SIT ON THE NOSE OF MY HELICOPTER as I take a flight in the Wenatchee area to show off the autumn colors. This is the “nosecam” version of my Autumn at Mission Ridge & Wenatchee flight, so don’t be surprised if I refer to things inside the cockpit that you can’t see in this video. If you want to know what I’m talking about, watch the other version of the video, which puts your head in the cockpit between the two front seats for the entire flight. You can find it here: https://youtu.be/4aktQnGbC68
Here are some notes about this video:
9:50 – Hear the difference in the sound of the helicopter? I’ve reduced power and slowed down and what you’re hearing is called “blade slap.” It goes away when I pick up speed beyond around 80 knots as I start my descend.
12:40 – I’m descending at 1700 feet per minute here (which you can see in the POV video). That’s about the same as an autorotation.
14:30 – The top end of Pitcher Canyon is on my right.
15:08 – Sorry about the throat clearing sound. I thought I edited them all out.
19:30 – There is no control tower at Wenatchee. Pilots use the Common Traffic Advisory Frequency (CTAF) to report location and intentions in flight. This is NOT required but is highly advisable. (Technically, a radio is not required at all for Part 91 operations at Wenatchee.)
20:15 – Yes, I can make what’s called a “quick stop” or turn very sharply away from the runway to avoid traffic there. I always look both ways and make a call before crossing the runway. If a plane is landing or taking off, I’ll usually alter my course to pass behind it.
About Me and the Helicopter
– I have been flying for about 20 years. My nearly 4,000 hours of flight time is in Robinson R44, Robinson R22, and Bell 206L (Long Ranger) helicopters.
– The helicopter is a 2005 Robinson R44 Raven II — the same one that appears in the photo at the beginning of the video. You can learn more about them here: https://robinsonheli.com/r44-specifications/ I own this helicopter. It is the third helicopter I’ve owned since 2000.
– My helicopter has ADS-B Out and is picked up by radar facilities. You can see my track for recent flights on Flightradar24: https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/n7534D This is a great site for tracking any almost any flight, including the airlines.
About the Video
– The video was recorded with a GoPro Hero 7 camera (https://amzn.to/2Lxyzwl) mounted on the nose of the helicopter. Audio, which includes wind, engine, and rotor noise, comes from the camera’s built-in speaker and has been incorporated into this video at 25% normal volume.
– Narration was done using a Røde Podcaster microphone (https://amzn.to/2IFnbNr) connected to a Macintosh. I recorded the narration while I was watching the video in the editing software because the in-flight audio feed did not work.
– The video was edited on a Macintosh using Screenflow software. Learn more about it here: https://www.telestream.net/screenflow/overview.htm
– The intro music is by Bob Levitus, famed “Dr. Mac.” You can find him here: http://www.boblevitus.com/
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