Cockpit Video System

Whether you want to post a video to YouTube or Facebook, or simply share a flight with friends, Sporty's cockpit video system is all you need. This compact, all-in-one system is so easy to use that it may become standard gear in your airplane.

This video system is also useful for flight instructors and their students, said Sporty’s Vice President John Zimmerman. A post-lesson debriefing can become so much more valuable when flight students can have an instant replay of what was done correctly – or what needs improvement.

The video system is simple. Just slide the single button forward to start recording in full HD video (1080p at 30 fps or 720p at 60 fps). A custom headset interface allows you to record all of your communications, including intercom and radio.

The new GPS-enabled video system uses a built-in GPS receiver to log your exact location as it records the video. With the included software, you can play back your video alongside speed, altitude and even your position overlaid on a Google Earth map.

Both cameras have a rotating lens and laser alignment system so you can mount the camera at any angle, without distorting the video. The 135° lens can capture the entire cockpit, including pilots, instrument panel and forward view, Sporty’s says.

The complete package features editing software that allows you to create and share your videos. Each system also includes an adhesive mount, 3-hour battery, microphone jack, 2GB micro SD card and USB cable. It weighs just 4.3 ounces.

The standard cockpit video system is $399, and the GPS-enabled system is $499. Two mounts are available as accessories. All merchandise ordered by Thursday, December 23, 2010, can be delivered in time for Christmas.

For more information, call 1.800.SPORTYS, or visit www.sportys.com.

KITPLANES Editor Mary Bernard began her career in aviation journalism in 1998 and has worked in publishing for more than 15 years.

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