9:00-9:30 Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems : Toys or Valuable Technology

Presenter: Mr Jacques Schroder
Presenter: Mr Roelof Richter

Mr Jacques Schroder

Lt Col Jacques Schröder was born and raised in the Western Cape. In 1998 he joined the South African Air Force and completed his induction courses. Through the course of his career he completed his Bachelor of Engineering degree at University of Stellenbosch and then went on to complete his Masters degree at University of Pretoria. He has had the opportunity to work at various bases and units throughout South Africa.  As a registered Professional Engineer he currently serves as Chief Engineer for Directorate Command and Control Systems, tasked with maintaining the integrity of a wide range of SA Air Force ground systems. His passions are alternate energy and RPAS, he has been most fortunate to be involved in both those fields in his day to day job.

Mr Roelof Richter

Lt Roelof Richter was born in and raised in Pretoria. He finished matric in 2006 and joined the South African Army in 2007 where he started his military career as an Electrical Technician working on generators and various other military vehicles. In 2009 he was transferred to the South African Air Force where he started pursuing his career in the SAAF as an Engineering. The following year he started studying Electronic Engineering at the University of Pretoria. Since finishing his BEng degree he has been working at Air Force Base Waterkloof serving at 5 Air Servicing Unit, the design hub for the SAAF. His hobbies are Home Automation, Electric vehicles, Remotely Piloted Vehicles, Rapid prototyping such as 3D scanning and printing and pretty much anything Engineering related.

Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS or drones) are becoming more popular and increasingly easier to acquire, from toy systems to million rand pieces of hardware.  We will give a brief history of RPAS in the global and South African environments, from early development models to advanced military RPAS.  The current context will be discussed with current capabilities from the civilian and defence sectors being addressed, this will be accompanied by videos of exceptional achievements and capabilities.  A brief summary of the SA Civil Aviation Authority policies and requirements for remotely operating these aerial vehicles will be given.  The future of RPAS will be discussed giving the audience an opportunity to add thoughts into the many possible uses of RPAS for economic development and as a cost saving capability enhancer.

The discussion will be open to the audience at all times for addition of any thoughts and relevant information.  Audience participation will be encouraged through numerous interesting questions and an interactive presentation style.

This presentation is essential to attend if you have any interest in the world of RPAS and how they can possibly be used to enhance not only your life but of those around you.