|May 08, 2012, 12:18 AM|
I installed navigation lighting on several of my planes. Wingtip strobes, red and green directional markers, red tail ACL beacon and landing lights. The lighting system I chose is not really high end but the lights are very effective. I am enjoying being able to fly 30-40 minutes before dawn and 30-40 minutes after dusk.
Also, here in the Pacific NW where it can be quite gray, I can see the lights and it helps with keeping orientation on those colorless days. I was surprised about this and how much it helps.
Tomorrow morning I am going to try to get video from a hat cam as well as the on-board keychain cam. However, I have been struggling with vibration issues on the keychain cam which sometimes makes the video quite bad. The image kind of looks like moving jello. Tomorrow I will try some damping foam.
What is really funny is people passing by will sometimes stop and just look perplexed because the plane is low to the ground but somehow they realize it isn't quite in scale with a full size plane. It is funny to see people trying to work out in their head what they are seeing. This morning a guy came out of an apartment nearby in his P.J.'s and just stared at the plane for a few minutes. The Cessna 172 I am flying is 53" (not that big) but it looks especially real at night and during twilight. It makes virtually no noise so I know I am not disturbing the locals. One of the advantages of silent flight.....
Flying these hours is also nice because there aren't a lot of folks around and I still get to work early. I fly at an AMA field for the flexibility to fly larger stuff but my Tritle C-172 is quite a nice park flyer at only 35 ounces.
|May 10, 2012, 01:38 PM|
Had not thought of bowling.
I can't post a video because I messed up my C-172 trying a new camera mount. It had a bigger aerodynamic effect than I thought and caused me to crash. It is fixable though. Oh well, when you experiment sometimes there are failures.
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