South African DIY Drones User Group


South African DIY Drones User Group

A user group for South Africans interested in, and/or involved in, drones or UAV's or UAS's.

"Question, Explore, Get Involved"

Members: 95
Latest Activity: Apr 10

Discussion Forum

Recent changes to south african legislation. what are the implications?

Started by Hayden Wilson. Last reply by Oliver Wetmore Apr 9. 3 Replies

Hey all.So apparently the CAA has decided to clamp down on drone use here in SA.I recently read the following article …Continue

CUAASA - Commercial Unmanned Aircraft Association of Southern Africa

Started by Hennie Kieser. Last reply by Gary Mortimer Mar 13. 8 Replies

Hi All CUAASA is holding a UAS Workshop at the CSIR Campus this Friday 14 March and everyone is welcome to attend, just confirm with Louise at for final arrangements. The work done…Continue

Clubs is SA (Jhb)

Started by Anton Grobbelaar. Last reply by Antonie Kruger Feb 22. 5 Replies

HiIs there a list perhaps somewhere for multicopter flying clubs?Or do multicopters fall under normal RC flying clubs?  Reason I ask is it seems that the purists, i.e. Rc aircraft like planes,…Continue

Tags: Clubs, RC, Clubs, Flying

System recommendations Gps and Autopilot

Started by Anton Grobbelaar. Last reply by Gustav Kuhn Feb 19. 2 Replies

HiDoes anyone have some experience between the following and recommend either...APM vs PixhawkUbloc vs Naza GpsAre their any benefits that one may have over the other and are these products available…Continue

Tags: GPS, Autopilot

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Comment by Louis on May 19, 2012 at 11:15am
Thank you very much Graham and Johann for all the help this morning. I had a great time. I had my quad in the air again this afternoon and it was great. Steady as a rock !!!
Graham that wing was something to see, got get one ASAP !!

Comment by Graham Dyer on May 19, 2012 at 3:31am

Had a great morning in Northcliff, JHB, chatting and flying quads with a couple guys, Johann and Louis. Johann, that Hexa looks great! Test flew a large well-flown wing of mine with APM1 - not bad at all with the default PID's, much better than the old ArduPilot Legacy & Thermopiles (later with ArduIMU). Had 250+ flights with the old "APL" testing and trying to get it right...

Comment by John Stuart on May 19, 2012 at 3:18am

John in CT - Somerset West end. Have a few ACs, a few MKs, an FY91, a Hoverfly and some foamies. A bit of an addict I guess!

Comment by Mike on May 19, 2012 at 12:50am

Mike in Cape Town

Using UAVs for mapping.

Comment by RhinoUAV on May 18, 2012 at 10:21pm

HI everyone.. Expat here over in Auss - working on getting Drones a possibility for private game owners in SA for protection of endangered species... say hello if interested

Comment by Nicolas Larsen on May 18, 2012 at 11:42am

Hi Graham.

Cape Town :)

Comment by Graham Dyer on May 18, 2012 at 11:36am

Where are you located, Nicolas?

Comment by Nicolas Larsen on May 18, 2012 at 11:17am

Excited to see so much happening locally. Flown 3D helicopters for about 5 years (various Align trexs). Just finished building my quad yesterday and waiting for clear weather to maiden :)


VC-450 Hoverthings frame

APM2 + 433mhz 3DR telemetry 

Comment by Graham Dyer on May 18, 2012 at 9:15am

Everyone welcome, hopefully we can have some meet-ups and have some fun.

Comment by Mark Murray on May 18, 2012 at 8:13am

I'm an ex-Saffa in Cambridge UK. I have a 3DR quad with APMv2 and all the after-market add-ons; U/I Sensor, Optical flow, Sonar, Video Downlink.

I'm training for a PPL in my Copious Free Time(tm).

I Still go to Slaapstad occasionally ;-)



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