How to hand catch / hand land your DJI Phantom 2, Vision, Plus or similar

April 9, 2014

If you have an aircraft with a gimbal, extended antennas or anything else close to the ground then catching it to land could be a good option. Done sensibly it’s a safe option provided you follow some simple rules, and if in doubt, don’t do it.
I’ve had some people asking recently how I land my Vision now it has the Rotorpixel brushless gimbal on it, or the Phantom 2 with the Zenmuse H3-3D and this is how.

As well as being a boon if you have added mods like a gimbal or FPV antennas to the aircraft it’s also useful if your are flying and don’t want to land in gusty wind conditions, on uneven or stony / rocky ground, on sand or dust, or any other time when a ground landing might be undesirable.

I’m sure there are other techniques, but this is mine! A quick talk through the process then a clip of me actually doing it. Hopefully this will help give you some confidence to try it if you haven’t had a go yet so that you can add a safe hand catch landing to your repertoire.

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