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Micro drones legal in SA

Sunday 12 October 2014 11:25

Mariza Breytenbach

The Micro Drones comply with standard global regulations that stipulate that the drone may not leave the controller's sight.

The Micro Drones comply with standard global regulations that stipulate that the drone may not leave the controller's sight.(SABC)

Although legislation on drones are still pending, tiny versions of these radio controlled flying devices have now launched in South Africa, and they are legal.

Extreme Fliers, originally based in England, and the makers of the Micro Drone 2.0, launched their tiny geniuses at the Rage technology expo in Johannesburg for the first time in South Africa.

The use of drones in South Africa caused a great deal of confusion.  Because drones are often used for military purposes, a lot of scepticism surrounds the commercial use of drones.  The civil aviation authority has also continuously set a ban on flying camera drones until proper regulations have been set.

The Micro Drones, however, comply with standard global regulations that stipulate that the drone may not leave the controller's sight and may not fly more than 100 meters.

The founder of these little flyers, Vernon Kerswell, admits that safety is a serious issue when droids are involved.  He says that "navigation is a very serious matter, and so is privacy".

This is held in special consideration as the drones are sold with camera sets.  He does admit that the micro drones are not for professional purposes.

"There are professional drones which are fantastic and heavy duty, but these are pretty much high tech toys.”

The tiny quadcopters can fly in any direction, do flips in mid-air and stabilise themselves with the help of specialized algorithms  
The drones are being launched all over the world to bring people the magic of mathematics.  

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