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Old 10-24-2011, 05:27 AM
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Default Take-off / Landing at 53VG - a little 1900' grass strip

I finally captured a decent (not great) video clip taking off and landing at my little grass strip. The FAA signed off back in May and I had my RV-8 'home' within a week.

The grass is still filling in but it's pretty good. There is a small rise mid field. There are also trees off the approach end of RWY3 so energy management is in order.

The camera is the Drift HD170. You will see there are definite RPM settings that exacerbates the rolling shutter. I need to make a note of exactly what they are so I can avoid them when shooting video. I mostly shoot stills with the Drift.
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Old 10-24-2011, 06:34 AM
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Very nice. Out of curiosity, what area of Virginia is the grass strip and how difficult was the permitting process?
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Old 10-24-2011, 07:42 AM
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Default Awesome

That's sweet! Time to contest Turbo's Gatherings
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Old 10-24-2011, 07:56 AM
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I like your video set up. Can you talk me though where it is located and what you used? Pointing my driod out the wind screen is getting old.
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Old 10-24-2011, 09:41 AM
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Default Very Cool!!!

Where do you keep the plane? Didn't look like there were any buildings at either end!!!!!

I live in an airpark and it is great. Having a private strip would even be better.

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Old 10-24-2011, 10:13 AM
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Default Some Answers

The hangar is about 800 feet to the south via a crooked taxi way :-)

You can find 53VG in AirNav and most up-to-date databases and the current sectional. The challenge was my proximity to a public use airport. I'm with the 5 mile radius. That complicates things quite a bit. The effort will vary based on your local politics (lots of people get the opportunity to kill the deal).

The video was shot with the Drift HD170. The camera comes with a lot of mounting accessories. One I'd a flat plastic plate which can be screwed on the wingtip using the existing hardware. There are lots of posts here on VAF detailing the camera and mount.

I think Turbo still has me beat but I think it's only because he's got better marketing :-)

There's always an extra space in the hangar for a transient. And spare room in the farmhouse for guests!
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Old 10-24-2011, 02:08 PM
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Default Nice strip

What a great place to come and go. Reminds me of Van's early strips except longer and more scenic.
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Old 10-24-2011, 09:20 PM
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Default Great video

Originally Posted by Flyrod View Post
What a great place to come and go. Reminds me of Van's early strips except longer and more scenic.
Good job ... Nice field
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Old 10-24-2011, 10:20 PM
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Glen, the Jersey Boys will certainly come visit soon. Mow it nice and short, we fly -A models.
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Old 10-25-2011, 05:31 AM
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Very cool! I'd love to have my own grass strip some day...

Thanks for sharing the video!
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