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M Cubed Media
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Any Mavic Drone uses in South Africa?


2017-1-13 00:06:27
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I'm a Mavic user, based in Sandton, JHB.  Been using it for about a 1.5 months now, absolutely awesome machine
Made a little video while down in Plett this December.




Edit: Ignore my "United Kingdom" location on the left. Its due to my work VPN :)
2017-1-13 02:54:18
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Zambia also on line, look forward to seeing who else finds this.

Need some thoughts, drones get taken out by eagles here and my Mavic is just the right size so i have bought some 'scary eyes' online to stick on its back, anybody else got any ideas?

BTW maybe keep it Africa not just you dutchmen? :-)
2017-1-13 03:45:17
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Tim42 Posted at 2017-1-13 03:45
Zambia also on line, look forward to seeing who else finds this.

Need some thoughts, drones get taken out by eagles here and my Mavic is just the right size so i have bought some 'scary eyes' online to stick on its back, anybody else got any ideas?

Geeerings from SA!

Wow! That is very interesting indeed.  I thought that the noise of the motors might have kept them away!

For the record, not a Dutchman !

I work for World Airnews magazine and will be featuring drones every month, would love to write about your story if you ok with that?
2017-1-13 03:50:01
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Stu-pak Posted at 2017-1-13 02:54
I'm a Mavic user, based in Sandton, JHB.  Been using it for about a 1.5 months now, absolutely awesome machine
Made a little video while down in Plett this December.

Love the video!

Got mine just before Christmas, still getting used to all the features !
2017-1-13 03:51:50
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M Cubed Media Posted at 2017-1-13 03:50
Geeerings from SA!

Wow! That is very interesting indeed.  I thought that the noise of the motors might have kept them away!

That would be great but give it a few weeks, I'm still very new at this.
2017-1-13 03:54:46
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Tim42 Posted at 2017-1-13 03:54
That would be great but give it a few weeks, I'm still very new at this.

makes two of us! Sure, let me know when you are ready.

2017-1-13 04:51:33
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Yep! Live in the eastern cape. Ordered mine through Amazon but cancelled order after nothing for 5 weeks. Now keen to know shipping time to SA if order via DJi.com??
2017-1-13 21:54:31
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Yip also a New Mavic User Im based in Cape Town
2017-1-14 13:00:00
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Hi guys, I'm Joburg based, but travel around quite a bit, so I'm often in different places. Have had my drone now for just over a week.

@Tim42, I had a Kite checking out the drone while I was flying the other day. It even circled back to see what was going on. Wasn't sure it was going to try attack it or not....
2017-1-15 16:59:16
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fans1c917e2a Posted at 2017-1-13 21:54
Yep! Live in the eastern cape. Ordered mine through Amazon but cancelled order after nothing for 5 weeks. Now keen to know shipping time to SA if order via DJi.com??

Have you contacted DJI for a delivery time as yet?

Have you tried ORMS down in the cape?
2017-1-15 23:24:27
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fans06b6fb4b Posted at 2017-1-14 13:00
Yip also a New Mavic User Im based in Cape Town

Beautiful part of the country to fly in!
2017-1-15 23:24:48
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JLP Posted at 2017-1-15 16:59
Hi guys, I'm Joburg based, but travel around quite a bit, so I'm often in different places. Have had my drone now for just over a week.

@Tim42, I had a Kite checking out the drone while I was flying the other day. It even circled back to see what was going on. Wasn't sure it was going to try attack it or not....

Where did this happen?

I would not like a bird strike at all.
2017-1-15 23:25:38
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M Cubed Media Posted at 2017-1-15 23:25
Where did this happen?

I would not like a bird strike at all.

Around Klipriver, in the south
2017-1-16 09:40:38
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Sorry for breaking in, I'm Dutch I'm planning to travel from Capetown to Johannesburg in October this year. Can someone explain the rules in SA to me? I'm confused.
Can I get my Mavic through customs?
Can I fly without a permission/registration?
All feedback is highly appreciated!
2017-1-16 11:59:32
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Brutus Posted at 2017-1-16 11:59
Sorry for breaking in, I'm Dutch  I'm planning to travel from Capetown to Johannesburg in October this year. Can someone explain the rules in SA to me? I'm confused.
Can I get my Mavic through customs?
Can I fly without a permission/registration?

