Trike Camera Setup

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WARNING - adding a camera onto your wing changes the flight characterstics of it, consult with the manufacturer before attempting this.

Note 1 - I power the 2 bullet cameras via the 12 Volt battery on my trike - I fuse this incase of a short circuit.

Note 2 - When the camera was on the washout strut, I didn't need to balance the wing. With the leading edge extender and extra parts I find the wing tips to this side on the ground. I balanced it by using a sausage of ball bearings along the cross bar of the opposing side.

Control Bar Camera - I expanded on an idea from Jeff Gilkey how he mounted a video camera to his control bar.
Wing Tip Camera

Hall Meter Clamps - Life would not be as good without these!
RCA Switch Box - a bit bulky for the job, you could probably find a more compact switch box in the Internet.
Ram Mount for Wing Tip - Got to love these mounts !!!!
Ram Mount for Control Bar
Sony TRV-950 Video Camera review - Sony doesn't make this camera anymore, its been my work horse for a few years and is a top notch digital camera!

Tom states: Is the LANC cable (did I spell that right?) a Sony accessory to your camcorder ? Will it control any Sony camcorder ? What brand of bullet-camera do you use? Can you send me some links for these items ? I'm planning on rigging my trike much the same as yours, but also adding a small Sony HD camera , forward of the instrument cluster. March 20, 2008, 10:25 pm
Gary states: Thanks it will be a great help in the futer February 5, 2008, 3:36 am
Yanis states: Dammien Great video work, & exellent set-up, Where can I get a mount for the control Bar like yours
November 28, 2006, 10:10 pm

AJMangetti states: Very interesting!!!! September 12, 2006, 7:36 am
Barry Morris states: Thanks for sharing the info. Great job! August 15, 2006, 12:47 am
Chase states: Awesome information - Thanks! July 19, 2006, 9:47 am
Foxy states: AWESOME FLIGHT VIDEOS! July 17, 2006, 12:29 am
Damien states: Funny Dad! Better to share the information, too many secrets will hold me down July 14, 2006, 7:28 am
Dad in Aust states: fantastic Damien but you give out too many secrets love Dad July 14, 2006, 1:58 am
Jesse Loyd states: That'great can't wait till I'm ready July 13, 2006, 11:34 am
Exsnowbirder states: Fair dinkum mate.....bonza stuff July 13, 2006, 3:20 am
Damien states: Cheers herbhof, glad the videos are providing plenty of enjoyment July 12, 2006, 12:24 pm
herbhof states: Thanks for making your videos available for us. They are great and the video about the camera setup is very informative. I have never flown small airplanes in NM, but have friends there and do spend time in ABQ. Your videos give me an insight that is not available from the surface. July 12, 2006, 10:03 am
Terry Viner states: Very Instructional and informative July 11, 2006, 1:32 am
Damien states: Mark, I use 480 scan lines, even better are the 560, I would suggest not to buy the 380, too little resolution. It is worth spending the extra few dollars. July 10, 2006, 8:15 pm
Mark Poliak states: Damien,
Clever way of describing (showing) your setup. As always, excellent job and thanks for sharing. I am looking at some 380 line lipstick cameras at [link] so was wondering what resolution or lines your lipstick cameras were? July 10, 2006, 7:31 pm

Frank Dempsey states: Very educational. Great job! July 10, 2006, 3:04 pm
Damien states: Cheers JP, once you get your wings, lets get flying! July 9, 2006, 9:30 pm
JP states: Damien,
That\'s Awesome!! Finally a real look behind the curtains, thanks!!
JP (Rich Hastings student) July 9, 2006, 8:59 pm


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