Tower View – Mini Scout Flight
Into the Blue, briefly.
It was lovely sunny afternoon, and I was down the South Coast with a flyer in the boot, Special Assistant M in the passenger seat, and not much wind on the anemometer.
Right, I thought, let’s do an experimental fly of the very Southern-most bit of land I can reasonably get to. And that turns out to be the official end of the A3, where we have a large circular stone seating area in front of one of those Ye Olde Sailors-style pubs. To the South, away from that my launch area, is the sea, where I will spend most of this flight out of all harms way (except to my craft, should it all go horribly wrong).
And in the distance, though closer than I have ever flown to it, is my old adversary the Spinnaker Tower, whose looks and height virtually demand that I try and film it from as close as possible whilst making the minimum amount of people cross whilst doing so. I have recc’ied this location before, when it was all but deserted. Today that was not the case.
Here’s a suitably micro-gallery…
There were perhaps 70 people out on the pub patio, around 50 m away from where I planned to launch, and a few people a bit closer than that, and SA M was deployed to keep people away from me and my launch area, and be my spotter, although I didn’t technically need one, as I wasn’t doing any FPV – this one was all eyes-on, I assure you.
I tried initially to maintain something of a low profile, but it became apparent that as soon as I launched – all eyes were on me, and eagerly watching the progress of my flight, which, for their own safety, consisted mainly of being out to sea, well out of their way. Maximum danger for me, minimum, or none for them.
I launched and landed in the safest spot furthest away from my attentive crowd, completed a single 4 minute flight, landed safely, collected their generous applause, and buggered off a bit sharpish.
The Needle Lies
Well, my anemometer said 5 mph on the ground, but at height, and unbeknownst to me beforehand, things were bit more blustery. This slightly ruined a couple of my winning shots with a bit too much shakiness for my liking, but I’d say I got something like 3 mins of footage for 4 mins airtime, so still not a bad ratio, though obviously not as good as the 1:1 of yesterday.
So – just one flight here, and then I went home (stuff to do). But I will be back. Because we’re filming at 60 FPS, I can slow alot of it down to half that, so we still get a pleasingly slow and graceful (if slightly short) flight.
Anyway – enjoy what we got – I did !