Sticks and stones might just break some drones… Drones crashing into the sand, propellers getting stuck in mud or ending a fun-filled drone excursion with scratched lenses. This won’t fly with us!
A drone landing pad, like the Pgytech Drone Landing Pad, is not just a nice-to-have accessory or a way to increase your level of professionalism. Even though it looks pretty legitimate, using a drone landing pad can extend the life of your drone and improve your quality of life with smoother drone take-offs and landings. Simply place the landing pad on the ground and return your drone to the exact spot.
We asked one of our expert salesmen and go-to drone guy, Gunther Swart, to share four reasons why every drone photographer needs a dedicated landing pad.
1. Protect your drone’s gimbal
To keep on capturing great aerial film, you need to look after your drone’s gimbal. Dust, small rocks and fine grass can easily end up in your drone’s gimbal when landing without a landing pad. Without a smooth working gimbal, you can say goodbye to shots from various angles and smooth footage. Drone landing pads protect the gimbal from dust and gravel hitting into your gimbal, camera and motors as well as prevent interference or collision during maintenance and landing.
“It’s a pretty penny to replace a damaged gimbal. More frequently it is cheaper to buy a new drone; some of our clients can testify!” – Gunther Swart.
2. Protect your drone’s electronic motor
Since the electronic motor is the power of your drone, it is important to keep dust, dirt sand and snow (if you are travelling) out of it. Each motor has an intake that draws in air, so when particles are drawn into the motor it can stall in flight and result in crashes.
3. Protect rotor blades and lenses
Prevent your rotor blades from striking tall grasses or small branches on your launch site. When you lay down the landing pad, the obstructions will either be removed or covered. Damage to your rotor blades/propellers often means replacing them.
Nobody wants to look scratched lenses in the eyes! When you place the landing pad on the ground, you know exactly how the terrain looks and there is no chance of landing on a possible hazard.
“It’s so easy to use a landing pad. You can literally just throw it to the ground and it flops out, ready to use.” – Gunther Swart
4. Return-to-home function accuracy
Most of the latest drones, especially DJI drones, have special GPS technology for using the Return-to-Home (RTH) feature. Return-to-Home is a mode used to command your drone to return to a home point, which is often the area your drone launched from.
By using the drone landing pad, the RTH feature is more accurate since your drone takes an image of the bright landing pad when it launches which makes it easier for your drone to return to home.
INTERESTING FACT: When shooting drone footage on the beach, you don’t want to land it in the sand, right? Therefore a lot of people try to land it on the back of their bakkie. Firstly it’s not a good idea since one mistake can result in your drone flying into the sidebars of your bakkie and secondly, did you know that the car’s metal structure has a big influence on the drone’s GPS which means that you will have to calibrate it all over again? The metal structure often changes your drone’s GPS settings resulting in your drone flying off or landing in undesirable spots.
Our favourite landing pad: Pgytech Landing Pad Pro
Features we love:
- It is lightweight and foldable which makes it easy to travel.
- It is made of weighted material, thus you don’t have to run after the landing pad in windy situations while trying to keep your drone in flight.
- It is the perfect size for hobbyists with a small drone like the DJI Mavic Mini drone, or larger drones like the Mavic 2 Zoom and Pro.
In conclusion, it is safer, easier and smoother to take off and land with a drone landing pad. Don’t let sticks and stones stand in the way of once-in-a-lifetime shots!
Have you used a drone landing pad before? Tell us about your drone take-off and landing stories in the comment section.