Flying again / GoPro camera

The short story is that the new accessory case and new oil pump gears solved the oil pressure issue and the new Aeroquip AQP hoses and fittings solved the problem of keeping the oil contained within the oil system! I was finally back in business and flying again.

To celebrate the occasion (and because I had become accustomed to spending wheelbarrows full of money on my airplane on a monthly basis) I purchased a GoPro Hero2 video camera.

PB240001.JPG The GoPro comes with a bunch of different mounting options. I purchased the motorsports edition and it came with several flat mounts and a few stick-on helmet mounts. The curvature built into the helmet mounts fit my canopy almost perfectly. The mounts have the really good 3M VHB double-sided tape so they stick very well. I was still a bit paranoid about trusting the 1″ square of double-sided tape to hold my new $300 toy, so I tethered the camera with some electrical wire. I ran the wire inside the canopy and tied it to my shoulder harness. My thought was that if the camera came loose, it would pull on my harness to alert me. I could then make the decision whether I could reel in the camera and land or if it was flopping around beating the tar out of my airplane, I could just jettison the camera and say goodbye to my new toy.

PB240006.JPG I used one of the flat mounts on the underside of my right wing near the wingtip. You can see where I used a tether system in this installation, too. I simply removed one of my wingtip screws and replaced it with a longer screw and a large washer. In this picture, the camera is facing straight down for some ground shots. I’ve also pointed the camera forward for more scenic shots.

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GOPR1279.JPG Here’s a photo taken with the camera looking straight down as shown in the previous photo. There’s a bit of waviness in the picture. I’m told this comes from a slight buzz that the stock mounting bracket allows when the camera is hanging out there in the wind. I’m probably going to try to fabricate a better mounting solution for buzz-less pictures.

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Back1.jpg Unfortunately, early in the month of December, I ran into a bit of a back problem. I had a pinched nerve in my neck that caused extreme pain, numbness and tingling down my left arm. Everyone thought I was having a heart attack, but it was just the pinched nerve. I went to a chiropractor for a couple of weeks before he gave up and suggested I consult with a neurosurgeon. The MRI showed a bulging disk causing a pinched nerve causing the left side symptoms. I went in for outpatient neck surgery on December 21st and a month later I’m pretty much good as new. The incision is still a little lumpy and there’s a bit of lingering tingling in my left index finger, but I feel great, can move my neck and I’m ready to get back to flying (at work and my little plane). My FAA medical expired at the end of December so I haven’t flown anything at all in over a month. With all the doctors in agreement and the paperwork in place, I’m scheduled to go take my FAA medical on Monday, the 30th of January. With any luck, I’ll get a flight in on Monday afternoon!

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