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Kopteristi
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I've bought several light systems over years for better visibility of the drone for manned aircraft's but never found anything bright enough. None of these are well visible at daytime from 200+ meters away from ground or manned aircraft. Last summer on different festivals where I was filming I shared airspace with few local Cessna pilots and after session I asked them if they noticed me and my Inspire 2 and they never did. I flew always below 150m (Finland) and they flew minimum 200 m but still it is kind of scary to look from the ground as collision looks to be close. Pilots said they definitely do not approach area if saw drone even we had 50 m cap on altitude.
Any link to really bright systems is appreciated if there is some. First priority is other aircraft's and secondary priority is visibility for the ground viewer. After fpv flight would be nice to spot copter easier.

2017-9-13
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Des_B
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Try typing " Strobon Cree" into your search engine
2017-9-14
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LW UAS
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United States
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As mentioned by Des_B, a great solution is the Flytron Strobon Cree. I purchased mine through ReadymadeRC. Another brighter solution is the DS-30, and you can find mod versions ready for a variety of drones here: https://flyhighusa.com/product-c ... ly-packages/page/3/
2017-9-14
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Kopteristi
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Thanks for suggestions!
i've been skeptical for any LED - solutions based on earlier experiences but this DS-30 seems most promising so far. Typically led - is very focused directional light but DS-30 seems to have some sort of lens to shatter light around.
2017-9-15
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DJI-Mark
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Hi, just a word of caution. Here is an issue with those types of lights to be aware  of: https://phantompilots.com/thread ... lone-lights.105546/
2017-9-16
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Kopteristi
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DJI-Mark Posted at 2017-9-16 07:07
Hi, just a word of caution. Here is an issue with those types of lights to be aware  of: https://phantompilots.com/threads/compass-errors-after-adding-strobon-standalone-lights.105546/

Thanks Mark. Compass and GPS surroundings should be free for external metal components. For Inspires it's nose and top.
2017-9-17
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ronin rs211
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Seriously what kind of an idiot would fly a drone where there are maned aircraft.?You don't need lights ya need a working brain..
2017-9-20
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Mark Guille
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ronin rs211 Posted at 2017-9-20 08:16
Seriously what kind of an idiot would fly a drone where there are maned aircraft.?You don't need lights ya need a working brain..

Very good point badly put Ronin. It is without a doubt a bad idea to fly where there is manned aircraft however, you never know when one could turn up. You could be working far out at altitude when a manned aircraft turns up, maybe lower than expected from over the tree line, if the drone is easily spotted by the pilot, an accident may well be avoided. I'm sure most pilots would prefer us to make our drones more visible to them.

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2017-9-20
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Kopteristi
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ronin rs211 Posted at 2017-9-20 08:16
Seriously what kind of an idiot would fly a drone where there are maned aircraft.?You don't need lights ya need a working brain..

Provocative post ronin rs211. Please think twice real life recreational aviation before posting such revile text.
Manned aircraft flies 50+ meters per second and is in your sight in seconds. Manned recreational aircrafts fly where they want but should never be as low as drone altitude. However there are for instance gliders and those planes are completely silent and may have lost altitude / thermals and are seeking landing field being at drone altitude as they have to because they don't have motors. Other real life issue is full scale filming copters. They fly low and it is legal. And I have seen someone flying low anyway for what ever reason.

This is how it goes and all visibility is good in aviation. I don't care if I lose drone or need to drop it for emergency action. Human life and risks for living people is what matters.
2017-9-20
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Kopteristi
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Mark Guille Posted at 2017-9-20 10:03
Very good point badly put Ronin. It is without a doubt a bad idea to fly where there is manned aircraft however, you never know when one could turn up. You could be working far out at altitude when a manned aircraft turns up, maybe lower than expected from over the tree line, if the drone is easily spotted by the pilot, an accident may well be avoided. I'm sure most pilots would prefer us to make our drones more visible to them.

Mark G.

Mark Guille, thanks for wise words.
Here we have small airfields here and there and small planes daily or even hourly visible. At summer time pretty much all the time. Mostly they fly higher but sometimes watching scenes from low, or making field landing or trying to avoid it. I've flown glider and there is much more to do than try to spot dark drones.
2017-9-20
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