As a pilot, you have the ability to see the world from an entirely different perspective. Recording your flight with an action video camera is not only a great way to share your aviation experiences with friends and family, it can also be a helpful asset to help you review your flights and improve your flying skills. Here are some tips for mastering the art of in-flight video.
Mounting the camera
Whether you use a GoPro or another type of action camera, there are many ways to mount the camera in your aircraft. Most action cameras come with suction cups or plastic attachments so you can adhere the camera to the interior of the plane and capture your view from various angles. Avoid attaching the camera to control surfaces or other areas where it might block your view or distract you from operating the aircraft. In addition, it’s ill-advised to use temporary sticky mounts or suction cups to mount a camera to the exterior of your aircraft, as the camera may detach during flight and cause a dangerous accident. If you choose to install a more permanent external mount that’s secured with bolts or screws, you’ll need to seek approval by the FAA, and an entry in your logbook is required.
Use an app to control the camera
Some camera models come with a free app that allows you to record or snap photos using a phone or tablet. This way, you can start recording once you’re flying over a scenic view and avoid the hassle of sorting through hours of unwanted footage later. By using an app, you also won’t need to worry about reaching to press a small button on the camera mid-flight or becoming distracted while operating the camera. Better yet, enlist the help of a passenger to manage the videography to ensure you stay focused on the controls throughout the entire flight.
Using your footage
After you’ve acquired sufficient footage, you can use your videos for a variety of purposes. Many pilots use their flight footage to review and sharpen their flying skills. For student pilots or pilots earning a new rating, playing back recorded lessons can be particularly helpful. Most action cameras also come with free video editing software, which you can use to piece together clips of your favorite flights into a highlight video to share with friends and family.
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