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Model aircraft flyers enjoy a day in the open

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Members of Area 51 Radio Controlled Flyers Club gathered at their airfield outside the city to hone their skills at drone flying on Saturday.
Pieter Bornman, chairperson of the club, said to Polokwane Observer that the club boasts approximately 30 active members and that drone flying has lately become a growing sport because it is very easy to fly a drone and that the costs of participation at entry level is rather affordable. “The cost of the cheapest drone and camera is under R1 000 and it is a family sport that everyone can afford,” Bornman said. Emmanuel Mabitsela, one of the eager flyers, said that he purchased his drone and photographic equipment three months ago for R35 000. He also uses it in his business of aerial photography.

BARRY VILJOEN
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Louis Eloff uses his Inspire 1 drone to do plant and grazing research.

Louis Eloff uses his Inspire 1 drone to do plant and grazing research.

 A drone hangs in the air above the airfield of Area 51 Radio Controlled Flyers Club.

A drone hangs in the air above the airfield of Area 51 Radio Controlled Flyers Club.