andspran From United States of America, joined Feb 2013, 56 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5994 times:
Hello, I am curious as to how many of us photographers might also be pilots....and what do you fly?
I am a glider pilot. I fly a Brazov IS-29D2 Lark. For non-flyers, that's a sailplane with a 15m (50ft) wingspan and a glide ratio of 37:1
andspran From United States of America, joined Feb 2013, 56 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 5887 times:
Quoting Wilco737 (Reply 1): There are a few out there. I usually have my camera with me on my trips and currently I am flying B744/ B748.
I don't take a camera with me in the cockpit. There is almost no room for a camera, and you can't get good shots out through the plexiglass canopy. However, I do have several attachment points on the wings and I mount a GoPro from time to time. The problem with GoPro cameras is that they are extremely wide angle. Really, made more for shooting video of close-in speed sports, like skiing, surfing, biking, etc. But they are small, rugged, and can be programmed for different shooting modes.
N243NW From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1657 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 5784 times:
I'm a small airplane pilot and sometimes bring my camera with me. It's usually my G9, though - too much of a hassle lugging the SLR around. I don't really take any photos from the airplane with the intention of uploading them to A.net. Most airplanes I fly have a bubble canopy or curved windows that aren't of sufficient quality to shoot through.
Hopefully in the next month or two I will be well on my way to becoming a CFII. Just waiting for the tax refund to come in...
GuitrThree From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2065 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 5780 times:
Private Pilot/C152-172 rentals. But out of medical because I have to get vision corrected. Glasses will do it but hoping other options are out there besides contacts. I've always had better than 20/20 vision. I know nothing about corrections because I've never need them.
My vision was so good, I could sit in a bar and look out the window and bet my friends that I could read the read license plates from across the street, while drinking! Never ever lost a bet.
Still today, I have 20/20 far, but near is bad. iPhone set to larger type font. And I'm having problems with this. I know, it's a simple as getting glasses but for some reason, I'm not happy about it at all. Last year I met up with my best friend from high school over the holidays (I moved away) and he had TRI-focals. Yes, TRI-focals. And that's what I need. How in the heck do you go from better than 20/20 to TRI-focals in a year. Seriously, I have.
Going next month for appointment then going from there. I like others, might take pictures but the glass in most small planes really hinder the quality needed to post here.
soon7x7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 5769 times:
Interesting post...one I have often wondered about...Personally I found I can either photograph for $$$ or only fly a plane but not both 'cept for aerial photography. I have all the Go-Pro goodies, (actually for "near space balloon project") tried them but love flying when I fly, could care less about the cameras at that time but... when I am being commissioned to shoot an aircraft...my mind is not on flying. It is focused on the photography. Certificated in bug smashers, PA-28's PA-32, C-172, C-152, SGS2-33, SGS-232, Grob II-Acro, Blanik l-23. 5,000 hours in glider and 1300 in power. 40,000 behind a Nikon/Hasselblad.
I did all of my flight training, and soloed in a Blanik L-13. I loved flying that glider. I think it's a crock of BS that they got grounded on the wing AD. L-13's made up about a third of the glider training fleet in the US and the FAA still has not approved a fix for the wings. Red Bull is flying theirs again in Europe, but nothing in the US can fly. I always wanted to take the door off of the tow plane and follow the Blanik around after release and get some nice air to air shots. I guess that idea can go in the can now.
I read the AD concerned the aft attach point of the horizontal stab, yet word of mouth tells me it is relevant to the main wings. We had to re-rivet the wing splice on the srtbd wing with oversize rivets. The problem I feel is the wing tips have no way of absorbing loads when students bury the wing into the ground when stopping or sloppy take-offs. The load is transferred midway up to the splice...that was our issue any way. Yes, it is a fun aircraft and well made but you can't beat on it like a Schweizer, however ugly they may be.
andspran From United States of America, joined Feb 2013, 56 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 7 months 5 days ago) and read 5591 times:
Quoting soon7x7 (Reply 11): but you can't beat on it like a Schweizer, however ugly they may be.
Yep, it is hard to beat a 2-33 for a trainer. Our glider club has a Schweizer 2-33 and a 1-36. We just had the 2-33 repainted and fixed up the interior a little bit. It was getting a little rough. The problem with the 2-33's is that everyone sees the many photos out there of these beautiful, sleek, white, composit high performance gliders, and then they come to get a ride, or take lessons and......well....there's the 2-33 sitting there. It's a tub. I don't think you could have a better trainer, but the real draw-back today is that once they're done with primary training, somehow, they need to transition to a modern high performance glider. How do you do that? Usually they have to go somewhere else where someone has a Grob 103, or similar two place glider, and get some more stick time. We had a guy at our club who bought an ASW20. He went from a 2-33, to an ASW 20. The transition was quite challenging. He did a couple of flights in a Grob 103 and then climbed in his ASW. The first few times we thought he was going to crash it. High performance, plus, CG tow hook instead of nose hook. Were as.....I learned and flew the Blanik L-13, had lots of time in it, and transitioned to a Pegasus. It was much easier for me. I wish the Blanik L-13 were still flying. I especially liked having a two seat glider to take friends rides in. The Schweizer 2-33 just isn't as much fun for rides.
BO__einG From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2771 posts, RR: 17
Reply 14, posted (2 years 7 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 5494 times:
Airline pilots who upload photos like Wilco have some of the best pictures I have ever seen.
The viewpoint and perspective is basically out of this world. (almost )
You guys keep it up!
I love the oncoming traffic shots, dramatic dusk and dawn shots and St.Elmos Fire just outside of the cockpit.
Some folks even carry GoPro head gear which offers another dimension of flight which is awesome as well. To think these were only for daredevils and extreme sports athletes. Even fighter pilots wear these!
Sadly I only fly a measly single engine so my photos are not nearly as good.
Follow @kimbo_snaps on Instagram or bokimon- on Flickr to see more pics of me and my travels.