Because most people I know don't have any idea of what flying is all about esp in the Extreme STOL arena such as the 701. I decieded to install a video camera.  I purchased a Drift Stealth 170HD and have been playing around trying to establish the "perfect" position to video the plane's performance. The first position I am gojng to try is from the cockpit mounted on the cross structure just behind, above and to the right of the pilot.  This shoud give a good shot of the instrument panel and the view out the front, Will publish what I get on this site if any good. 

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Comment by Thomas Jackson on January 17, 2012 at 6:39pm

Phil, The Drift Stealth 170HD is a great camera. I mounted mine using one of the helmet mount for a base,to the right aileron/flap rod cover so that it looks over my right shoulder. This mounts the camera upside down, but with the ability to rotate the lens things can be put in the correct orientation. I had a funny experience, when I mounted the camera upside down the viewing screen was right side up (I found it can turn itself to be right side up)  so for some reason I turned the lens so the lens, with the little index marker on it was at the bottom, not good, I now have marked the index marker with white paint so that I know it must always be at the top or vertical position. I have another mount, for a round tube, mounted on the right front cabin support and again following the white index mark in the up position. The videos have come out exceptionally well. At this point I have only done extensive taxi runs for about 2 hours since I have been waiting for the FAA to make their  final inspection.

Comment by Jim B Belcher on January 15, 2012 at 12:18pm

I plan to do something similar prior to flight test. I'd like to be able to see what the instruments were showing, after the flight. It might give hints about anything that goes wrong.

Obviously, I initially plan to locate the camera in the cockpit, aft of the pilot. Longer term, I may want to locate one in a position with a less obstructed view.

Comment by Tim Garrett on January 14, 2012 at 12:55pm
No "perfect" position. Experiment with multiple positions then the art is in the editing. Good luck and post here!
Comment by Zenith.Aero on January 13, 2012 at 11:54am

We look forward to your videos!

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