|Quoting GST (Reply 33):|
Why on earth do you get an 8000 launch? Any chance you could flash me a picture of your camera boom rig?
Why an 8000 foot launch? Well I wanted to get above the convective layer and above the tops of the Cu's so I had clear air for the photography. As you know, except for limited circumstances (Thermal or Mountain Wave) you're not able to climb higher than the convective layer. So a high tow was the answer.
Here's a couple of frames taken by others at my club of me flying with the boom attached.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Do Not Try This unless you really know what you are doing. It took several months to design and construct the boom because it must mount on the fiberglass wing and NOT leave any holes or marks. Also, it MUST be aerodynamic and airworthy. Safety comes FIRST and ALWAYS!!!