Hi Brutus
The Drone rules are very stringent in South Africa. Not sure of the scope you will be using the drone for but Here is a link to the regulations governing Drones in SA: http://www.caa.co.za/Pages/RPAS/ ... raft%20Systems.aspx
Hope This Helps
Warren
P.S one good thing is that you have the Mavic Pro which is small.
I don't think you will have issues with customs provided its not for commercial gain.
2017-1-16 12:13:40
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Beemerstyle Posted at 2017-1-16 12:13
Hi Brutus
The Drone rules are very stringent in South Africa. Not sure of the scope you will be using the drone for but Here is a link to the regulations governing Drones in SA: http://www.caa.co.za/Pages/RPAS/Remotely%20Piloted%20Aircraft%20Systems.aspx
Hope This Helps

Thanks Beemerstyle (does your name refer to your car/bike brand?)! I'm confused by the next phrase:
The remote pilot must observe all statutory requirements relating to liability, privacy and any other laws enforceable by any other authorities
Where do I find those "other authorities"?
The flying is only for personal use. As far as I understood it's not allowed to fly in any National Park?
I'm not afraid to "smuggle" the Mavic into SA, checking in for the flight back is what scares me a bit
2017-1-16 12:48:08
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Brutus Posted at 2017-1-16 12:48
Thanks Beemerstyle (does your name refer to your car/bike brand?)! I'm confused by the next phrase:
The remote pilot must observe all statutory requirements relating to liability, privacy and any other laws enforceable by any other authorities
Where do I find those "other authorities"?

Hi Brutus
The name was when I purchased my GS1200 (Bike) many years ago.....Now we ride Harleys.....Send me your email address and ill send you some more recent info. Yes you right National Parks are a NO NO.
you won't have a problem bringing the drone in or out of the country provided its used for personal use.
2017-1-16 13:11:41
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M Cubed Media Posted at 2017-1-15 23:24
Beautiful part of the country to fly in!

Yes Thanks. Ive been droning for awhile in the area. This Mavic Pro is awesome This is my 3rd DJI unit and by far the best for my needs. Even pips my Inspire 1
2017-1-16 13:14:25
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Beemerstyle Posted at 2017-1-16 13:11
Hi Brutus
The name was when I purchased my GS1200 (Bike) many years ago.....Now we ride Harleys.....Send me your email address and ill send you some more recent info. Yes you right National Parks are a NO NO.
you won't have a problem bringing the drone in or out of the country provided its used for personal use.

Great news, thanks a lot for your info!
2017-1-16 15:12:56
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Not a Mavic pilot, but I do have a phantom 4. JLP's post reminded me of the first day that I flew my Phantom on December 11 2016 when I took the attatched pic.
I farm in the Northen Cape near Kimberley.
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2017-1-23 04:52:41
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Hi Everyone. Joburg based Mavic and P3P owner. Had the Mavic since just before Christmas last year.
2017-1-23 06:20:12
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lt
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Hi guys,

From the Freestate with M600+RTK+X5. Happy flying
2017-1-24 09:40:39
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BravoFox Posted at 2017-1-23 04:52
Not a Mavic pilot, but I do have a phantom 4. JLP's post reminded me of the first day that I flew my Phantom on December 11 2016 when I took the attatched pic.
I farm in the Northen Cape near Kimberley.

Nice one! Looks like a Perigrine?
2017-1-27 19:17:46
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Is anyone here commercially licensed?
2017-1-27 19:19:55
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Brutus Posted at 2017-1-16 11:59
Sorry for breaking in, I'm Dutch  I'm planning to travel from Capetown to Johannesburg in October this year. Can someone explain the rules in SA to me? I'm confused.
Can I get my Mavic through customs?
Can I fly without a permission/registration?

Hi Brutus,

As far as I understand, if you're flying for private use, you do not require a license, As such you:

- may fly your UAV up to 144 feet (120 meters)
- must maintain Visual Line of Sight (VLOS)
- may not fly more than 300m away from you. If there is an object in that 300m that is the tallest object in that range, you may not fly higher than it.
- may not fly within 50m of people or over crowds of people
- must fly during daylight in good weather conditons (no night flights)
- may not fly within 10km of aerodomes
- may not fly within national parks

If anyone I'm wrong about anything or if anyone has anything else to add, please do.

From what I've seen,, these rules seem to be similar for a lot of countries around the world.

