November 12, 2010
By Mike Collins
Datatoys introduced its new Ultimate Digital Video Platform, which records video and data for a variety of airborne applications, at AOPA Aviation Summit. It can be used in flight instruction, aerial tours and adventure rides, flight evaluation and testing, charters, pipeline inspection, and aerobatics, as well as for recreational aviation, Datatoys said.
The platform can record video at 1080p60 HD, which is superior to Blu-ray disc capability, and features a touch screen. It has the ability to capture flight or other data, which can be displayed graphically and superimposed on video images for playback.
Datatoys also released its next generation in airborne cameras. The WDR-600 offers 600 lines of resolution and features a variety of image-enhancing features, including electronic image stabilization, digital noise reduction, and a wide dynamic range. Datatoys said it is the only camera on the market with built-in propeller mitigation settings, which allow users to capture a clean, translucent prop blur instead of the propeller freeze typical of CCD cameras or the propeller warp caused by CMOS cameras. —Mike Collins
Mike Collins has worked for AOPA’s media network since 1994. He holds a private pilot certificate with an instrument rating.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has awarded its third annual Flight Training Excellence Awards to top flight schools and flight instructors ranked by more than 3,600 flight students who voluntarily reviewed their flight training experience through an AOPA online poll.
For decades, pilots have headed to Bay Bridge Airport in the Chesapeake Bay for scenic coastal flying and great seafood. Check it out after attending the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In on Oct. 4.
Maintenance experts have asked the FAA to clarify whether recurring inspections of Cessna 210-series aircraft can be mandated without following required rulemaking procedures.
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