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Planning a Photo Mission using Google Earth for LAWG 1. Obtain white index cards and marker. 2. Obtain a Etrex GPS and manual or simular unit. http://www8.garmin.com/manuals/eTrexLegendH_OwnersManual.pdf 3. Turn on GPS and allow warm up time during preflight. 4. Save last track log just in case. 5. Clear track log from memory 6. Set Camera to GPS time in seconds. (slight trick involved) 7. Open Google Earth. 8. Load in Lat/Long point information in degrees decimal (i.e. 30.51747 N 91.7158 W or 30.51747 -91.7158) Next Planning a Photo Mission using Google Earth for LAWG (Cont.) 9. Mark your point for future reference. 10. Make a really good mental note, or take a screen snap shot (.jpg file) and print it out to take with you if possible. 11. Take a sheet with the Lat/Longs values for each target. 12. Make sure you take a picture of the target card before you start shooting location!!! (Very Important). Next EasyGPS Program download go to: http://www.easygps.com/ This program allows you the ability to upload your track log just flown into you computer as a .gpx file. This file can then be downloaded to Google Earth and show you an animation of your flight over each target. Go to Google Earth, Tools, GPS and under Device –Garmin; check- Import from file; under Import – check tracks; Output check-kml Tracks. Click Import and watch Google Earth create animation of your flight which can be saved or emailed to others later. Next Pilot Responsibility Survey the area before starting photo work (Towers, obstructions, etc.) Pilot and photographer must work as a team. Pilot should know photo window is a picture frame. Pilot must keep target in center of frame at all times keeping wing, strut, flaps and wheel out of view of camera. Flying close in, can use turns about a point Flying a rectangular course, turns must be quick and flat if possible (rudder turns). This takes practice. Verticals lined up by photographer. This is a team effort. If air is rough, slow down with 10 deg of flaps Next Mission Observer You may have two responsibilities Communications & aid pilot in watching out for obstructions and other aircraft. Communication with Mission Base : (Knowing how to talk to Mission Base is important) 1. Report wheels up 2. Report on target (each location) 3. Report Ops Normal every 30 min 4. Report leaving target (RTB) 5. Report wheels down Next Photographer Planning Adjust yourself in your seat for more room to move around. When you reach your target location, make sure you : 1. Define the area with your pilot 2. Pick out well defined points. If not sure, us Lat/Long and aircraft wing tip to locate target. If still not sure of target, shoot the different locations around the area. It’s better to have too many images than not enough. 3. Shoot target as instructed. If on your own: A. Take an overview shot of the area around target. B. Shoot North, West, South & East. C. Take a vertical if possible. Next Garmin Etrex Legend H Next Next Morgan City (Google Earth) Google Earth Vertical Using Road View IPBR Fire Station Building (Google Earth) Actual Photograph BRP Vertical (Google Earth) Actual Photo (Near Vertical) SFD Vertical (Google Earth) Actual Photograph (Near Vertical) PS6 Vertical (Google Earth) Actual Photograph MB Vertical (Google Earth) Actual Photograph CBC Vertical (Google Earth) Actual Photograph
"Google Earth Mission Pilot"