I know I have seen mention of using a helipad to take off and land on. Carpet or raised perforated pad? A carpet will reduce dust clouds that may contaminate or damage the motors. I prefer a the raised and perforated pad. The logic being that it serves two main purposes: i) reduces dust and grit getting into the motors ii) reduces vortex or prop wash Having said all this two questions. ... what do you use and, if home made, how? I have been pondering what would serve me best. Initially tried making a octagonal frame with pvc piping and stretching chicken wire across it Tried half inch and then quarter inch. The 'feet' of the bird seem to like clinging to both sigh. The frame seems a good idea but mine needs more work, method of fplding for instance to fit in the back of vehicle. Another 'project' involved using a frame topped with peg board (hardboard with holes) This works fine, need to improve my feet but they work, and at almost forty three inches wide is a reasonable size to set down on and, being octagonal, fits nicely between the wheel arches in the back of my Escape when folded. I have pondered constructing something with a tennis racquet style weave made from fishing line or weed eater line. Just a notion at the moment. Has anyone had any success in knocking something together? I would be delighted to know. If you care for details of my current pad just shout up.