The Rock Steady ball mount is the durable and versatile low profile design that you have been looking for. This quality all metal mount will not move, bend, or fail, unlike plastic mounts. The knuckle clamp attaches to any Rock Steady base allowing 360 degrees of adjustment. The knuckle locks your camera into any position with a hex wrench, or by hand with an included T-handle screw. Buy multiple Rock Steady bases to add numerous quick change mounting locations at an affordable price. The standard 1/4-20 thread is compatible with most cameras such as Drift, Flightcam, Sony, JVC, Canon, Fly360, etc. With the Rock Steady Tie Down Ring Base, quickly turn any standard tie down ring into a camera mount. The aluminum base uses a thumb screw with a hex drive head. The aluminum centering nut allows quick attachment to any tie down ring with up to a 1 inch diameter hole. The centering nut has a grooved outer edge allowing a perfect fit on most standard aircraft such as Cessna and Piper tie-down rings. This tie down ring base is compatible with all Rock Steady mounts.
FAA Attachment Rating: SAS, FFT, FFM, or APA
SAS - Safe & Secure - If installed properly, this mount is
safe and secure to withstand forces of flight. If this mount is only
rated safe and secure, then it may or may not meet the other categories
on its own or in all installations. However, this mount is at least
suitable for external attachment on all experimental aircraft. Though
experimental aircraft do not fall under the same regulations for
installation as certified aircraft, violations are still possible under
FAR 91.13 and 91.15 such as with sticky mounts, suction cups, and
plastic mounts failing. If installed, maintained, and operated properly,
this mount is of the highest quality to never fail.
FFT - FAA Temporary - This FAA friendly mount may be considered a
temporary mounting device. This device uses attachment methods that may
be done by hand, not requiring tools. This device, in most cases can be
attached temporarily to an aircraft without affecting the integrity of
the attachment point if used properly. Final responsibility is on the
pilot using a temporary device. The FAA does not support installations
that are not approved. Good references for portable electronic devises
are AC 91-21-1C, AC 20-173, and ACE-100.
FFM - FAA Minor Alteration - This camera mount meets all
practical design criteria falling under a FAA minor alteration. Under a
minor alteration the FAA requires only a logbook entry from an A&P
mechanic. This commercial off the shelf product uses recognized
materials and design aspects that may be recognized by AC 43.13. Each
minor alteration varies between aircraft types and mounting locations.
Final responsibility is on the A&P mechanic making the logbook
entry. The use of AC 43-210A may be helpful in determining your
installation can be considered a minor alteration.
APA - FAA Approval Available - This camera mount has available an
FAA Approval for certain cameras on most certified aircraft.
Pre-approved engineering data can be purchased through Flight Flix
allowing a FAA approved installation on your aircraft. Complete
paperwork is sent to you with pre-approved data and installation
instructions for your specific aircraft, camera, and mounting location.
This approval allows a simple approval process for you and your IA. We
have already done all the hard work. Eliminate tedious field approvals
and inconsistencies between FSDO's.