PAC exit advice for cameraperson
Posted 10 June 2010 - 01:28 PM
I'm heading up to Cark for the GP this weekend, doing camera for a four way team. I've done about 100 camera jumps now and am still very much a baby and learning loads. I've done about 2 jumps in total from a PAC (at HInton) and no camera. Any advice? Tips? What to look out for? The wings and tail look quite low.. I'm flying with quite large wings.. do I need to make sure I don't inflate them for a few seconds to avoid decapitating myself?
All and any advice on here or via PM are welcome.
Thanks in advance.
Posted 10 June 2010 - 02:00 PM
I am not particularly tall but i am always conscious that the tailplane on a PAC is lower and closer than I am used to therefore I can not get as far back for the exit as I would do in a Dornier or indeed anything other than a PAC (or tailgate). Because of this tend to be right up against tail and much more likely to hit them on exit. From the PAC I peel (VERY slightly). All camera exits have their pros and cons and peeling can leaving you a long way behind, too steep or right in amongst it if you screw up the timing but I found that by pushing away and peeling as the inside centre's backside came out of the door frame I got reasonable judgable results pretty consistently - not as pretty as a Dornier exit but there you have it. Regular PAC camera dudes might trash this - its just my perspective as someone who only ever does it on Cark comp jumps.
Good luck with the weather and in the comp.
Posted 10 June 2010 - 02:06 PM
I'll make sure I have a talk with all of the camera peeps there tomorrow and will have a good look at the plane before jumping.
Thanks again! Am excited.. woo hoo!
Posted 11 April 2012 - 12:47 AM