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.

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Members: 126
Latest Activity: Sep 26

Discussion Forum

Pilot's wanted

Started by Graham Dyer. Last reply by Petrus Botha Sep 26. 5 Replies

We're looking for RPAS pilots…Continue

Quad 'Tuning'/Eval' assistance? > CT

Started by Gerhard Laubscher. Last reply by Gerhard Laubscher Apr 4. 19 Replies

Hi All, I am in Cape Town.Built a 650 quad with pixhawk FC Flying in stablz etc.I cannot really eval whether the kit is properly 'tuned' since I have very little experience.Is there someone who can…Continue

DJI E 800 motor+ESC

Started by Lucian Coman Jan 28. 0 Replies

Hi Guys,who knows where I can find a pair pf motors and ESC for a DJI E800 propulsion system in Jozi. I am not able to locate a shop with stock, and from ebay is taking a month. Thank you.Continue

3DR values

Started by David Pulvermacher Feb 2, 2015. 0 Replies

Can Anybody give some values for the fine tuning of the 3DR telemetry modules in Mission Planner?Some guidance would be much appreciated for  an asymetric 550 quad, mainly used for up and down arial…Continue

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Comment by Hein on May 20, 2012 at 10:32am

Hi guys.  Thank you Louis for the invitation.

This is my new bird:

Skywalker with:

APM1 2560,



Airspeed Sensor, ect.........

I want to mount my Go Pro and do some FPV flying.

Wanted to test fly it today but there was to much wind.......


This is my Hexa.

Then I also have a Quad. 

I am based in Centurion.




Comment by Murray Spoelstra on May 19, 2012 at 2:19pm

Became hooked on these contraptions end of last year. Built 3 different multirotors to date, not counting all the rebuilds. Two destoyed while experimenting with PID's to fine tune waypoint flying with unusual configurations. The 3rd one flew away and is MIA. I'm considering a tethered one next.

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 


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