“Take some ground photos - make a print – give it to a pilot – because of that you will meet and get to know them – then you can determine if they are safe to fly with.”
Sadly, that leaves a lot up to interpretation. If we are assuming that you are new to aviation, and specifically air-to-air photography, how will you evaluate this prospective air-to-air photo pilot as you “get to know them”?
So, what can we rely on?
The need to evaluate a relatively unknown pilot fairly quickly is nothing new in aviation. Pilots in a variety of situations (commercial, military, flight instructors, etc) all have to be able to quickly take stock of the individual they are flying with in order to build a set of limits that they are going to put around that person’s piloting skills. There are a lot of pilots who may be qualified or experienced to conduct a photo mission with you, but that doesn't mean they are safely prepared to fly the mission!
|Pilot briefing before a photoflight at Oshkosh|
However, it isn't just the pilot's brief that can clue you in on their suitability for an air-to-air photo mission. In our next blog post, we will talk about a second way to learn more about your prospective pilot, and how to set yourself up for the best chance of a safe and successful photo mission.
Part 2 continues - HERE