Of all the xAP, PAP is my favorite. Why...because balloons are too expensive and most of the time I simply dont have the patience needed to handle a Kite rig. Planes involve legal and liability issues. PAP has its advantages and disadvantages as compared to other types of xAP:
Panoramic photography is really easy
Setup and Takedown time is much quicker
Wind is usually not a factor
Limited to 50 height
Must be done on solid ground
Let me suggest 6 simple but critical safety
rules for PAP'ing:
(1) Before extending the pole, always check your equipment (cable, fasteners, etc),
(2) Plumb the pole BEFORE it is extended,
(3) NEVER use less than a 4 ' overlap. In other words, a 7 section pole should never exceed 46' in total length,
(4) Use guy lines in extreme conditions ( > 40' and in breezy conditions ) and
(5) NEVER EVER move the vehicle with the pole extended.
(6) Periodically disassemble the entire pole and examine the parts that can't be checked before each lift (bushings, cables, etc.)
Do I use a checklist for PAP. Definitely, I'd be lost without it.
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