Whether you’re interested in trying drone flying for the first time, or you’re an old hand at it, brand new drones make for magical moments.
What is a drone?
Drones are defined as unmanned aircraft or ships guided by remote control or onboard computers. While the drones hobbyists fly are neither quite plane nor ship, there are many machines to choose from.
Before you take off
There are a few things you need to know before launching your brand new drone.
In South Africa, it’s not necessary to register your drone or obtain any licences as long as you are flying it recreationally (no commercial interest, outcome or gain) but regulations imposed by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) in relations to Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) Part 101 still apply.
These are the most important rules for flying a drone in South Africa.
Drones may not be flown 10 kilometres or closer to an airport without special permission from the SACAA
Drones may not weigh more than 7 kilograms
Drones may not be flown, without permission of the property owner, within 50 metres of people or private property
Drone pilots must maintain a visual line of contact with their drones at all times while it is in flight
Drones may only be flown during daylight hours.
The use of drones inside South African National Parks (SANParks) is strictly prohibited.
Even expert drone flyers know the best way to avoid accidents is to plan. A safe and error-free flight is the fastest way to become a full-blown drone enthusiast.
When you first turn on your brand new drone and controller, you will throttle up and back down to pair the controller. Be sure to do this on a flat surface. During this process, the drone usually calibrates its gyroscope. You can recalibrate it manually to ensure your drone doesn’t go shooting off in an unexpected direction when you take off.
Avoid flying in windy conditions. Drones are lightweight and very sensitive to wind. You are likely to crash your brand new drone if the weather isn’t perfect. This also applies to rain.
Before every flight, check your drone for damage, especially the propellers. The smallest flaw can cause an imbalance and that can lead to motors that burn out and cause crashes. In addition to the damage to your drone, debris from the crash can cause you serious injury. However, if you do need to have your drone repaired, chat with us.
Check all lights if your drone has any and make sure all other wiring and connections are secure. Inspect all attachments such as landing gear and cameras for secure installation.
Ready to fly?
All you need now is one of our brand new drones to start (or expand on) the most incredible hobby. If you’re not sure what you want or need, our team’s ready to discuss the options with you.