Senwes Scenario Junie / Julie 2015 - Page 16

••• KO L LI G that con on the screen and in a matter of split seconds we are looking at an aerial view of his property which spans 1860 hectares for crop production and 2648 hectares for grazing (inclusive of hired land). Ashley uses Google Earth as a management tool. He shows me how he uses an area calculator and how he decides where the fences will go, how to accommodate run off ditches, separating grass types etc etc. The one thing that is crystal clear is that this man knows his technology and he makes it work for him. “So do you think drones are the future,” I ask, hoping to throw him a curve ball. “Pfff,” he replies. “I prefer my Gyrocopter. I fly over my land regularily in just over an hour, where as doing it in the bakkie would take more than a day. Ja but what about drones? Well I think they definitely have a role to play, but there are two issues around drones that all aviators are struggling with. A unmanned flying object does not give a position report and does not do radio calls, so how would a manned aircraft know where an unmanned drone is flying around. I don’t want to fly into one with my Gyrocopter. And the other thing is you need to be able to see the drone while operating it, which will limit its range.” So mu