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VIO-POV.1 Cockpit Camera Mounted In The F-16 "Viper West"

VIO-POV.1 Cockpit Camera Mounted In The F-16 "Viper West"

This is the new digital VIO-POV.1 solid state camera and video recorder mounted in the USAF F-16 Fighting Falcon, commonly called the "Viper". The POV.1 records in DVD quality on an SD card with eighty-three minutes recording time on a two Giga-byte card. The recording time was sufficient to get two flights recorded without changing the card or the batteries.

**POV.1 camera head mounting method:
The camera is on a small universal ball head clamp that has a three and a half inch square, one sixteenth inch thick, fiberglass base bolted to the base of the clamp. This design allows the attachment to the aircraft's glare shield with Velcro or a high quality gaffers tape.(not duct tape) When confronted with the position the camera needs to be in versus the method of attachment, few choices exist. It is not possible to drill holes in military aircraft, so design of the mount has to address this issue. The glare shield has enough "lip" extending over the instrument panel, but there are instruments and indicators that cannot be blocked from the pilot's view, thus eliminating the possibility of a clamp on the "lip". In this case I had a choice of attaching Velcro to the glare shield and fiberglass base or using gaffers tape. Once the Velcro is adhered to the glare shield, it becomes a problem when trying to remove it without peeling the paint off. This is where gaffers tape excels in uses. Done properly, the gaffers tape will provide a superior and safe bond of the fiberglass base to the glare shield. I started by cutting an eight inch length of the three inch wide gaffers tape, then folding it over with about an inch overlap in order to make a "double back sticky tape" that applies to the fiberglass plate. I now have the base with a sticky side that will go on the glare shield. Once pressed onto the glare shield, you will be amazed how strong the attachment is- but we are not done yet. I cut one inch strips of the gaffers tape and applied them to the top outer edges of the fiberglass plate(all four sides) and overlapped fifty percent onto to glare shield's surface. I repeated this procedure but continued from the edge of the fiberglass, overlapping the previous tape then onto the glareshield paint. At this point, the mount is stronger than the Velcro method.
Once the camera is firmly mounted, adjust the picture angle and apply a strip of tape over any hardware that is used to tighten the camera head to the mount- this ensures that nothing has a chance to vibrate loose. Tape or "zip-tie" the cable every six inches along the path to the recorder. Routing of the cable is a safety issue, so pay close attention to the positioning. The recorder was placed in the Map Case with foam rubber taking up the extra room.

***VIEW THE VIDEO of the over the shoulder angle looking forward:

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