I've been doing a bit of research lately and am more convinced than ever that the Dutch and Belgian television markets are mature an competitive enough for a helicopter news service. Since I've been training for my PPL on a Robinson R44, this machine's low operating cost and efficiency has had a lot of my attention. I think it's perfect for the mission. Robinson sells a fully configured News Helicopter for $200 more than the standard R44. Needless to say I was dissapointed after an afternoon of searching Google, Teoma and Ask that there appear to be no alternatives to the usualsuspects when it comes to stabilized cameras and mounts. Surely there is someone who's thought up an alternative that doesn't start at $100k.
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