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Aerovision Showcases Falcon 50 Filming Ship

 - May 14, 2012, 3:30 PM
Aerovision's Dassault Falcon 50 jet fitted with a camera pod, designed for in-flight filming.

Aerovision is here at EBACE with its Dassault Falcon 50 jet fitted with a camera pod, designed for in-flight filming, transmitting live images from the EBACE static display to its indoor exhibit (Stand 148). The French company expects to receive European Aviation Safety Agency approval soon so as to have the aircraft available for commercial operations this summer.

Designed for aerial photography and filming, the retractable gyro-stabilized “ball” contains cameras for still images and video. The cameras can be rotated 350 degrees horizontally, 20 degrees upward and 120 degrees downward. Sister company UniAir has been in charge of the modification work.

The moving ball is encapsulated in a fairing under the Falcon’s fuselage and is connected to a workstation in the cabin. Images can be recorded or transmitted live, and Aerovision is touting its high-speed, high-altitude capabilities. The Jet Services group subsidiary company said it amassed extensive experience with its previous equipment, which was mounted under an Aerospatiale Corvette aircraft.

Aerovision hopes to open new markets with the higher performance Falcon. The aircraft will be operated in a quick-change configuration; the pod and workstation can be replaced with conventional seats for executive air charter. Aerovision and UniAir are part of the Jet Services group.