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’m bummed. Our RISKSA TV weekly episodes have been so well re­ceived (check out our Face­book page or RISKSA.COM web­site for links ev­ery Fri­day at 11:00) that when the op­por­tu­nity arose to boost our col­lec­tion of stu­dio equip­ment with the ad­di­tion of a state of the art drone, com­plete with gim­bal mounted Go­Pro cam­era, a five satel­lite GPS with ‘home’ func­tion (if sig­nal is lost the drone flies it­self back to you), and even 3D gamer-style glasses that connect wire­lessly to the quad­copter and al­lows the op­er­a­tor a ‘pi­lot’s’ eye view of ex­actly what the drone sees from its eye-in-the-sky per­spec­tive, be­ing the early adopter that I am, I jumped at the chance to buy it. (It came barely used in great con­di­tion and at a price that al­lowed me to get it past Nicky with­out too much ar­gu­ment.) So why am I bummed? Be­cause now the ever-vac­il­lat­ing South African Civil Avi­a­tion Author­ity says that I can’t fly it. Even over my own prop­erty. Even if I’m not earn­ing money from the flight or even if I’m just try­ing to find out how the damn thing works. Not un­til they've de­cided what the rules are. Read An­ton Pre­to­rius’ piece on spe­cial­ist drone in­sur­ance in­side this is­sue on page 20. While on things aero­nau­ti­cal the Ger­man­wings flight 9525 pi­lot sui­cide left most of us shocked to the core. As the news broke in our news­room we were all con­vinced that this was an­other das­tardly ter­ror attack. But as the facts be­gan to un­fold we learned that the co-pi­lot, one An­dreas Lu­b­itz, was a lit­tle de­pressed and so thought he would end it all by mur­der­ing his 150 pas­sen­gers on the ill-fated flight. Is there any­thing left that is mak­ing sense in the world? On a re­cent flight back from Ge­orge air­port in the West­ern Cape I fell vic­tim, for the first time, to ACSA’s new carry-on bag size and weight re­stric­tions when af­ter a spot check, my carry-on bag weighed in at a sliver un­der 10kgs. No amount of ap­peal­ing could sway the determined air­port em­ployee, and so I trav­elled home with my pre­cious cam­eras and elec­tron­ics stashed be­tween my var­i­ous jacket pock­ets and my lap. Be warned, you might be next. We’re off to Tu­nisia next week for the big AIO con­fer­ence. Be sure to check out our next is­sue for a full re­port. In the in­terim, I hope you en­joy this, our avi­a­tion is­sue, as much as we en­joyed cre­at­ing it for you...

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