Monday, 28 May 2007
10,500ft and ways to freeze your n@ts
It wasn't really a nice looking saturday 5-26-07 early morning sun. We went to an undisclosed location (signed a confi waiver) for our almost half day flight. Packed with all the CF cards, 2 canon mark2 bodies and a nikon set for myself. My boss... lets call him Jose... was briefing our pilot his "flight plan" for the trip. And i was on the other side of the room chit chatting with the video guy i went with some past projects ago. :) All is well and cleared. Chopper is filled with A1 aviation fuel enough for a 5 hour flight. I then helped the 2 production staff in wearing their double lanyard full-body harness. So why the full-body harness you ask??? Cause we were going to fly hmmmm... 10,000++ ft with open canopy doors and to make the situation worse the client needed a top angle. :D
Good thing the Chopper Mech did some minor customizing and was able to make more room inside by taking out some of the back rest. Well spending some 30++ mins at 4000++ cruising altitude was ok. but upon reaching our destination the chopper was climbing really fast. Just by the mere popping sound in my ears i know we were really climbing high for this shoot. Then came the time when they opened the door! and that first cold air whipped thru my fingers! No Sh@T!!!!!!! its freezing cold!!!!!!!! and guess what????? We had to stay at that altitude for the rest of the shoot. :( I saw the video guy's hand shaking wildly! :D I can't imagine what the client is going to see in his footage?!?! hehehehehe (no offense mate!) and then came the constant dripping(literally) of mucus in all of our nose! hehehehehe I know its wierd but the extreme change in temperature really was taking toll on all of us! Specially them! hahahahahaha good thing i was protected by the pilots cabin. Only my hands suffered in the bitter cold cause i had to constantly hold the freaking GPS unit for Jose to see and shoot for waypoint reference!
Anyway.... i did enjoy my first 10500ft aerial flight and my longest aerial shoot ever! 5+ hours airborne!