shorter ) with 10 feet both sides. The take off was hairy, but the landing was worst due to a sudden gust of wind that came tunneling between the trees. Nearly lost it to palm fronds. Never again!

If you look hard enough, there is always a cleared area somewhere in the bush...

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03-31-2009 01:53 AM  9 years agoPost 5
trackhead

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I'd launch my 600 there and fly it through that canopy corridor and land it in your trunk, nose in, while sipping a cocktail.

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03-31-2009 02:29 AM  9 years agoPost 6
jhamlinjr

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Holy Crikees thats some funny ****!

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03-31-2009 02:44 AM  9 years agoPost 7
wjw

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Track, you da man
I'd fly your 600 through that brush also

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03-31-2009 03:15 AM  9 years agoPost 8
Louisiana Helicam

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I do these sorts of jobs all the time. You don't always have a good spot to take off. That's an easy takeoff spot in my book. The only problem I see with it is visibility once you're off the ground. You can't really see far out unless you go straight out in front of you.

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03-31-2009 08:21 AM  9 years agoPost 9
Hogster

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If it was just a question of popping up out of those bushes then no problem Wind would make it interesting though ....

Cheers

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03-31-2009 09:37 AM  9 years agoPost 10
Saint728

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Have you ever heard of pruning those plants back a bit on both sides? It looks like plenty of space if you did that.

Take Care,
Cheers, Patrick

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03-31-2009 09:37 AM  9 years agoPost 11
IKA photo

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Like Hog said, taking off is no problem.
Landing?
Nose mount, go for it!
Underslung, I'll pass.

Also, I would not want to pilot from there either. You'd have to keep the bird pretty high, or right above you depending on where your subject is, to maintain visibility.

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04-01-2009 04:31 PM  9 years agoPost 12
tlankford01

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Would have to agree that that is a little more congested that I would prefer. That being said we have to weave in and out of high lines and trees pretty often. Also it is not uncharacteristic to have to deal with gusts over 30 mph here in the Texas panhandle so I feel your pain. It is not unmanageable though.

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04-01-2009 08:22 PM  9 years agoPost 13
wjw

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It has been very windy all winter long, it does not show in the photo but that day I took that shot it was easily blowing 25 knots. There were other shots I did that day that were more open, but where gusts would take the heli down wind and I would have to fight to get it back.
It was not a day where I was willing to risk one of the expensive rigs. That cheap rappy gets me through on days like this.

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