Drone Distance...

Norrad

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Back in the day I let my APM powered drone fly all the way from Port Alfred to Grahamstown and back, but then the regulations came out requiring that you need to be able to see your drone at all times and not go above 400 feet :crying:
 

PhireSide

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Back in the day I let my APM powered drone fly all the way from Port Alfred to Grahamstown and back, but then the regulations came out requiring that you need to be able to see your drone at all times and not go above 400 feet :crying:
Are you from the Ndlambe area? Stayed there for a while and then in Gtown for a couple of years too. The folks still stay in PA though
 

Norrad

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Are you from the Ndlambe area? Stayed there for a while and then in Gtown for a couple of years too. The folks still stay in PA though
Yeah, I spent my high school years in the area and just moved back last year :)
 

agentrfr

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Hi,

Can anyone tell me what's the furthest distance a Drone can be flown? This is of course to be used personally and in a public area....
I do know that different drowns fly different distances, just not sure if there are any regulations around it all. I've just recently started off with a 150 to 200M distance drone but I'm sure I'd be bored flying it soon.
/necro. I was looking for the other drone thread and saw the question so thought I'd answer it

Far. Technically they must be line of sight, but FPV is a thing and can be argued that flight is always in line of sight as long as there is video feed (legally grey area, would have to be tested in court first)

My whoops can go ~ 1km before they lose video when transmitting at 100 mW. I have a bigger cinewhoop (3 inch) with 800 mW video that is left-hand polarised and can go about 4 km if there is nothing in the way (great for surfing mountain sides)

5 inchers with 1 W transmitters are also about 4-5 km. You can go all the way to about 10 km with the proper equipment, though anything more than 5 km and you need expensive equipment for your radio transmitter to stay in control. At this range drones dont really make much sense given their low relative efficiency, so people tend to use wings for extreme long range (10-100 km)

Note above I am talking about 2.4 GHz for radio transmitter and 5 GHz for video. We are not allowed to use any other radio bands (with any meaningful power output) since in SA 900 MHz is owned by Telkom/CellC (I cant remember who) and you'd knock out all cellphones and LTE and internet for everyone for kms if you flew in those bands
 
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