Friday, September 9, 2016

These helicopter pilots prove filming a rally is as hard as driving in one - Charles D'Alberto

Charles D'Alberto
Charles D’Alberto

Keeping up with WRC cars is a challenge, even for choppers

We tend to take aerial rally footage for granted, but anyone who has been to a WRC event knows the sound of rally cars flying by is often accompanied by the sound of rotor blades.

One of the best (and only) ways to film a rally is by helicopter, even though drones are now budging into this territory; thing is, drones aren’t able to keep up with rally cars for miles at a time while doing triple-digit speeds (at least not yet). Until then, rallies will rely on the insane aerial acrobatics of helicopter pilots, who often strafe the terrain just a few yards off the ground to get good coverage.

Here’s a clip of two helicopters flying at mildly obscene angles at the World Rally Championship LOTOS 71st Rally in Poland.

(What the FAA thinks of this is moot — it’s not U.S. airspace — but spectators usually have to sign a waiver. At least in the States.)

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