In order to prevent any potential damage to your drone during landing, dispose a landing pad. A lot of people, especially beginners, does not realize the importance of such a tool. Not until they try to land their drone in mud or grass. Chances that your propellers get caught and damaged without a landing pad here are big. How about trying to land a drone in rocky terrain? Another reason for a landing pad if you want to keep your drone safe and scratch free.
Every drone pilot, beginner or professional, will soon or later experience a hard landing or lose control during landing. It happens to all of us, and it can potentially cause serious damages to the quadcopter. Especially drones with camera suffer damages in terms of scratches or broken lenses.
Overall, a Landing Pad for your copter keeps your camera lens clean during take-off and landing. It protects rotors from tall grass and pebble strikes. It also prevents dirt from sucking through motor bearings and causing premature motor failure. And so much more.
With a landing pad for your drone or RC quadcopter, you’ll be free of many issues that could possibly occur without one.
Before buying a landing pad (5 things to consider)
Drone landing pads come in a lot of different sizes. You’ll have to address the size of the pad based on your drone. The most logic thing to do here is to look at your drone and decide the size of your landing pad based on your copter.
Landin pads come with different functions. The question here is; how do you intend to use it, and what are your demands? Do you want to carry it in your backpack or maybe pockets? Should it be easy to roll out? Easy to pack it up? Should it be very visible, or does it not matter that much?
There are many different designs to choose from. You can find square or round shaped Pads, but what’s most important is the color designs. Lighter and brighter colors are better at spotting from the air.
You want your landing pad to be waterproof, so you can land on a muddy area, wet grass etc. and in different weather conditions.
Landing Pads should provide some form of landing protection to cushion the landing and protect the drone.
(6) Take note: Before you are going to invest in a landing pad for your drone, you’ll also have to distinguish between the hobby and pro aspect. There are many professional drone owners who use drones for commercial purposes. These drones are often very expensive. If you are a professional operator, we’ll strongly recommend you to get a high-quality Landing Pad, which is bigger, thicker and more compact.
DronersGuides Choice – Top 5 Best Drone Landing Pads:
For more information about the different landing gears, simply scroll further down.
Hoodman surely delivers the best Landing Pads for drones in the market. One advantage that you’ll have with them is that you can get the Landing Pad in different sizes. The most common size is the 5 ft. (150 cm), but they also come in 3 and 8 ft.
The Landing Pad ensures a totally clean take-off and landing. The Pad comes with a carrying bag, and it’s very easy to set it up. The landing gear comes in the color red, and it’s very visible from the air and easy for you to find (camera sight). It’s easy to fold and place back in the bag too, so don’t worry about those issues. The pad is also easy to clean.
It’s a great Landing Pad for bigger and more professional copters like the DJI drones (Phantom, Inspire, Mavic). It secures the necessary protection for the more advanced quadcopters. If you’re a heavy user of aerial photographing or a business user of your drone, we’ll recommend you to buy the Hoodman Drone Landing Pad.
The second best option after Hoodman is probably this Landing Pad. With the high precision printing, sun protection, waterproof and the fact that you can use it on both sides, you don’t get a better option at this type of price. The Pad comes with a carrying bag. It doesn’t fly away in the breeze and the visibility from air is great on either side.
It’s a great pad to use for your professional and bigger drones that need a little more place and protection than smaller quadcopters.
The Pad is made out of waterproof material and adapts to all kinds of bad weather. A carrying bag also follows with the purchase. The vibrant orange color works perfectly, and the size is just enough to allow you to land and take off safely. It is a bit challenging to fold it back up, but you get the hang of it after awhile.
The Landing Pad is suitable for DJI Mavic Pro Phantom 1/2/3/4, Yuneec, Zero Xplorer, AEE, All Syma Helicopters, Hubsan Quadcopters, Holy Stone Quadcopters, Lutema and many other DIY quadcopters. We recommend you to purchase this if you’re the owner of a medium to high-quality drone which you like to protect.
The Pad is made out of soft eco-friendly rubber and has a waterproof surface. It’s very easy to see from the distance. It has a non-slip bottom surface which means that you can use it everywhere. It’s also easy to fold onto a smaller square and carry it around in your bag.
It is a great Landing Pad to use on bigger quadcopters (DJI Mavic, Phantom, Inspire). For bigger or perhaps more advanced drones, you should look for a bigger and more ‘pro’ Landing Pad (1. Hoodman).
5. Heliport Ops
The Landing Pad is made out of 3 mm thick rubber to cushion the landing and of course prevent any damage to the undercarriage of your RC Helicopter, Quadcopter, Octocopter and Hexacopter etc. It can be used indoors as well as outdoors and although the Pad is considered waterproof, it has limits and shouldn’t be used in bad condition too often.
The helipad is suitable for a ‘average drone’ – which means drones that haven’t been cheap, but hasn’t cost you’re a fortune either. If you are piloting a bigger professional drone and looking for a square formed Helipad, then you should consider the SunfyreTek instead.
Last updated 6. april 2017