Airborne Drones

Airborne Drones manufactures complete, integrated UAV systems, and UAV sub-systems.




Street Address: Unit 23 & 24, Cecilia Square

100 Cecilia Street





Airborne Drones was established in 2013. Today we design and manufacture our own commercial drone systems in Cape Town. Airborne Drones focuses on the design, manufacturing of long range SUAVs, or Drones, for industrial strength commercial use. Long range drone products have the potential to have huge benefits for commerce and business. Solutions are developed and/or customised to meet specific client requirements. Services include support and training during implementation, as well as post implementation.

Airborne Drones is very established with commercial enterprises, both locally and internationally (RSA, USA, Canada, Middle East, South-East Asia, Southern-America, Africa) and has an extensive network of partners.

Airborne Drones services an international base of clients ranging from South Africa to the UAE. Clients include representatives from the following industries: Farming & Agriculture, Wildlife & Game, Surveillance & Security, Surveying & Mapping, Delivery & Transport and Inspection & Detection.

Until now, methods of surveying, detecting, and locating leaks in the oil and gas fields have been inefficient and costly to conduct. Workers have risked their lives to climb high-rising stacks and inspections have caused lengthy activity shutdowns. Drones are a cost effective and safe solution to all of these problems.
Drones are used in the following six (6) Areas in the Oil and Gas industry:


Obtain detailed visuals of flare stack heads where fast flight control responsiveness is critical. Without the need to climb the stacks, risk to personnel is eliminated and production time is left uninterrupted. Even inspect the flare stacks while in production, which saves money. Avoiding a shutdown can save more than $4 million. Repairs and maintenance are no longer costly and time consuming. Drones can capture in five days using a drone could take eight weeks with human inspectors.


Drones have become the most economical type of platform for the inspection of the thousands of miles of pipelines transporting oil and gas around the world. These infrastructures must constantly be monitored to reduce the potential for undetected leaks, which in the past have caused life threatening fires and explosions. With thermal imaging the temperature differences between fluid and soil can be picked up easily and oil and gas leaks detected. Hovering at low altitudes over the pipelines with special cameras and sensors, operators can send information to the assessor showing the pipe’s condition.


Working offshore complicates inspecting oil platforms, and puts workers at a higher risk. Lengthy shutdowns can damage efficiency and operations are forced to go offline. Converting business operations to using drones can help minimize these complications. Send real-time information to the operator on the rig while flying within meters of the offshore platform. HD video and still imagery can be provided from all angles – vital information that can be used to assess and plan necessary work in advance.


Currently safety checks on tailings ponds are done in person or expensive fly-over inspections that require endless safety precautions. Using drones for this application makes gathering information in dangerous environments possible and extreme weather conditions no longer have to be a barrier to carrying out such inspections.


Drones are ideally suited to help avoid the massive damage that can result from oil spills. With the use of the right sensors drones can be used to measure and quantify oil spills, with the ability to assess where the oil is spreading, how quickly it is moving in the water and the specific areas it has reached. This real-time information can determine where to send response vessels and recovers time previously spent on the process of damage detection.


The highly sensitive optical sensors that are available with drones can help monitor gas emissions over critical sites and large areas that are otherwise difficult to cover. They make surveying, identifying and correcting leaks a manageable task and with nearly 500,000 hydraulically fractured gas wells across the U.S., this task is critical. Drones help reduce the cost of carrying out such inspections and allow safe 3D mapping of drill sites, gas pipelines, landfills and other municipal operations.

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