Comments on: Processing fixed wing imagery Stories of community based mapping projects Tue, 05 Feb 2013 23:05:05 +0000 hourly 1 By: Adam Griffith Wed, 10 Nov 2010 18:39:12 +0000 Lessons learned from this experience:
1) A skilled pilot really helps. Flying along a coastline is a skill many pilots do not have, so it is worthwhile to ask.
2) Conditions are crucial: we couldn’t fly higher than about 1000 ft. because of haze, therefore our swath size was very limited. Flying at a lower altitude, it was harder to capture the coastline.
3) Test your rig on the ground, especially the attachment to the airplane. Cessna 172 or similar work well.

Regarding #1 above: Our pilot had over 50 years of flying experience and no on board navigation systems. He literally took out a large paper map of the area right after takeoff (I wish I was kidding). As you can imagine, this limited us.