Drone Consulting

Over the years I have received quite a number of questions regarding multirotors, FPV racers and “drones.” Some of the correspondence led to informal consulting opportunities whereby I would help a client with his Remotely Piloted Vehicle.

These consulting activities included:

  • Repairing broken multirotors
  • Setting up multirotors to flying condition
  • Flight-training
  • Value quotations of old second hand goods
  • Sale of a client’s second hand goods at a sales commission

I have worked with several types of multirotors, I am relatively proficient in Mission Planner software and I have experience on the following flight controllers:

  • 3DR Pixhawk
  • HKPilot 32
  • DJI Naza M-Lite
  • APM2
  • Naze32

If you require any advice, consulting or repair services, please contact me. Below are a few testimonies from clients I have informally serviced in the past.


The Mechabrewers

The Mechabrewers are the winners of the 2015 Pneudrive national South African engineering design competition. The winning design submission received an all-expenses-paid trip to the SEW and SMC head quarters in Germany and the UK.

Find out more about Pneudrive, visit their website:

More about our project, see our website:

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More about us:

The Mechabrewers is a mechatronics design team from the University of Stellenbosch that was formed to compete in the Pneudrive Challenge, a national engineering design competition in South Africa. We love designing mechatronic systems through our specific and individual skill sets. Using our combined experience and expertise, we can solve any automation problem.

The Mechabrewers Pneudrive Team
The Mechabrewers Pneudrive Team: (From left) Jean Swart, Josua Blom, Madeli du Toit, Johannes Leuvenink, Reghardt Pretorius.

We undertook the project in collaboration with Stellenbrau Breweries to assist them in their production line by design a system that could potentially automate a specific process.

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The Mechabrewers team with Stellenbrau Staff

Our design submission for the 2015 Pneudrive competition was the BottleBot, an automated robotic arm intended to move beverage bottles around in a production line.

The BottleBot.
The BottleBot.

To assist with our design submission we also built a prototype of the BottleBot that was made out of wood and pneumatics. Below is a video of the prototype in action:

My Itinerary for Life

Here is my bucket list. Places I want to go and things I want to do with my soon-to-be wife, Sandi:


  • Go to Capri in Naples with my Sandi

beautiful scenery of amalfi coast of Italy

  • Go see the Northern Lights:
The Northern Lights
The Northern Lights
  • Go to Amsterdam and other small towns in the Netherlands:


  • A backpacking road trip in Bali
A temple in Bali
A temple in Bali
  • Mt. Huashan in China: Located in the Shaanxi Province, Mount Huashan is one China’s five sacred mountains. Historically, this trek was embarked on as a spiritual pilgrimage leading to a monastery near the summit.
Huashan Hike
Huashan Hike
  • Visit the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain:
The biggest religious building in the world
The biggest religious building in the world
  • Go to Menorca, Spain:
Ciutadella, the town centre in Menorca
Ciutadella, the town centre in Menorca
One of many picture perfect beaches on Menorca
One of many picture perfect beaches on Menorca
  • Go to the Great Wall of China:
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The Great Wall of China
  • Go to Thailand and eat traditional Thai food


  • Go to the Philippines:



  • Race at the World Drone Prix, the premier FPV Racing Championship:


  • Go snowboarding and skiing in the Alps:
Snowboarding in the Alps
Snowboarding in the Alps
  • Go on a Contiki tour:
A Contiki tour to anywhere
A Contiki tour to anywhere
  • Get my para-gliding license:
The view from a paraglider
The view from a paraglider
  • Climb up to Machu Picchu in Peru:
The ancient city of Machu Picchu