South Africa’s 1st CAA approved legal Tethered drone operations

South Africa’s 1st CAA approved legal Tethered drone operations

Purple Turtle Aviation Port Elizabeth, South Africa’s 1st CAA legal home-grown drone operator is also South Africa’s 1st CAA approved tethered drone operator.
This is significant as it allows Purple Turtle Aviation UAV and drone services, to fly drones without the need to land every 15 or 20 minutes to change batteries with CAA’s approval.


Drone flights in the hours are possible now opening up unique drone-based applications no longer limited by flight time.


We are now able to offer the Drone Tethered flight system on our CAA Approved TRUE live broadcast drone, offering the extended flight times of the tether coupled with True live broadcast drone.


The Purple Turtle Aviation, South Africa, True Live broadcast drone offers
•    Camera RCP control
•    Vislink HD video link
•    SMTPE link to OB truck
•    20 years broadcast experience in production and engineering
•    11 years Real world aviation experience.


The Live broadcast drone is ideal for all outside broadcast, sports, reality TV productions where broadcast quality and work flow is needed. Quality without compromise.


Contact us today and let us know how we can help you take your production to new heights.

Port Elizabeths 1st legal drone ROC company

Purple Turtle Aviation is pleased to announce that after 2.5 years of push we are now Port Elizabeth, South Africa’s 1st legal home-grown CAA approved ROC drone operator. 100% PE, not an import from another province, Proudly Eastern Cape.


This means Purple Turtle Aviation can supply legal, safe and approved drone-based services in Port Elizabeth, South Africa as well as in the rest of South Africa and Africa.

Legal drones mean customer is protected by quality audited services that are safety and security focused and fully legally compliant.
Purple Turtle Aviation legal ROC is able to offer a selection of video-based drone services, from general pictures to HD video inspection with 20x Optical Zoom HD cameras to get you close to what you need to see safely. To our country 1st Live Broadcast drones built from the ground up to be 100% true live outside broadcast capable.

We also work with clients to develop custom drone-based solutions to the clients unique specifications.

To find out more contact Purple Turtle at OR contact US

Benefits of a Live Broadcast drone vs off the shelf DJI drone products by Purple Turtle Aviation Drone Services

With the explosion of drones into the world applications for them have popped up in many areas especially TV.
Till recently drones in live broadcast posed several challenges and limitations as majority fo drones are off the shelf DJI drones.
These drones although they may offer HD-SDI outputs do not fit well into the broadcast workflows especially when using Outside Broadcast vans.


Purple Turtle Aviation, UAV and Drone Services, South Africa has the solution for the Real true broadcasters needs from a drone, our Live Broadcast Drone.
Built from the ground up with Live Broadcast workflows in mind our Live Broadcast drones in South Africa offer the stability, quality and control that is expected from broadcast infrastructure with ZERO compromise.


Some of the unique feature of our Live Broadcast Drones are
•    RCP Integration for drone camera to OB truck
•    Vislink air to ground link for highest stability in full HD
•    Broadcast camera with broadcast senses
•    Remote zoom, focus controls
•    CAA licensed legal drones
•    Public liability insurance (only available to legal drone operators)
•    20 Years Broadcast engineering experience
•    11+ years aviation experience


Contact Purple Turtle Aviation UAV Drone Services, UAV and Drone services, Port Elizabeth, South Africa today to find out how our live broadcast drones can be used in your next live production or reality show.

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Broadcast Drone Hire in South Africa for Outside Broadcast and Reality TV

Hire a Live Broadcast Drone for Live Outside Broadcasts, Drone Newsgathering and Reality TV, designed for the demanding broadcast environment and not a drone off the shelf.

More productions now want to use live broadcast drones but using them legally can be complicated without a CAA licensed and insured legal drone service provider, this has limited Drone use in Live outside broadcasts till now.


Purple Turtle Aviation’s UAV Drone Services, South Africa is here to help change this with their dedicated custom-built broadcast drones offering broadcast quality, stability and dependability required for live broadcast quality outside broadcasts and productions.


