Jan 1, 2013, 10:12 PM
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Getting used to jumping camera.
This isn't a scary story thread or a request for advice, rather passing on the story of my first few camera jumps.
First of all I have been jumping the same gear for just on a year, prior to putting on the camera. That includes my helmet with cutaway and chin cup. I have been 'technically' allowed to jump camera for most of the past year, but I didn't feel ready.
A few weeks ago, I got fully debriefed by the dzso clipped the gopro on and went off to do my first camera jump. The jump was a solo from 5k out of a 182. I had intended to turn the camera on for the jump but forgot to.
One thing that really strikes me, is the amount a gopro sticks out on top. It requires conscious effort to maintain awareness of the potential snag hazard, when in the plane and on climbout.
I appreciate freefliers jump with cameras, but it's pretty clear that if you do rw (like I do), you need to plan the exit, and remove the camera for certain linked exits.