Are you planning on implementing a Drone program, but struggle to justify the cost of obtaining and maintaining an ROC?

16th June 2022


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We can assist you to conduct your own legal flight operations with substantial savings

Turnkey Services vs Own Operations

The decision to implement drones as part of any mine’s workflow is not an “if”, but rather a “how and when” decision. The big question is just how to go about it in a way that makes the most financial and operational sense. If you are a smaller operation, with only two or three pilots, obtaining your ROC could prove an intensive and time-consuming exercise.

For specialist applications such a Geomagnetical Surveys or LIDAR modeling, outsourcing to a specialist could be your best option. For general day-to-day surveying and security type applications, it could be rewarding to talk to RPAS Consulting about an alternative cost-effective solution working with our ROC.

Drones Added-Value in Mining

The tremendous value that Drones add to Mining Operations cannot be disputed. Some of the most common added-value propositions are:

  • Geomagnetic surveying for mineral / resource deposits,
  • Safer surveying practices with denser datasets means quicker and more accurate data
  • Airborne LIDAR scans,
  • Progress reports and Digital Twins,
  • Blasting reports and Fragmentation analysis,
  • Engineering inspections at height,
  • Security surveillance patrols and asset protection
  • Tailing dams’ health
  • Thermal inspections on equipment and infrastructure

            – the Drone has indeed become a must-have tool in any competitive Mining Operation.

Services and Solutions

RPAS Consulting has been one of the early companies to comply with SACAA Part 101 and obtain an ROC. Doing business from 2015, we can provide our clients with several turnkey solutions to make their lives easier and be legally compliant.

We have in-house service capabilities such as LIDAR, Surveying Processing Capabilities, Thermographic Reporting, Specialized Security services etc.

Our ROC is also very strong, with the following specific SACAA Permissions in place:

  • Multirotor and Fixed Wing ratings
  • BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line of Sight)
  • Night Flying
  • Controlled Airspace
  • Prohibited Airspace
  • Restricted Airspace
  • Up to 1 000 ft AGL
  • Operating closer than 10 km to airports
  • Operating over roads, infrastructure, and people
  • Inclement weather conditions

We can deliver a variety of specialist turnkey-services to clients or assist you with getting your own drone programme in place.

Feel free to visit our website or contact us for further details.

+27 82 455 7526

Edited by Creamer Media Reporter



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