Hiring a Purple Turtle Aviation Broadcast drone (or DNG Drone Newsgathering drone) means you get professional stable video not possible with off the shelf drones today.
Over 20 years serving the international broadcast industry and over 11 years in Aviation we are uniquely positioned to offer broadcast drone hire in South Africa and internationally that meets the standards and needs of leading broadcasters around the world.
That coupled with Outside Broadcast Truck (OB) integration via RCP, broadcast quality cameras and lenses, makes our international drone broadcast services solution the perfect choice.


Operating in South Africa and Globally Purple Turtle Aviation brings cutting edge drone-based broadcast solutions to the world, making stable, quality drone broadcasting a reality.


To Hire Purple Turtle Aviation Broadcast Drone services contact us today to find out more and make your next Outside broadcast or reality show that much more gripping with stunning aerial broadcast drone live links. And if you want to know more about our UAV Drone Broadcast services and solutions visit us at

Challenges with Drones for Live Broadcast OB Television

Drones are changing the way we do everything. Live Broadcast TV and Outside Broadcast are no different. Drones are able to give never before seen shots without the crazy high costs of helicopter hire.


BUT majority of drones are designed for hobbyists and not broadcasters and the demanding needs for quality and stability now limits the full integration and use into regular outside broadcast workflows.


Some of the major challenges with consumer and even prosumer drones being used in the Live Video, Broadcast environment is as follows:


 1.       Quality of video link


The HD video links from domestic drones are designed to give then pilot a view of what’s being done while recording high quality video to removable media on the drone. Thus, the quality and stability of the HD video link is well below that desired for broadcast and is used for reference purposes only.


2.       Wi-Fi Congestion


With more and more devices on the 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz frequency band all consuming more and more bandwidth it creates bandwidth connection issues. This results in drop out, artefacts and loss of video links.


Since the drone video links are not designed to manage this well they become less dependable at big events where many people are gathered compared to licensed band frequencies.


 3.       Lack of ability to integrate into Outside OB workflows


Most drones including DJI etc were never designed to be used in the professional broadcast environment so lack the ability to fully integrate into the traditional outside broadcast workflows making their use less desirable as they lack the dependability


4.       Global Drone laws Governing the use of drones in general and in the Broadcast TV areas.


Regulatory challenges in legal safe commercial broadcast drone operations is one of the single biggest challenges. Use of a Live Broadcast Video drone is not as easy as just flying it as a lot of permissions and permits are required. This requires a lot of planning beforehand as well as Civil Aviation Permissions which means not just anyone can do it.


The uses for live broadcast drones and even DNG drones (Drone Newsgathering) are out there but are severely limited by the above.


Purple Turtle UAV drone services, South Africa has recently released their full live broadcast drone for Outside broadcast drone use as well as DNG (Drone Newsgathering)


Being Licensed by the South Africa Civil Aviation authority allows Purple Turtle Aviation, UAV Drone Services South Africa to offer a niche broadcast drone service customised for the demanding Live Outside Broadcast Environment.


Purple Turtle Aviation drones are not off the shelf and are custom built to outside Broadcast Needs.


Contact Purple Turtle Aviation, UAV Drone Services, South Africa today to find out more and change the way you do Outside Broadcast video. Also Visit us at


The Dawn of Drone News Gathering (DNG) in South Africa

Drones are exploding with unique eye in the sky and Point of View (POV) shots for multiple different applications. Drones have changed the way broadcast TV does things. No longer are expensive helicopters required to get breath-taking shots. The Broadcast Drone is here.

Television news and reporting on news stories opens the new options for broadcast drone uses, with Drone News Gathering (DNG) reporting taking viewers to the action not possible to see before.

Journalists can launch their broadcast news drone from where they are at and capture breaking news like never before.

But as with all new things this opens a can of worms on privacy and other laws. In many counties drone usage has been regulated to try protect privacy and safety.


