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South Africa signs new drone rules into law

http://traveller24.news24.com/News/Flights/SA-signs-new-drone-rules-into-law-20150517

Americans are deeply sceptical that the benefits of the heralded drone revolution will outweigh the risks to privacy and…

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Added by Christiaan van Vollenstee on May 17, 2015 at 11:00pm — 12 Comments

X-UAV at 2015 Beijing Expo

X-UAV had a stand at the Beijing expo displaying their new MFM material and showing off the difference between EPO and MFM.

The latest products, MFM (new materials), Comparing EPO and EPP, it is completely changes in technology and function.…

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Added by Christiaan van Vollenstee on May 6, 2015 at 11:30pm — 16 Comments

Hobbyking 500mw telemetry 433/915

Hobbyking has done it again and have gone that step further.

500mw telemetry modules for amp/px4 and pixhawk is a reality.

Features: 

• Interchangeable air and ground 433MHz modules

• Micro-USB port

• 6-position Molex…

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Added by Christiaan van Vollenstee on March 23, 2015 at 4:19am — 48 Comments

Introducing the latest ONE from X-UAV

The ONE is the latest design in UAV technology from X-UAV. They are using a high fibre material and it features a servo driven camera stabilization gimbal in the nose.

The is what X-UAV said regarding this new material :

We have strong confidence on this new…

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Added by Christiaan van Vollenstee on January 14, 2015 at 12:30am — 24 Comments

DJI T600 Inspire - Hobbyking

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__75615___PRE_ORDER_DJI_T600_Inspire_1_Quadcopter_with_4K_Camera_and_3_Axis_Gimbal.html

This DJI mutirotor is going to flood the market and with a price tag of $2,899.00 will…

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Added by Christiaan van Vollenstee on November 14, 2014 at 5:25am — 66 Comments

Flite Test Drone discussion

Added by Christiaan van Vollenstee on August 4, 2014 at 1:09am — No Comments

DIY Drones Vodcast Episode 8 featuring Lester Haines from The Register's LOHAN project

Hi All, In the next show of DIY Drones Vodcast we have a project that we have have been following a while on the DIY drones blog post section and this is LOHAN (Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator) from The Register. We are glad to say that Lester Haines will be our new guest on the…

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Added by Christiaan van Vollenstee on June 23, 2014 at 1:00am — No Comments

My 3D Printed accessories

I have designed a couple of 3D printed accessories and would like to share them with the community.…

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Added by Christiaan van Vollenstee on May 9, 2014 at 1:00am — 9 Comments

X-UAV Skua

X-UAV has released a new UAV platform called the Skua. I will try and get one for some review.

Wingspan: 2100mm

Length: 1150mm

Flying Weight: 2500g-3000g

WingArea:55d㎡

Wingload: 45~55g/d㎡

RECOMMEND DRIVE SYSTEM

Drive System: 3720…

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Added by Christiaan van Vollenstee on April 11, 2014 at 6:36am — 14 Comments

DIY Drones Vodcast Episode 7 featuring EMLID Creator of NAVIO

Hello, My next guest will be the creator of the NAVIO board, EMLID. 

We will be airing live on our Google Plus Page today at 16:00 GMT.

If you are in…

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Added by Christiaan van Vollenstee on April 9, 2014 at 5:19am — 4 Comments

X-UAV Talon Wing Extensions

I got my first shipment in for the Talon's extension wings and it looks promising. The only thing I am afraid of is that the main wing is a bit loose now  but I will make a plan before I fly.…

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Added by Christiaan van Vollenstee on April 3, 2014 at 11:41pm — 13 Comments

South Africa CAA Gave a warning to all South Africans flying sUAV's in civil aviation airspace

CAA to hit illegal drone flyers with hefty fines

 

Johannesburg - The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) is set to clamp down on the illegal flying of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), or drones, in civil airspace.



According to a statement sent out by SACAA, the move was prompted by recent reports of…

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Added by Christiaan van Vollenstee on April 3, 2014 at 5:00am — 30 Comments

X-UAV Quad Copter Frame called LOTUS

I am pleased to announce the first multirotor frame X-UAV has launched. It is all made of foam so the weight is kept to a minimum and  at a Price of $32 for the kit one can afford to crash it every now and gen.

Once my shipment has arrived I will build one of these oaks and do a review…

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Added by Christiaan van Vollenstee on March 14, 2014 at 12:52am — 7 Comments

X-UAV Talon Accessories

Hello All

X-UAV has released the following accessories for the Talon to me.

Gopro Brushless Gimbal

Wing Extensions (15cm)

Landing Wheels

Transparent Dome (angled)…

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Added by Christiaan van Vollenstee on March 14, 2014 at 12:41am — 3 Comments

DIY Drones Vodcast Episode 6 featuring Raphael Pirker (Trappy) from Team Black Sheep

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Hello All, I had the wonderful opportunity to have Trappy as my guest on the DIY Drones Vodcast.

Added by Christiaan van Vollenstee on March 12, 2014 at 11:25pm — No Comments

DIY Drones Vodcast Episode 6 featuring Raphael Pirker (Trappy) from Team Black Sheep

Hello All,

Once again I have the wonderful privilege to have another guest on the DIY Drones vodcast and for episode 6 of the DIY Drones Vodcast I will be chatting with Raphael Pirker or better known to us as Trappy.

We will be airing live on our …

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Added by Christiaan van Vollenstee on March 10, 2014 at 2:30am — 1 Comment

DIY Drones Vodcast Epsidode 5, Trent from MyGeekShow

Hello All, I had the great pleasure on having Trent from MyGeekShow as a guest on the DIYDrones Vodcast. Here we talked about his mission of flying over USA as well as the hurdles he had to overcome to be in the position he is today with knowledge and experience of his drones.

Enjoy.

Christiaan

Added by Christiaan van Vollenstee on January 16, 2014 at 2:52am — 9 Comments

DIY Drones Vodcast Episode 5 featuring Trent from MyGeekShow

Hello All,

It is that time again where we have another diydrones vodcast on Google hangouts (diydronestv@gmail.com) and in this episode I am glad to have Trent from…

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Added by Christiaan van Vollenstee on January 14, 2014 at 12:00am — 3 Comments

NIR Images in the Makgadikgadi

Hello,

I was touring the makgadikgadi this December in Botswana and here is some interesting Raw NIR images I have taken.

Here are some boabab trees in the NXAI salt pans…

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Added by Christiaan van Vollenstee on January 7, 2014 at 12:06am — 20 Comments

Stingray 500 a collective pitch multirotor

 

This multirotor has the ability to go full 3D flight at an amazing speed. It is going to revolutionize the multirotor world.

Features:

  • Unique Fully Aerobatic Quad
  • Higher performance 3D flight…
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Added by Christiaan van Vollenstee on December 8, 2013 at 11:30pm — 34 Comments

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