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Video from my wing: first trial of the GoPro video camera

I bought a GoPro Hero 3 with wifi duty free on the way back from my wedding in Thailand in December. Today, was the first chance I’ve had to give it a go on my plane. It’s fantastic! I can use my Samsung Galaxy tablet to control the camera and view what the camera sees.


Setting up the GoPro Hero3 camera on my wing with my Samsung Galaxy tablet.

I bought a suction cup mount to go on the wing of the plane, however I was a little concerned it wouldn’t hold. I checked out the GoPro site & it said it was rated to 130 mph however, other blogs suggested it would be fine up to 200 mph. I didn’t want to take any chances so I put the mount on with the camera casing & took it for a test flight.

I pointed the nose down and got the aircraft flying at around 138 knots just before VNE (velocity never exceed) – it held on beautifully!

Check out the results with the camera on the wing today. Here it is – straight off the wing (we sped part of it up so you don’t get to enthralled in the exciting flight from Tooradin airfield over French Island – unfortunately the camera ran out of batteries before landing).

We are all very much novices so if there is anyone out there who can share their experience with GoPros on aircrafts or any speed machines, we’d love to hear from you. We need all the help we can get with this! Let us know what you think?

We are planning to film much of the flight & hopefully create a documentary at the end. In the meantime, I’ll be trialling what the GoPro can do with a chest harness on my border collie, Zeus.

Over & out,

Dave Jacka

2 thoughts on “Video from my wing: first trial of the GoPro video camera”

  1. Hi Dave, A friend of mine brought your adventure to my attention as she knew that I too are related to Albert Jacka. (First cousin twice removed – my grandmother’s cousin)

    I see that you have the same courage as Albert Jacka and I wish you well in your adventure. I will be keeping an eye on your blog and following your travels around Australia.

    Wishing you all the best.


    1. Hi Leonie,
      Its a small world! Albert Jacka was my Grandfathers cousin! I greatly appreciate your support, and thanks for your lovely comment. You can also keep up to date on my adventure on Facebook an Twitter.
      Cheers Dave

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