For this years film we want to get some aerial shots. In the past there’s been no cheap, or relatively cheap, method to do so. Recently that’s change with the introduction of the DJI Phantom; a simple to fly, yet very advanced platform for getting a GoPro airborne. And for us the price break was right. This rig runs in the hundreds rather then the thousands.
Ken will be the primary pilot and he’s been logging many test flights. Last thing we want to do is ‘float test’ the Phantom in Cook Inlet. However, I did need to get it in my hands to find the optimum altitude for filming and such. I ran next door to the old Fort Steilacoom barns and flew it around the structures. Even with my limited time on the yoke it captured some useable footage.
There is a slight ‘wobble’ to the footage but once we add the performance blades and camera damper housing I feel sure that will be reduce significantly. Here’s a short of the days test flight.