Collision with Terrain/Obstruction on Ground
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January 1, 2006
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A videographer was getting footage of the event for a planned video and I offered to do some nice flying for him to have as part of his the video.
I launched and did a bunch of mild maneuvers around the videographer. One very nice sequence is to fly at the camera and then about 40 feet away climb right over the camera. It looks great for a video and I had done numerous times before at a much lower elevation. However, the altitude here was significant enough that I underestimated how quickly I could climb. The lower part of my cage clipped the video camera as I flew over.
I immediately landed. The videographer had minor injuries to the area around his eye and the camera eyepiece was damaged. The videographer fully recovered from injuries in a few weeks and I paid to have the camera fixed for around $100.
1) Be very careful to not become overconfident around spectators and cameras. Showing off, especially at a close range to the ground, people or other pilots, increases the likelihood of an incident.
2) When flying in a new environment, especially at a significant altitude difference, be aware that the motor and wing will respond very differently. Give yourself more room to correct for any problems that may appear.
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