Guess who flew back down to McMinnville in March?
Join me for the first part of this flight, where I leave Wenatchee Pangborn Memorial Airport (KEAT) and head south over winter terrain. This flight has both nosecam and instrument cam views, as well as cockpit narration and radio chatter. I’ll release additional parts of this flight throughout the summer.
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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 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 pair of GoPro Hero 7 cameras (https://amzn.to/2Lxyzwl) and a GoPro Hero 8 camera (https://amzn.to/2PBlZ4o). One camera is connected to the helicopter’s intercom system with an NFlightCam audio cable (https://amzn.to/31syLTm). All cameras record audio, but I dialed down the helicopter sound by 10 decibels from normal volume so it wouldn’t be annoying.
– The “cockpit cam” front-facing camera was mounted with my current Instrument Cam set up, which you can learn about in this Behind-the-Scenes video: https://youtu.be/nff_QBDbPxc. It’s based upon a MyPilotPro Helicopter Mount (https://mypilotpro.com/product/helicopter-gopro-mount/?wpam_id=13) modified to get the height I need. The rear facing camera was mounted on the cockpit bubble with a MyPilotPro Spider Swivel GoPro Windshield Mount (https://www.mypilotpro.com/product/mypilotpro-spider-swivel-gopro-windshield-mount/?wpam_id=13). The “nosecam” has a proprietary mount.
– The video was edited on a iMac using Davinci Resolve 16 software. Learn more about it here: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/davinciresolve/
– The intro music is by Bob Levitus, famed “Dr. Mac.” You can find him here: http://www.boblevitus.com/
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