Video, Shades & Muffs

On the video ending front it is taking me longer to edit videos than I’d like seeing as how I’m still learning FCPx (video editing software),. I’m trying new techniques and ideas, getting new plug-ins, and working to make the videos interesting to students, pilots, hound lovers, and my supporters. Last week I saw a post about someone wanting to overlay gauges on their video as you see in a HUD (Heads Up Display). The Garmin Verb aviation camera software (Verb Edit) has some gauges but they aren’t really aviation specific and the one that is leaves a lot to be desired. All week I was trying to figure out how to overlay my flight data onto the most recent rescue flight video.  Sith some trial and error and internet searching I decided to go back to using CloudAhoy for this purpose and to analyze my training flights. I emailed the owner and he showed interest for how I would use the service for the added purpose of creating video. It will take time but it will be interesting if I can get it to work  For it to be useful it would need to be highly accurate and synced to the actual video. I might write a separate blog entry about that since it gets really technical. Basically the Garmin Verb software only accepts GPX or FIT files which are the data files containing the meta data for speed, altitude, bank angle etc. For video the Verb software uses Windows MP4 vs MOV files. Most aviation electronics like avionics and portable gps units link to a specific app or through a service and/or export to KLM or CSV files. So I tied downloading my flight data from the server but lost needed data. Trying to convert them either causes the Verb software to not recognize them or again some of the needed data is lost. So there are a lot of issues there and even if you could get it all into the Verb editing software the aviation overlay is lacking and just sort of sucks. For me I can get extremely detailed flight data by downloading the CSV files from my Garmin G1000 avionics installed in the aircraft. Think of it like the data on the “Black Box” from an airliner. I can download these files and import them into CloudAhoy along with my video. CloudAhoy uses the data and video along with some crazy advanced software to analyze the flight and overlay flight data onto the video and aviation maps/charts. I can use the results to refine my flying and help my students. When I figure out how to get the overlays from CloudAhoy into my video editing software then you will see the results. I’m figuring out how to do all this and the best way I’ve learned to do that is to dive into a video project like the last rescue flight. Stay tuned for the results.

We pick hounds to fly based on special circumstances that make the use of the airplane a good choice. Often this is due to medical issues, distance, lack of other available timely means, or a combination of reasons. With the aircraft the transport is done quickly. I am also conscious of making the experience as comfortable as possible since the hound is already under stress. I suppose the goes for the pilots also since rescue flight days often are long and tiring. Therefore my aircraft partner and I decided to pitch in and get JetShades. They are amazing yet expensive aviation shades that block %90+ of the intense uv light coming through the windows of an aircraft at altitude while also keeping the interior cool. Amazingly they do this without compromising the pilots ability to see outside. There just isn’t any other product out there like it. It will help us on those all day rescue flights like the last one and also reduce stress on the hounds by keeping the interior cool and dim. Pilot friends asked bout the shades so I created a couple videos about them and put them at the bottom of this post.

Another item we use are Doggie Ear Muffs. We were fortunate enough to make contact with a wonderful couple who were retiring from flying rescue flights and supplied us with some of equipment along with a lot of how to and what not to do tips. One of the items was a complete set of dog ear muffs from ex small to large. Some dogs don’t seem to mind the noise but I still feel it might cause stress so these muffs just like our aviation headsets, block out most of the noise. Surprisingly the hounds seem to love them!

On the last transport we had a large do in the back seat and a medium size hound behind the back seats. Now I’ve never had a hound really freak out during transport but I have had a few small messes and one really wanted to be a mile high lap dog. It can also get a little cold at altitude even though the aircraft has forces air heat. So we always use soft crates in the aircraft. Inside the crate we have blankets and pads over absorbent material. So if there is a mess its contained to the crate and the hound has soft warm blankets. the soft crates can be zipped closed and a quilt thrown over them if the hound has additional need to be kept warm. As you see from the picture they are comfortable. If the hound wants to sit up and look out I can zip open the top of the crate and allow them a view. The whole time they have on a harness and are secured so they can’t crawl out and interfere with us flying. I’ll have to take some pictures and video highlighting how we set up the aircraft for the hounds in a future post.

Lastly Laura has put together a bag that each hound gets when they get to their foster/furever home. It contains some tips and tricks, treats, toys, and our contact information so we can further assist them if needed.

Have a great day and thank you for your support.




JetShades Gallery

JetShades Part 1

JetShades Part 2





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