January 2011 Issue
Smile, This Flight is Being Recorded
Itís not often our curmudgeonly editors offer a trifecta of kudos, but all three of these devices ace their respectiveóif radically differentómissions.
Itís easy to pick out a couple of pilots talking: Look for the folks bending their hands through the air trying to recreate a visual for that death-defying turn to final immediately followed by three consecutive touchdowns from one landing attempt. Technology can now put more fact into these fish stories or offer a better way to debrief exactly what happened right before the CFI hollered, "My airplane!" These three solutions hit different, but overlapping, missions. None are cheap, but all do the job they set out for. The NFlightCam is small and to-the-point, so we will be too: The thing works great. The camera is actually a ContourHD 1080 wearable camcorder thatís less than four inches long and weighs about five ounces. NFlightCam replaces the standard mic with a circuit and cable to record cabin audio from the intercom. Thatís plugged into any headset jack and can be connected inline so you can use a headset in the same outlet.
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