Fliegen Works Inc.
Aeronautical Engineers – Portland, OR – USA

Immersive Camera Mount for Bell 206 and Robinson R44

Immersive Media Helicopter Mount

Fliegen Works developed and produces a retractable camera mount for the Bell 206 series, 407 and Robinson R44 helicopters. The system includes a camera mount that is can be temporarily attached to a skid, a control box, and a vibration isolated rack for the camera’s recording system or a stowage compartment for a laptop controller. An immersive video system is a good compliment to manual observation work such as pipeline and power line patrols with an observer – it allows for going back over the flight with others back at base. 360 degree video also gives a total immersion point of view that offers different data than a high resolution camera.

The camera mount system is FAA approved by STC SR01822SE and is configured for Immersive Media Corp.’s Dodeca® 2360 spherical video camera and for Point Grey’s Ladybug ® 3 camera. The system can be adapted to other camera systems that require an unobstructred view under a helicopter. The retractable camera mount system is also adaptable to most skid equiped helicopters. Contact us for more information.

The system required a design that was transportable and did not require modificaiton to the helicopter. We developed a system that extends below the skids in flight to allow full 360 degree view for their camera. Certification work included structures, electrical, flight testing, and cabin safety. The structural aspects were proven by both static analysis and full scale destructive testing.

Click play below to see full motion 360 degree video shot using our heli-mount.
(you can pan the image inside the frame by clicking and dragging…)

(NOTE: needs a high-bandwidth internet connection or will not function)

(NOTE: This video is temporarily unavailable, check out the other demos at http://www.immersivemedia.com/demos/index.php?clip=Video13)

IMC Helicopter Camera Mount on Bell 206The Immersive Camera Mount System attaches to the skid of various helicopters. The system is designed to lower an Immersive Media Camera Head below the skids during flight for 360-degree aerial video recording.

Inside the helicopter, a Position Control Box serves as the primary control and indication unit for the up and down positions of the camera. It also distributes power to the Retractable Camera Mount and Camera Base Unit.

FAA Approved Model List Per STC SR01822SE: Bell 206A, 206A-1, 206B, 206L, 206L-1, 206L-3, 206L-4, 407, Robinson R44 R44 II.

Requirements and Specifications

  • Skid diameter: 2.5” – 4.5”fliegen works retractable camera mount on helicopter
  • Total installed weight: 43.3 lbs
  • Electrical: 28V DC, 7.5 to 20 Amp breaker, pin A +, pin C ground.
  • Required connector: MS3101A 14S-1S
  • Occupies one passenger seat
  • Camera deploy time: 20 seconds

Installation Time (one-person):

  • Experienced installer, already in correct configuration: 30 min
  • First time install, new helicopter configuration: 90 min

Media

ICA & Maintenance Manual: FW-IMC407-13 rev C-FAA approved

Bell 206 & 407 Rotorcraft Flight Manual Supplement: FW-IMC407-11-BHT206revA RFMS

R44 Rotorcraft Flight Manual Supplement (unsigned version): FW-IMC521-11-R44 rev A

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