Welcome to PhantomPilots.com

Sign up for a weekly email of the latest drone news & information

Red tape to help differentiate direction

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Jogle, Oct 26, 2015.

  1. Jogle

    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2015
    Messages:
    38
    Likes Received:
    7
    Location:
    Woodstock, GA
    Hi everyone. I was wondering if anyone has thought to put red tape around the front two vertical legs of the landing gear. Sometimes when flying at a low altitude where I can't see the under lights, it's hard to tell which way is forward and which way is backwards. Putting red tape on the landing gear could help with that. Any thoughts?
     
  2. msinger

    Approved Vendor

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2014
    Messages:
    18,981
    Likes Received:
    5,586
    Location:
    US
    Normally, I know which way my Phantom is pointing since I'm in control at all times. If I have any doubts though, I check out the radar at the bottom, left corner of the DJI Pilot app to see which direction my Phantom is pointing. Red tape might help if you're Phantom is close by, but it probably won't help much when you're out a few hundred feet.
     
  3. Jogle

    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2015
    Messages:
    38
    Likes Received:
    7
    Location:
    Woodstock, GA
    You are definitely right about it not helping whenever the drone is far away. I am thinking about when it is fairly nearby. I was practicing doing circles around a trash can in my yard and every now and then the landing, all being white, would throw off my perspective. Maybe it's just me! Haha
     
  4. msinger

    Approved Vendor

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2014
    Messages:
    18,981
    Likes Received:
    5,586
    Location:
    US
    Well, add some tape then. It certainly won't hurt anything :)
     
    Jogle likes this.
  5. ianwood

    ianwood Taco Wrangler
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2014
    Messages:
    4,921
    Likes Received:
    1,797
    Location:
    Lost Angeles
    It's pretty common thing to do on larger drones. I have red reflective tape on the back of my X8 and white in front. It helps for close range LOS orientation when everything else is symmetrical.
     
    Jogle likes this.
  6. GoodnNuff

    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2013
    Messages:
    1,909
    Likes Received:
    831
    Location:
    Washington State
    I had red electrician's tape on the landing gear of my Phantom 1 for exactly those reasons, to help with orientation. It helped a lot since it was my first quadcopter.