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Google Earth Mission Pilot


									        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.
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)

         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).

   Program download go to:
   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

                  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

                   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

                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.

Garmin Etrex Legend H

 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

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