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"Back up" cameras

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I'm going to solidly cement my status as a newbie here (like there was ever a doubt), but I thought I'd mention an idea I had.

I've seen a lot of businesses (including Costco) selling "back up" cameras, which are intended to be mounted on the bumper of a car, with a thin LCD screen mounted on a sun shade, or as part of the mirror.

They're simple enough systems, and intended to be powered by the car's 12v system. They're available in a variety of view angles, from 60 to 120 degrees that I've seen in very limited casual research. The monitors are available in a variety of sizes.

So, the idea is, what about using a camera like this for a taxi-cam? One of the common complaints I hear about taildraggers is that they're blind on the ground, due to the nose-high attitude, and this seems like a logical solution. Mount the camera in the nosebowl, or under the fuselage, and set up the monitor in the rear cockpit. You could even have an out of the way stowage area for the monitor (I was visualizing a trick system where it could slide back into the panel for storage, or drop down in front of the instruments for use), since it'd be relatively useless in flight.

What say you? Clever? Too gadgety? Best idea since sliced bread?

Edited by: IanJ

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