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  1. Most of the time I will be sitting in the front aircraft, where the gear is mounted. The DSLR would be sitting under the wing, so the range issue would be no problem. However sometimes I would be in the aircraft being photographed, and probably not more than 100m away, so 1000ft was a little ambitious. Some of the aircraft will be metal skinned, but the canopy is just glass. Many of today's jets are composite construction, which shouldn't bother RF signals. As for bothering the aircraft signals, again no problem. It will be in a different signal range to their navigation systems, and besides, if the weather is poor enough to need those nav signals, I wouldn't be taking photos anyway. However the pod that I want to mount the gear in would be metal (aluminium), so my biggest concern so far is antenna effectiveness. I remember in model aircraft it was best to mount the antenna outside of the fuselage, but then they were balsa and fibreglass, not metallic. With the latest advances in RC helicopters carrying similar equipment, and doing commercial work, I'm hoping that there may be some commercially produced items that I may be able to plug together in relative ease for this application.
  2. This forum is terrific, but it took a bit of searching to find it. I am an aviation photographer, with experience in flying military jets. As well as taking my SLR in the cockpit, I am planning to mount some DSLR cameras in a special pod to take pictures of the outside of the aircraft. As the military don't like me drilling holes in their jets, in order to run cables, I am interested in using some form of Radio Control to fire the shutter. Can this be done in a two stage action - to prefocus before the shot? I also want to mount a live feedback video camera in the viewfinder, so that I can see exactly when to take each photograph. This of course, will also have to be transmitted back to me in the cockpit. Does anyone have any suggestions for a small, compact receiver and viewing screen to suit my environment? At times I may also be in another aircraft, up to 1000ft away, and will still need to take the photos (and therefore see the video transmission). Anybody see any other potential problems, or have advice? Thankyou in advance, Mike. www.actionairimages.com
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