South Africa is no different Civil Aviation South Africa ( was the 1st in the world to bring out the drone aviation laws, Part 101 which regulates how drones are used in South Africa.


The drone laws breaks drone use into 2 categories,
1- Home use, happy snappy selfies,
2- Commercial use.

Happy snapper drone users still have to follow the drone laws as to where they can fly.


All other uses are commercial and require CAA approval before flights can be done.
This process is not quick and can take over 2-3 years at best.


Purple Turtle Communications and SNG, having over 20 years’ experience in Broadcast TV and News services around the world is proud to announce that we are able to offer LEGAL News Drones in South Africa via Purple Turtle Aviation UAV Drone Services, Port Elizabeth, South Africa.


The drones are designed for LIVE news coverage via drone and not just recorded, take your breaking news LIVE from a drone and show news events like they have never been seen before.
Our Broadcast TV and News drones offer different options from extended flight times to unlimited flight time solutions allowing unique tools for unique news coverage situations.


Contact Purple Turtle Aviation and UAV Drone services South Africa today at to find out more.

Live Broadcast Drones, bringing Professional Broadcast Quality, drone based solutions to Live Broadcast Television in South Africa

Purple Turtle Aviation’s UAV and Drone Services South Africa is pleased to announce another 1st in the region in our Broadcast quality Professional Live Broadcast drone for Broadcast Television and high end tv/film shoots.

The current problem with many of the drones on the market is they lack many of the technical standards, quality and versatility required in the demanding live broadcast TV production work flows. Because of this drone in live broadcasting have never really been taken seriously, Until our Live Broadcast TV drone.


The problems off the shelf drones suffer from are:

  1. Poor quality video link that are susceptible to breakup and interference from Wi-Fi in the area.
  2. Below par lenses quality lacking for broadcast demands
  3. Inability to control the camera on the drone from a CCU and RCP in the Outside Broadcast Truck.
  4. Inability to have focus and zoom functions that are worthwhile on smaller drones
  5. Limited flight times of off the shelf drones

Enter the Purple Turtle UAV and Drone Services, South Africa’s new Live Broadcast Drone offering:

  1. CCU control via custom RCP to allow for Colour control, iris and other camera setup and control from inside the OB truck
  2. Zoom lenses on the drone with focus control to allow depth of field to be used for better effect.
  3. Solutions with unlimited flight times as well as expended flight times for free flight
  4. 4k Broadcast quality Pro-res video quality
  5. Broadcast quality live video link from drone with professional broadcast systems used by many of the world outside broadcast trucks currently.
  6. 20 years in broadcast industry experience behind Purple Turtle Aviation

The Purple Turtle Aviation Live Broadcast Drone for TV is ideally suited for any live outside broadcast, sports, reality TV and anywhere else you want to give your production a different look without the massive costs of helicopter rental.

Solutions are customised for each production to help customers achieve their targets and objective sin the best possible manor.


Contact Purple Turtle Aviation, UAV and Drone Services, Port Elizabeth, South Africa to find out more. Or visit our website for more information.


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Drone Law in South Africa how do I hire legal drone pilots like Purple Turtle aviation uav drone services

So, a question we get often is why do I need a CAA licensed drone operator with a ROC when I can just do it myself. Good question. Lets have a deeper look into this to understand it better.

The current laws in South Africa covering RPAS Drone UAV usage limits the use of drones especially for commercial use.
So happy snapper drones can fly without licensed BUT can’t do anything for reward, they also must follow some of the basic drone laws that dictate where they can fly for safety and privacy reasons.

