Quick Tip - Choosing A Landing Pad For Your Drone

Updated: May 24






Welcome to the quick tips blog, in this blog we are going to be talking about landing pads, these are often the first things that new pilots of drone or model aircraft buy.


1 - GET A LANDING PAD AS BIG AS YOU CAN


This solves a lot of issues as often people only get a pad that is barley bigger than their drone and this opens you up to a lot of issues where you could miss the pad, hit the pegs and potentially cause damage to your drone.




2 - RIGHT PAD RIGHT JOB


Sometimes a pop out landing pad due to the material used will not create a stable and level platform to take off and land from, often creating problems, if you were to try and use it on surfaces with long grass or undulating terrain.


Often choosing a better location to take-off and land from will fix this, however you may want to also think about a rigid landing pad that can be used to iron out those issues.


We often use large pieces of Foamex board often used in advertising as it is not susceptible to damage from moisture it is light weight and cheap, but a whole range of materials can be used.




This is also great for those situations where the ground is two hard to put pegs in for example hard standing, concrete or tarmac where a pop out landing material could move around of blow away to create a hazard in its self.


3 - PUSH YOUR PEGS IN


This is something that we see a lot of remote pilots make a mistake with, if you don't push them all the way in they can be a hazard that could lead you to crash or damage your props during take off and landing. Make sure that you push them in all the way to avoid this issue.


Sometimes when the ground is hard putting them in at an angle can help to get them all the way in a little easier but make sure you angle them aware from the pad to avoid them being pulled out.



4 - IS IT SAFE TO USE?


Landing pads are a great way to help keep your equipment free from damage and clean but sometimes they cause more issues than they solve. This is especially true on those hard surfaces like concrete and tarmac mentioned previously where you may be safer to keep the area clear and not use a landing pad at all.




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