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Make drone more visible in air

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Tarzan!, Jul 15, 2016.

  1. Tarzan!

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    I plan to film myself and a few others flying our powered paragliders. I was wondering if anybody has attached anything to their drones to make it more visible while in the air? I plan on just having it hold a set point and we'd do some formation fly bys. I was thinking maybe something as simpe as a stick with suction cup on the top of the drone and attach maybe a colored piece of cardboard on the top of the stick? I just don't want one of us accidentally flying into the thing.
     
  2. phantomgaz5

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    $_57.jpg This helps me a lot. Not sure if this is what you mean? $_571.jpg
     
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  3. msinger

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    Some people wrap reflective tape around the landing gear to make it more visible.
     
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    i tried a red bicycle light on mine, but don't think it was bright enough to make it effective
     
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    I tried putting dayglow orange tape on legs and body last month.
    As soon as I was 100m away it was no better than it being white.
     
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    Teach someone how to fly it for you?

    This sounds irresponsible IIUC.
     
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    You can do anything you want. Hahaha it's your drone. ;-)

    You can even fly in the rain, if you so desire. Ha

    RedHotPoker
     
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  9. Tarzan!

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    Well, we're all gonna be flying, so there won't be anyone on the ground. Besides, the purpose of my post was to find a way to make it more visible. Which regardless of if somebody flies it or not, it still needs to be more visible than it is stock.
     
  10. Tarzan!

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    LMAO! That's hysterical! I'll see what I can figure out. I just figured I'd check here first to see if there were some good ideas. I was just at a loss for what words to search to find something.
     
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    That could work and then maybe attach some colored pieces of plastic in addition. I just feel like while we're flying around, we're gonna lose sight of it pretty easily. So I figure a combination of making it more visible, plus having it above a designated area should help.
     
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    How about a streamer hanging straight down? It wouldn't be in the way of anything.
     
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    I plasti dipped mine dark grey and yellow. It is very easy to spot from the ground with light blue sky/clouds being the background. Only time i lose track of it is if im 300+ AGL and birds fly by and i mistake one of them for my craft.
     
  14. Tarzan!

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    I was thinking about that, but figured it might possibly interfere with the gimbal or be in the frame at time? Unless, maybe I could weight the streamer just enough to keep the wind from blowing it into the video's frame...?
     
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    I like that from a ground perspective, but we're gonna be going at it from multiple angles (from below, above, head on, etc).
     
  16. fizzlefish

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    Ah alright. Well maybe the bottom half dark and top left white. Will allow the best of both worlds unless you are viewing down over water with bad sun reflection.
     
  17. Tarzan!

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    That's an idea. I don't think I'll ever have enough confidence in any electronics to fly my drone over water. haha. So that won't be a problem.
     
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    Good luck on your video. I used to fly ppg- it's a blast!
     
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    How about LED Strobes?
     
  20. Tarzan!

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    Idk if that would help much during bright conditions. Definitely would help when we're flying at dawn and dusk though.