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jackamick
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How necessary are landing pads for landing and takeoff? Currently I do both on grassy areas, but have heard of people using pads.
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jasper7821
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You can use a makeshift landing pad if your trying to take off in really dirty conditions. Also, sometimes you may get into a very restricted uneven landing zone. Hand catching works great with the Phantom. it's extremely easy to hand catch and may be better than trying to land on a little rock that happens to be the only level surface around.
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Aloha jackamick,

     Landing pads are great for training and to see if your IMU needs calibrating.  They are a good target.  Like jasper says though. they clean up a dirty situation.  Dirt inside the P3 can create problems.

Aloha and Drone On!
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johnsr
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A simple DIY disk cut out of 1cm thick dense foam (36 to 40 cm in diameter) is easy to carry, costs nothing, and keeps your camera clean on takeoffs & landings in grassy or muddy fields. Like Cetaman says its also great training for landing, especially if there's some mild wind. Incidentally, a white disk is easy to see from high above. Handcatching has its risks, so I like to reserve it for conditions where its necessary.
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jasper7821@yaho Posted at 2015-12-5 00:50
You can use a makeshift landing pad if your trying to take off in really dirty conditions. Also, som ...

What's the trick for hand catching?
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Cetaman Posted at 2015-12-5 04:59
Aloha jackamick,

     Landing pads are great for training and to see if your IMU needs calibrating. ...

I brought this up because I had to land in some sand recently. Wasn't too bad but I noticed a tiny bit of sand on my drone, mostly stuck on the rubber gimbal shock absorbers.
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jackamick Posted at 2015-12-5 08:19
What's the trick for hand catching?

Do it very carefully!
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It makes it easier on the Gimbal if you are in somewhat tall grass. Also prevents dust and dirt from getting in thee working parts during take off and landing.
I just bought a very nice one from tomstechtime.com  it rolls up for storage and transportation. When on his sight check out the other goodies such as contact info if lost, etc. I must say that he has extremely fast shipping. I have no association with him other than my purchase.
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I through together this little thing with a piece of linoleum for 55 cents and some yellow duct tape. I added some plastic feet (the kind for furniture on wood flooring) to lift it slightly, but I wanted something that would fit in the laptop section in my bag. Will test it out as soon as this fog lifts!
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jackamick Posted at 2015-12-5 09:52
I through together this little thing with a piece of linoleum for 55 cents and some yellow duct tape ...

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jasper7821
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jackamick Posted at 2015-12-5 06:19
What's the trick for hand catching?

There really is no trick for hand catching, I bring the Phantom back to about 5ft high and a few feet in  front of me ( I uded to fly R/C helis so I'm used to nose in, but it's a lot easier orientation wise  to bring it into you tail in)
I'm left handed so i have the radio in my left hand, just reach up and grab it from one of the legs. Hold it firmly then move the throttle to off and after the motors stop then I walk away with the Phantom.
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I keep a 3'x3' piece of plywood in my trunk. In addition to all of the reasons listed above, I don't like landing in grass, because the grass pushes on the gimbal.
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jasper7821@yaho Posted at 2015-12-5 10:14
There really is no trick for hand catching, I bring the Phantom back to about 5ft high and a few f ...

I tried this tonight at the beach.... I don't think I'll ever land on the ground again - even with my 55 cent landing pad. Sooooo easy to just catch.
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mike.wildlight
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I had this made because I sometimes take off in bare earth areas.

usually hand catch if but will occasionally land so the MME app captures appropriate reference
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JonE5
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I have been landing on the box it came with but may build a little plywood landing pad
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I made this so I could practice manual landings. 4 inch removable legs. Platform is 1/4 inch and 24 x 24 inch.

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SHamers
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Hi to al,

I am practice to do the landing on they air but I am scared to do it alone. (Because of the horror stories about stop the engine in midair - with both stick  to low corners)

Is it save to land with the landing stick left (100%)  and doing nothing with the right stick or are the engine also stopping in midair.

(Sorry - I am a carful rookie)
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quikdom
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Hand landing - Hover down to around 6/7ft just a few feet away from you  (I always have it almost just out of reach on height rather than eye level)  Let it settle, walk towards it with your grabbing hand and the opposite hand on the control left stick.  Grab the bird's leg and then left stick down until it stops.  Having the RC on a lanyard helps and will give you more options if anything goes wrong.
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gas.tube
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I just use my hard case to take off and hand catch on the way in. That way I can minimize the junk I have to carry. Works well.
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SHamers
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Ok thanks

But the engines are not stopping when you land from example 100m fast down (left stick 100% and do nothing with the right one)?

Engines stops only when you are not losing altitude anymore?
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mike.wildlight
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SHamers Posted at 2015-12-30 00:05
Ok thanks

But the engines are not stopping when you land from example 100m fast down (left stick 10 ...

That's correct.
the engines won't stop on full down throttle only (left stick) unless then aircraft thinks it landed (i.e. no longer descending).

A note of caution though in still and light wind conditions, prop wash can cause the aircraft to become very unstable. Try to keep the aircraft moving in these conditions, but be very aware of an accidental CSC.
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SHamers
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Thanks mike
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