2014
2014
2014

In 2004, business founder Gary McDonogh established Hobby Centre, a traditional radio control store. By 2010, quadcopter (drones) started becoming popular and after 30 years of flying and building RC aircraft, the business was building many types of drones.

In 2014, the decision was taken to start building an entry level fishing drone to compete against the traditional freshwater bait boat. This was called the African Quadcopter.

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2015
2015
2015

Soon customers were asking for a drone to use for saltwater fishing and that is when the Cuta-Copter was born. Cuta-Copter is a hybrid name from “Barracouta and Quadcopter”.
In 2015, we improved the design and invented the use of a shoebox vacuum formed frame. The Cuta-Copter Revo MK1 started selling.

2015 - Revo 2
2015
2015

Due to certain parts being discontinued, we had to re-design the drone and so we came up with the Revo 2 in 2016.

2016 - Revo 3
2016
2016

The Revo 2 was our first attempt at waterproofing a drone, but this proved exceedingly difficult, so we dropped that in favour of a new design the REVO3.

The Revo3 went on to become a best seller and from this point the fishing market in South Africa exploded. There were new entrants and even imitators of our ideas.

2018 - Revo 4
2018
2018

To improve things further, we designed the big lifter the REVO 4 and the smaller more efficient Matrix. These 2 drones became top sellers and even out stripped the Revo 3 sales.

2019 - EX1
2019
2019

At the end of 2019, our customers were asking for water proofing again and a camera. So the Ex1 was designed.

2020
2020

During 2020 the Covid situation caused havoc with suppliers and parts availability and business operations were significantly affected. Fortunately, we weathered the storm and introduced the famous Pixhawk flight controllers into all our products. Using Pixhawk auto-pilots has proven to be the best decision for flight safety, user features, drone stability and client confidence.
We will continue to evolve our designs to suit customers word-wide. During 2020 we expanded our international network to Australia, New Zealand, Greece, and Israel with new countries joining in 2021.
As a small business it has been a challenge to meet world and local demand, however the company continues to expand to meet the needs of anglers all over.
We hope that you like our products and appreciate all feedback.

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AIRCRAFT

Waterproof Level: IP67 canopy on main electronics chamber
Surface Buoyant: Level 2 Flotation
Drone Weight: 1720g (without battery)
Dimensions: 455mm x 455mm
Max Ascend Speed: 10m/s
Max Descend Speed: 3m/s
Max Flight Speed: 65kph (User Adjustable)
Max Flight Altitude: 40M – Set at factory
Wind Rating Typical Maximum: 40kph (21-22Knots)
Wind Rating Peak Gusts: 50kph(26-27 Knots)
Max Flight Time (per charge): 23 minutes no load (4-5 drops at 250M, 700gm bait)
Max Flight Range: 1.5km – Geofence set to 500M
Max Payload Capacity: 3.0KG (Recommended safe lifting weight 2.5KG)
ESC: 40A
Propellers: 15” carbon fibre propellers
Working Temperature: -10°C ~ 40°C
APP: SkyDroid Tower (Android Only)
Motor: Brushless/Waterproof

GPS

Concurrent reception of up to 3 Global Navigation Satellite Systems ‘GNSS’
Communication and acquisition of 4 GNSS platforms – GPS, Galileo, GLONASS and BeiDouh.

FLIGHT CONTROLLER

Type: Pixhawk mini
Processor: Advanced 32 Bit Arm® Cortex®-M4 Processor running NuttX RTOS
Sensors: IMU MPU9250 and ICM20608
PMU: PM06 V2

REMOTE CONTROL

Weight: 660g
Frequency: 2.400-2.483GHz
Range: 1.5km (unobstructed, free of interference) Set at factory to 500M (user adjustable)
Modulation: New FHSS
Working Current: 100mAh
No. of Channels: 10
Battery: 2 X 18650 Lithium batteries (Provided)

VIDEO TRANSMISSION

Range: 1.5km Max (unobstructed, free of interference)
Working current: 180mA
Gimbal: 1 AXIS
Camera: 720P HD 1280×720

STANDARD BATTERY (6S/5000MAH 22.2V LIPO)

Battery Type: LiPo
Battery weight: 651gms
Operating Temp: -10̊ to 50̊C
Charging Current: 5AMP
Voltage: 22.2V

