With Northern Ontario as a backdrop, Dax Wilkinson invited friends and family to experience the unique and special place where he grew up and he brought an AirVid pilot to capture the experience from the air along side fixed-wing bush planes equipped with skis. (Cessnas and Pipers)
Winter Flying Safety and Cinematography with Drones and UAVs
On a recent mission to Northern Ontario we learned some of the challenges of winter flying while having a great time!
- Calibrate the sensors at the outside temperature.
- Keep the batteries warm until you need them, they will last longer.
- If your batteries are cold, it will translate to a lower flight time, by up to 50%
- Cold makes parts brittle, if you need to make adjustments or want to fold your hex, do that inside after it has reached room temperature.
- If you are doing a professional shoot in the wilderness in the cold, you are likely not going to have access to much power. If you have planned for a generator, don’t be surprised if everyone else is pluggin their phones, chargers, still camera batteries, lighting, cook stove, kettle etc. in other words bring your own generator.
- Bring 2 of EVERYTHING
Dax Wilkinson is a leading Canadian designer and is the Owner of Red Canoe National Heritage Brands Inc. His company designs a variety of products that capture the Canadian heritage and experience in a really grounded manner.
A Sudbury Ontario native, Dax grew up in Canada’s north but had been transplanted to the big city of Toronto where he missed the simpler northern lifestyle. While the aspiring entrepreneur and designer built up his retail business, his close friends from home were becoming professional Bush Pilots.
On a visit home he got an invitation fly in a deHavilland DHC-2 Beaver. That airborne experience led to a ‘flashbulb moment.’ The pilot compared his plane to a Harley Davidson motorcycle. The utility of both machines had in making the huge North American landscape accessible by road on a Harley, and by air in a Beaver, had a huge impact. Both were now cultural Icons.
Wilkinson decided to create a product line inspired by Canadian icons with great stories like the DHC-2 Beaver. Many of these stories were unknown, fading from memory or taken for granted. Those few individuals that knew them well would welcome any banner that invited the uninitiated to take interest.
A Red Canoe could be thought of as the Great, Great Grandfather of the DHC-2 Beaver and the ultimate symbol of pure, simple, idyllic, rugged, hard working Canadian lifestyle. And so the company name was born.
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James Arthurs: Director of Photography
Conor Fisher: Colourist
Miriam Johnson: Production Assistant
Arnold Villeneuve: Aircraft Low-Pass Specialist
Dink’s Song; Written by Bob Dylan; Performed by The BelleRegards
Audio Engineer Vladimir Nikolitch
Audio Recorded and Produced at Silent Joe Inc by Jody Colero
Drone Footage by AIR-VID.COM, Patrick Egan and David French