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Advice Needed: I need a portable landing pad/area...

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by OverheadAerial, Aug 20, 2014.

  1. OverheadAerial

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    Hey everybody,

    I need a portable landing pad for my P2. If you have built one or bought one can you please post a photo and information about what you've got? Thanks!
     
  2. Wedeliver

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    I just use my carrying case. Close the lid and lift off from the top. Hand catch to land.
     
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    I do %100 hand catch. But I do use a large plastic cutting board from "Bed Bath & Beyond" for nice flat launch that prevents dust debris and vegetation from getting into things. Just make dang sure whatever you use is metal free "non ferrous"
     
  4. OI Photography

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    Parts list:

    1 small wood cutting board
    2 pairs cheap screw-in doorstoppers
    1 round level

    The legs can easily be adjusted to make sure the pad sits level on most surfaces.
     
  5. HarryT

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    Is there a need to have the Phantom level when it takes off? I've never done so.
     
  6. sidebox

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    No need. If it is noticeably uneven, then you'll just need to compensate when taking off, to prevent a roll-over. I find myself taking off from unlevel ground all of the time. I just hold the control stick in the opposite direction of the low end of my bird.
     
  7. kikkilokko

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    Hi,

    I use an anti-vibration mat ( rubber granule, 60x60x1 cm), looks like asphalt a bit. You can paint/spray a heli landing sign on it :) .
    It's massy enought to hold down grass or protect from dirt.
    You can attach a handle if you like for easier carrying i.e. a piece of rope.


    Lem
     

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  8. HarryT

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    I find the best thing to do is just to take off "assertively" - ie with a lot of throttle. Don't have it bobbing around close to the ground - get it up to a height of 10' or so, where it's safe. I've taken off from slopes of 20 degrees and had no problems at all with tip-overs. Landings, on the other hand... (that's why now I always hand-catch!)
     
  9. locoworks

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    either a roll up rubber doormat or a square (18 inch to 2 feet) of 1/4 inch plywood??? you could even paint i big white H onto it :mrgreen:
     
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    Mine is a piece of foamex plastic, just big enough to slide into my backpack
     
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    I noticed last week when I powered on my device on an uneven surface that the H3 Gimbal was holding the camera at the same angle when hovering. I reset (power cycle) on a flat surface and then the camera was level.
     
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    It has been known in the CP heli world that keeping the a/c level and still during power up was required for the tail rotor gyro.
    This is to insure that during initialization the gyro 'knows' it is in a 'steady state'.

    I would imagine this is the same for the IMU contained in the NAZA which contains additional sensors.

    Seems HarryT may have proven it with his gimbal observation.
     
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    No! It's for a well balanced meal...that's Jamie Oliver's landing pad.
     
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    Yoga Mats work too and roll nicely. Hand catch only for my money (too many tip overs at land!).
     
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    Where did you get that pad 'slinger? Or did you paint it yourself.
     
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    There's a slick (IMHO) little pad available at:
    http://www.uavstickers.com/helipad.php

    you can get it in "standard", "standard with mirrored rings" (which seems like it would be great to help see the LEDs on the Phantom) or "personalized".
     
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    Yeah I really like that one too, my walmart-grade solution was just meant to be a temp arrangement while I figure out the best way to put feet or legs or something on that one.
     
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    I built and painted it. It has 2" diameter PVC tubing on the bottom on both sides that are capped. It keeps moisture away from the wood and makes it easier to move around to get it level...

    I fly off my case most of the time, but it's cool taking off from this thing. The one thing I wished I'd added was a mirror, so I can easily see the LED flash patterns. I might yet. And I'm probably going to add a mirror to the top of my case, somehow...

    -slinger
     
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    http://www.amazon.com/Mirror-Flexible-S ... d_sxp_f_pt