Charger

Type: 100W Smart Balance Charger LiPo
Battery Charge Time: 60mins at 30% level

AIRCRAFT

Waterproof Level: IP67 on main Chamber

Surface Buoyant: Level 2 Flotation
Drone Weight: 1739g (without battery)
Dimensions: 355mm x 355mm
Max Ascend Speed: 10m/s
Max Descend Speed: 3m/s
Max Flight Speed: 65kph (User Adjustable)
Max Flight Altitude: 40M – Set at factory
Wind Rating Typical Maximum: 40kph (21-22Knots)
Wind Rating Peak Gusts: 50kph(26-27 Knots)
Max Flight Time (per charge): 23 minutes no load
Max Flight Range: 1.5km – Geofence set to 500M
Max Payload Capacity: 2.5KG (Recommended safe lifting weight 2KG)
ESC: 40A – sealed in di-electric resin
Propellers: 13” carbon fibre propellers
Working Temperature: -10°C ~ 40°C
APP: SkyDroid Tower (Android Only)
Motor: Brushless/Waterproof

GPS

Concurrent reception of up to 3 Global Navigation Satellite Systems ‘GNSS’ – GPS, Galileo, GLONASS and BeiDouh

FLIGHT CONTROLLER

Type: Pixhawk 4 mini
Processor: 32 Bit Arm® Cortex®-M7, 216MHz, 2MB memory, 512KB RAM
Sensors: 2 x Accelerators, 2 x Gyro’s, Magnetometer, Barometer
PMU: PM06 V2

REMOTE CONTROL

Weight: 660g
Frequency: 2.400-2.483GHz
Range: 1.5km (unobstructed, free of interference) Set at factory to 500M (user adjustable)
Modulation: New FHSS
Working Current: 100mAh
No. of Channels: 10
Battery: 2 X 18650 Lithium batteries (Provided) 20 hours flight time

VIDEO TRANSMISSION

Range: 1.5km Max (unobstructed, free of interference)
Working current: 180mA
Camera: 720P HD 1280×720

STANDARD BATTERY (6S/5000MAH 22.2V LIPO)

Battery Type: LiPo
Battery weight: 821gms
Operating Temp: -10̊ to 50̊C
Charging Current: 5AMP
Voltage: 22.2V

Charger

Type: 100W Smart Balance Charger LiPo
Battery Charge Time: 90mins

AIRCRAFT

Waterproof Level: IP67 on main electronics chamber
Surface Buoyant: Level 2 Flotation
Drone Weight: 1720g (without battery)
Dimensions: 455mm x 455mm
Max Ascend Speed: 10m/s
Max Descend Speed: 3m/s
Max Flight Speed: 65kph (User Adjustable)
Max Flight Altitude: 40M – Set at factory
Wind Rating Typical Maximum: 40kph (21-22Knots)
Wind Rating Peak Gusts: 50kph(26-27 Knots)
Max Flight Time (per charge): 23 minutes no load (5-6 drops at 300M, 700gm bait)
Max Flight Range: 1.5km – Geofence set to 500M
Max Payload Capacity: 4.0KG (Recommended safe lifting weight 3.5KG)
ESC: 40A
Propellers: 15” carbon fibre propellers
Working Temperature: -10°C ~ 40°C
APP: SkyDroid Tower (Android Only)
Motor: Brushless/Waterproof

GPS

Concurrent reception of up to 3 Global Navigation Satellite Systems ‘GNSS’
Communication and acquisition of 4 GNSS platforms – GPS, Galileo, GLONASS and BeiDouh.

FLIGHT CONTROLLER

Type: Pixhawk 4 mini
Processor: 32 Bit Arm® Cortex®-M7, 216MHz, 2MB memory, 512KB RAM
Sensors: 2 x Accelerators, 2 x Gyro’s, Magnetometer, Barometer
PMU: PM06 V2

REMOTE CONTROL

Weight: 660g
Frequency: 2.400-2.483GHz
Range: 1.5km (unobstructed, free of interference) Set at factory to 500M (user adjustable)
Modulation: New FHSS
Working Current: 100mAh
No. of Channels: 10
Battery: 2 X 18650 Lithium batteries (Provided)

VIDEO TRANSMISSION

Range: 1.5km Max (unobstructed, free of interference)
Working current: 180mA
Gimbal: 1 AXIS
Camera: 720P HD 1280×720

STANDARD BATTERY (6S/6800MAH 22.2V LIPO)

Battery Type: LiPo
Battery weight: 651gms
Operating Temp: -10̊ to 50̊C
Charging Current: 5AMP
Voltage: 22.2V

Charger

Type: 100W Smart Balance Charger LiPo
Battery Charge Time: 60mins at 30% level