2017-1-27 19:31:20
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lt Posted at 2017-1-24 09:40
Hi guys,

From the Freestate with M600+RTK+X5. Happy flying

Does your GNSS work properly?
2017-1-29 06:36:38
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Anyone know anything about Public Liability insurance in SA? One of the projects I am working on is asking? Would this be easier to obtain with an RPL?
2017-1-29 06:40:45
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Russ_Wildlife Posted at 2017-1-29 06:36
Does your GNSS work properly?

Hi Russ_Wildlife

I know this is quite a hotly debated topic but from personal experience, I can say that the M600 is much more stable with the RTK. You can see the minor adjustments/corrections the M600 is making when hovering and in flight. Position hold is almost like a tripod. Wether it is worth it for normal flying, photos and video I don't know because of the cost but for our application it works perfectly (survey). Also a must if you take off and land in confined areas. I can hover around 3-5cm from the ground without a problem. It also helps when flying in areas with lot of RF interference.

Regards
LT
2017-1-29 10:00:26
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lt Posted at 2017-1-29 10:00
Hi Russ_Wildlife

I know this is quite a hotly debated topic but from personal experience, I can say that the M600 is much more stable with the RTK. You can see the minor adjustments/corrections the M600 is making when hovering and in flight. Position hold is almost like a tripod. Wether it is worth it for normal flying, photos and video I don't know because of the cost but for our application it works perfectly (survey). Also a must if you take off and land in confined areas. I can hover around 3-5cm from the ground without a problem. It also helps when flying in areas with lot of RF interference.

Hey It,

The M600 hands down is the best, I have two setups, i did have a lot of issues flying in the beginning with the Ronin MX and stability of the gimbal but have that all sorted out now. I am flying the RED Dragon's on them and we got the DRTK for certain types of flights/aerial time studies and have just not been able to get it to work but it was early stages so will give it another go this month before completely giving up on it.

Thanks for getting back
2017-1-30 00:54:47
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Russ_Wildlife Posted at 2017-1-30 00:54
Hey It,

The M600 hands down is the best, I have two setups, i did have a lot of issues flying in the beginning with the Ronin MX and stability of the gimbal but have that all sorted out now. I am flying the RED Dragon's on them and we got the DRTK for certain types of flights/aerial time studies and have just not been able to get it to work but it was early stages so will give it another go this month before completely giving up on it.

Also had initial problems but that was due to the previous RTK firmware not being compatible with the M600. Had to roll it back but the firmware posted early January works fine.
2017-1-30 03:49:44
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Checking in from Little  Port Elizabeth!
2017-2-2 01:51:07
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I'm here near Cullinan, East of Pretoria. Received my Mavic 9th November 2016. 247 flights and 398 km to date. So far, thankfully, no bumps or scratches and still original props. Very impressed with the little bird, named Kieviet.
2017-2-2 07:37:04
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Hi guys anyone lose a Inspire 1 on the 15th of Jan in the Dowerglen area, how can i find its owner using its serial number?
2017-2-6 10:42:12
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JELLYB Posted at 2017-2-6 10:42
Hi guys anyone lose a Inspire 1 on the 15th of Jan in the Dowerglen area, how can i find its owner using its serial number?

If it was not registered with the SACAA no way in finding the owner!

2017-2-8 00:26:41
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North of Pretoria here. Loving the Mav!


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2017-2-15 10:48:47
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fans1c917e2a Posted at 2017-1-13 21:54
Yep! Live in the eastern cape. Ordered mine through Amazon but cancelled order after nothing for 5 weeks. Now keen to know shipping time to SA if order via DJi.com??

DJI wont ship to SA address unless you use a forwarder like ARAMEX GLOBAL SHOPPER. Got mine off Aliepxress re-seller. Saved thousands!
2017-2-15 11:05:36
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JLP Posted at 2017-1-27 19:17
Nice one! Looks like a Perigrine?

It does look like a Peregrine, but I was informed by some falcon experts that it is a juvenile Lanner falcon.
2017-2-20 22:22:43
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Good day everyone.

I am a new drone flyer and understand about the no fly zones .
I live in South Africa and in our town there are sometimes helicopters flying as low as 40meter over my house and around town --Recreational-
There is no airfield or airport near to me and the nearest airfield (abandonded) is about 20km from me-
OR Tambo international airport is about 100km as well.
I do listen on the air frequencies for air traffic but none here were I live
Looks like some rich smallholding owners taking customers for a sight seeing tour.

Everyone these day are up in arms about "invasion of privacy" when using drones, but is this legal ?

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2017-2-21 04:16:33
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Just fly smart,,, haha.. no control at all..
2017-2-23 18:21:45
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