Santa Clara County Sheriff STAR1 Video

My friend Mike took some amazing shots of the SJPD Helo last week that I just had never seen before. He was hanging out the side of the helicopter, with the door open and shooting backwards! Somehow in all my flights, I had never thought about doing this before. Probably because it involves sticking my camera out into a 90-120kt wind and possibly having it fly off and hit the tail rotar; which would end very, very badly for everyone. But I had to have this shot and spoke to Bill and Rob from the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Aerial Support Unit to see if this was doable. Well, with an expert pilot like Rob, and a lot of safety straps, I was cleared to do it. 🙂


But that’s not what this blog is about. It’s about the video I took!

And a couple of more from the flight. 🙂




A very special thanks to Obie and Rob for making this and all the other flights possible. You guys are the best.

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