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Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone and also referred to as an unpiloted aerial vehicle and a remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), is an aircraft without a human pilot aboard.

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Re: Drone License

Unread post by heisan » Thu Apr 23, 2020 6:14 pm

Dracos13 wrote:
Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:41 am
Sorry gents, I am way out of my league here, I am asking this question just to understand what the difference is.

What makes a drone different than a RC chopper modified with cameras etc?

Why does the drone need ROC certification and an RC chopper modified extensively does not?
The definition is not in the aircraft, but in the use of the aircraft.
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Re: Drone License

Unread post by Mouser » Fri Apr 24, 2020 8:34 am

Jayson v Schalkwyk wrote:
Thu Apr 23, 2020 12:23 pm
Being someone who has very very little knowledge about drones and drone tech etc, I do think the drone industry will be leading in many ways in years to come. We have already seen the explosion of uses and growth in recent years.

Now, I have a few questions. I am already a fixed ATP pilot. I have a fair amount of time "off" and happen to living in a predominately agricultural region of SA. I do understand and accept that to do commercial drone work a license is required and that you need to operate under a ROC.

Since I am here to increase what little knowledge I have, how viable is it being a part time commercial drone operator? Is this something that could be pursued as a part time income generating business? Being in the agricultural area (dairy and maize production) that I am, what are the actual services offered to farmers? Mapping of theirs farms? Livestock counts? cultivated field monitoring?

I have seen one aviation training organisation offering online drone training courses. Is there more than one such training school? How many of the 37 ROC companies in SA are doing training? Who are the industry leaders in SA?

Am looking forward to gaining some knowledge and reducing my ignorance to drone tech and drone industry.
Also ask around a bit amongst the farmers. I enquired very casually about a year ago in the area where I have a farm (I was thinking about suggesting it to someone I know in the area and interested in flying generally) and was told that quite a few farmers are already using drones. I don't know about training and licencing but think drones could be massively useful - if only they could pluck a test mealie cob or inject a sick animal.

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