This video is part of the data dump from my cell phone. I grabbed a shot of this Skycrane takeoff last October (2014). Nothing too special about it (that's always a good thing) just an amazing piece of machinery! I called it a high performance take off, I think they were doing some sort of a post maintenance test flight, possibly checking engine power output or something. They certainly were not hanging out withing the height/velocity curve, but then it is a helicopter after all...
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Get around any group of pilots and you will likely find a couple of serious photographers in the group. When they are not behind the controls of their favorite flying machine they can often be found behind the controls of a camera, photographing various aircraft or anything else that stops moving for a couple of seconds.
For about the last 15 years our particular unit has been the home of two pretty serious photographers. Dan Megna www.danmegna.com has been a professional photographer and writer for many years with articles and photographs published in a number of aviation and helicopter magazines. Dan retired from the unit just this week. I hope to showcase a little of his work on this site in the near future.
Rocky Laws is the other pretty serious photographer but he chooses to keep it strictly in the hobby category. That probably helps me out as he was quick to give me permission to display some of his work on this site when asked., thanks Rock! I have often asked Rocky why he doesn't do professional photography work and his answer is always the same, "it would just screw up a perfectly good hobby. "
Rocky photographs much more than just helicopters. You can see more of his camera work at his personal Smug Mug page.
To view his photos of the various fire and patrol helicopters around our ramp at Gillespie Field visit the Police Helicopter Pilot picture gallery.