Civil Aviation Regulation 101 states:
(a)   The RPAS may only be used for an individual’s personal and private purposes where there is no commercial outcome, interest or gain;
(b)   The pilot must observe all statutory requirements relating to liability, privacy and any other laws enforceable by any other authorities.
For all other use  (commercial)–a RPA must be registered and may only be operated in terms of Part 101 of the South African Civil Aviation Regulations.
It goes on further to explain where a recreational or licensed operator may fly:

Unless approved by the SACAA, DO NOT fly/operate Remotely Piloted Aircraft or toy aircraft:
•    Near manned aircraft
•    10 km or closer to an aerodrome (airport, helipad, airfield, remember every hospital has a helipad.)
•    Weighing more than 7 kg
•    In controlled airspace (airport)
•    In restricted airspace (harbours, power plants, prisons, police station, courts of law, key points etc)
•    In prohibited airspace.
•    Within 50m of people or buildings

As you can see the laws are limiting, annoying BUT responsible as none of us want to wake up to a drone looking into our window.
The reality is base don the above to get legal drone footage or use you will require operating with a legal drone operator who has a value ROC and licensed with CAA.

It’s quite simple to determine this. Simply ask them to show you the following documents:
1.    CAA issued ROC (remote operating Certificate)
2.    Dept Transport issued ASL (Air Services License)
3.    CAA Issued RLA (remote letter of approval) for the drone.
4.    CAA approved OP Spec
5.    Copy of Legal Operators Operations manual on site
6.    Proof of insurance of aircraft and public liability cover
7.    Registered aircraft (ZT-xxx) displayed on aircraft
8.    ICASA issued Radio station license for the aircraft being used

All of these are legal requirements to be with any legal drone operation.
An operator saying they have applied for their ROC is still an illegal operator until the day he has been approved by CAA and can supply all the above documents.
So many then say they will just take the risk and use illegals. Would you employee illegal staff, and pay for illegal services? This places you at risk.
Illegal drone operators are not insured, if they say they are they are simply lying to you to get your business as no insurance company will insure illegal operations.

Working with legal drone companies you can be assured of quality and accountability and reducing your risk an exposure many times over.

Contact Purple Turtle UAV and drone services today to find out how we can help you with legal above board accountable drone services.
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Info needed to conduct a legal drone RPAS flight in South Africa with Licensed ROC and Purple Turtle Aviation cc


So, you want to have a drone job done for a project you have in the Eastern Cape or anywhere else in South Africa for that matter.

You have taken careful time to find Purple Turtle Aviation UAV and Drone Serviceswho is a LEGAL CAA Licensed ROC holder and operator. Licensed legal drones offer you something illegal fly by nights can’t and that is all Legal drone operations carry public liability insurance which is not available to illegal non-CAA approved operators.

PLUS CAA’s required and audited Quality and Safety Management systems ensures that legal drone operations done by Purple Turtle Aviation UAV and Drone Services are done at the highest possible standards to reduce risks to yourself, your people and property.

So what info will be needed for a drone job. Below is a basic list of information required to conduct a legal safe responsible drone flight in line with (CAA) Civil Aviation South Africa’s requirements:

  1. Address of site (GPS info useful as well)
  2. Dates to be flown
  3. Type of Drone/RPAS flight needed
  4. Signed site permission form signed by Property owner and tenants (here applicable)
  5. Confirm if flight is within 50m of a road or building
  6. Confirm if flight is near or over gathered people and if so please supply details
  7. Confirm if flight will be near state key point, prison or police installation

From this information Purple Turtle Aviation UAV and Drone Services will be able to do a desktop assessment on the viability and risk profile of the given flight and be able to discuss options available for your requirement.

There may be some cases where 100% of what you require may not be legally possible or safe to do but we will advise you of this as well as options we can look at implementing to try mitigating Drone flying risks for your requirement. Failure is never an option and we believe every problem has a unique solution that we must take time to look for, for you.

Purple Turtle Aviation UAV and Drone Services takes care of most of the tone of paperwork required for each flight, so the client does not have to worry to much about that, we are here to make it simpler and above board.

Purple Turtle Aviation UAV and Drone Services can customise solutions to clients needs and objectives be it sensing or video or any other unique out of the box requirement you have.

Our strengths are developing new applications and solutions for Drone usage. We hate cookie cutter solutions as we recognise that every client is unique and has unique needs they need filled. One size does not fit all.

We lead through innovation in technology from Broadcast to Aviation and Drone and UAV services.

Contact us today to find out more