My 2018 season

aftCG

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Tacoma, WA
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I beat up the pattern the other day in the evening. One of those times where it makes you smile to have the only key to the hangar.

Anyway, I wanted to try out my two new Flight Flix (I previously said Nflightcam, who also makes nice gear) GoPro mounts. I had to get a skeleton case so I could plug the audio into my intercom.

My goal was to land on the numbers every time.

 
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aftCG

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Tacoma, WA
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I thought I should show my mounts in case anyone is interested in filming their own flights.
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These are the Flight Flix mounts, with the Vibe-X isolators. The Vibe-X reduces shake and the "jelly" effect that occurs when the frequency of vibration is near a multiple of the 30 fps frame rate.
I could (have/will continue) to make my own hard mounts but these are handy and very well made (overkill actually). The expensive part is the Vibe-X piece, and my attempts to knock off my own version were not as good.
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Before clamping anything to fuselage tubes I wrap the steel with silicone "rescue tape". This location only gets an "okay" from me. It's definitely useful footage of cockpit activity but doesn't give a good view outside or of instrumentation. If you put anything inside the plane make sure to assess it for how it might impact humans in an unintentional landing.
The chord you see is my Nflightcam cable for recording audio from the intercom. You can also see the prop filter on this housing which eliminates the strobe effect of the propeller blades. The down side is a slightly less crisp image
 

Bartman

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That "prop filter" is probably a light blocking filter which slows down the exposure rate of the GoPro so the prop blades won't be caught in individual frames. The prop blades are still there but as a blur through most frames so you are sacrificing image quality to have the blades blurred out.

or maybe you already knew that. :unsure::unsure::unsure:
 

aftCG

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Tacoma, WA
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That "prop filter" is probably a light blocking filter which slows down the exposure rate of the GoPro so the prop blades won't be caught in individual frames. The prop blades are still there but as a blur through most frames so you are sacrificing image quality to have the blades blurred out.

or maybe you already knew that. :unsure::unsure::unsure:
I've read the description of how it works but it was all a dog whistle. "Blah, blah and then a miracle occurs"

I waisted much of Father's day trying to figure out why the tower couldn't get my transmissions. I thought for sure my Narco mk 12d had died (it's what they do best apparently). I checked all the coax connectors from the antenna to the box, and pulled the plate with the headphone jacks looking for a bad wire. I cleaned and scrapped a few grounds and cleaned the voice out jack with a wire bore brush.

Crystal clear now. After all that I got a short flight with my middle son

 

Bartman

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I've read the description of how it works but it was all a dog whistle. "Blah, blah and then a miracle occurs"

I waisted much of Father's day trying to figure out why the tower couldn't get my transmissions. I thought for sure my Narco mk 12d had died (it's what they do best apparently). I checked all the coax connectors from the antenna to the box, and pulled the plate with the headphone jacks looking for a bad wire. I cleaned and scrapped a few grounds and cleaned the voice out jack with a wire bore brush.

Crystal clear now. After all that I got a short flight with my middle son


Love the photos/video, keep 'em coming! We'll leave it as a miracle, that way we all get a little of it. :)
 

aftCG

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Tacoma, WA
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I went to an annual fly in event at Curtis, WA today. They stress that it's a one way strip - land to the north and takeoff south. They serve up burgers and dogs, have a live band and some conversations about airplanes.
I took more video which will follow.
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Going to another fly-in tomorrow. I've heard they have a spot landing contest.
 

aftCG

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Tacoma, WA
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A few non-Citabria images and videos from this season.

This one was from Warbirds Over the West in Salem Oregon last month
The video is my flight from KOLM (Olympia, WA) and back. I was able to see the SDB Dauntless fly (never seen one in real life before) and a very nice P-40 (don't see one of those every day either). The 1946 Swift was my favorite GA plane by a ways, and yes that PT-22 is flawless.

This next one was weekend before last at Skagit Bayview. There was an Aviation Day at this airport just after the 4th of July and I was warmly welcomed by Heritiage Flight Museum for having brought the BT-13, and invited back to the recent event.

What follows is just some scrounged phone footage because it's all I could put together at the end of the day. The Douglas Skyraider dwarfs the BT-13, which is quite large compared to a Citabria. My youngest son made this trip with me after I raved about watching the Skyraider fly. To say it is impressive is a massive understatement. Anyway, immediately after the Skyraider shut down we fired up the BT and Greg Anders followed us out in a T-6. We did two laps of the pattern with a proper FOD check both times and Greg was close enough you could have seen if he had stuff in his teeth. Sadly, the gopro I gave my kid and said "push this button, film anything interesting" - and boy was there plenty to film - didn't have an SD card.


I'm planning on Hood River, OR on September 8-9, and I have been invited back to HFM on Sep 15 for a Red Tail Hawks (Tuskegee Airmen scholarship fund). I'm planning on having less camera malfunctions for those events.

After that we'll put the BT to bed for the winter and I'll have to rough it with my Citabria until spring.

I did go up in the pattern yesterday when it was pretty lousy flying conditions, just because I had the time and was in my hangar. Had some windshear and got tossed around pretty good. Called it quit after 6 t/g in 0.7 on the Hobbs. Two lousy 3 pointers, two wheel landings and two not too bad 3 pointers to close it out.