Quadcopter/Drone Thread

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Anyone know if the Pretoria Botanical gardens allow drones? I cant find any info saying they dont.
Ask to talk to a manager at the location- unfortunately I don't think you'll get permission....

You're right on the boarder of the Waterkloof and Wonderboom CTR's as well (Controlled Airspace from GND to A075) never mind the 50m rule
 
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It flies very well! It is very responsive and stable. I am impressed. I just struggle with keeping a stable connection. The controller is the CE version so it's wifi has been nerfed quite a bit, but even so I keep dropping signal from less than 50m. I have only gone to one spot near my house that falls within a fly zone and there is a big Vodacom tower close by, so I suspect that plays a role. There are some Tshwane wifi antennas in the area so that also might be the answer.
I'll sadly only have my drone in an unpopulated area some time next year as I'm about to go on an overseas trip.
Appreciate the update.
Can't wait to get mine. nobody has stock right now and i much prefer to purchase immediately than pre-order.
Enjoy your trip mate.
 

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anyone got that Xiaomi Mini drone?
It's only R500 on the eBucks store - wondering if it's worthwhile getting
 

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Anyone using an iPod to fly their drones? Or have used. Experience?
I fly with mine. The screen is a little bit small, but otherwise works ok. My Samsung Galaxy S6 crashed the other day when I flew with it. There has since been an update to fix the S6 and S7 from crashing, but I don't want to take any chances. I'm planning on buying a Galaxy S10 when I'm in Qatar in two weeks time, but I have read some people experiencing compatibility issues with the DJI app and Android 10. I'm sure that will be resolved easily enough though.
 

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Quick one. So Mavic Air was stolen, lucky insurance will cover. The question is. Should I get the air or the mini. Need to see how much they will cover
 

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Quick one. So Mavic Air was stolen, lucky insurance will cover. The question is. Should I get the air or the mini. Need to see how much they will cover
Tough call, the mini is [slightly] smaller and has a longer flight time, but you sacrifice 4k video along with speed and range...

I'd probably get another Air considering all the extra batteries I'd have along with the other accessories.
 

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Tough call, the mini is [slightly] smaller and has a longer flight time, but you sacrifice 4k video along with speed and range...

I'd probably get another Air considering all the extra batteries I'd have along with the other accessories.
Yeah was super happy with the Air. Not too phased with the speed. What draw me to the mini. Is it smaller and quieter! And longer flight times but will miss the 4K and also the custom controls
 

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Yeah was super happy with the Air. Not too phased with the speed. What draw me to the mini. Is it smaller and quieter! And longer flight times but will miss the 4K and also the custom controls
Yeah, it's not that much smaller though. 20mm or so IIRC in length. The MAS props made a significant difference in terms of the noise. Unfortunately I took a chunk out of one of the props the other day so I need to order more. :eek:

EDIT - Mini: Folded: 140×82×57 mm vs Air: 168×83×49 mm
 

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The Air is also built a fair amount sturdier than the Mini and will probably hold up to a crash better. I also think the range is a bit better on the Air but I have not had the opportunity to test this theory. I think they nerfed the Mini controller rather hard. Or maybe my Pro controller has made me to comfortable. But make no mistake the Mini is great fun. The sound on the Mini also doesn't make me have flashbacks of my Dentist's chair and for me that is a big win.
 

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Thanks for the tips peeps. Waiting for insurance!. The buggers stole the drone and nothing else. They didnt even take the controller or cables :) Leaning towards keeping the AIR
 

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Quick one. So Mavic Air was stolen, lucky insurance will cover. The question is. Should I get the air or the mini. Need to see how much they will cover
The Air is a better drone. Image quality and dynamic range is also better, never mind speed and range.
 

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I'm struggling with my Air. She flies very stable but whether im in the city or in the middle of the freestate on a farm, I get the "Strong Aircraft Interference" warning at like 100m. Sometimes even 60m away.

I was literally in the middle of a mielie field with nothing around me for KM. At 600m i lost video and got signal warnings from about 400m away. Thats really not much range according to what i'm seeing people get :(
 

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I'm struggling with my Air. She flies very stable but whether im in the city or in the middle of the freestate on a farm, I get the "Strong Aircraft Interference" warning at like 100m. Sometimes even 60m away.

I was literally in the middle of a mielie field with nothing around me for KM. At 600m i lost video and got signal warnings from about 400m away. Thats really not much range according to what i'm seeing people get :(
Switch it to fcc mode.
 
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