WHAT ARE THE DRONE REGULATIONS IN SOUTH AFRICA ?
- Do not fly more than 400 feet above the ground (about a 40 story building).
- Do not fly more than 500 meters away from the pilot (line of sight).
- Do not fly closer than 10km from an airport (any registered aerodrome, airstrip, helipad, etc).
- Do not fly closer than 50m from people.
- Do not fly closer than 50m from buildings.
- Do not fly closer than 50m from roads.
- Do not fly any drone more than 7kg for hobby use (up to 20kg for commercial use).
WATH DO YOU NEED TO BE A COMMERCIAL DRONE PILOT IN SOUTH AFRICA ?
- Restricted Radio Licence.
- RPL - RPAS Letter of Approval (incl.: Flight Manual , Technical Specifications , Maintenance Program , Safety Case).
- ROC - Remote Operator Certificate (Operations Manual , Security Manual , Safety Management System , Quality Management System).
- Air Service Licence (from the Air Services Council - Department of Transport).
- The drone must be registered (with SACAA).
- For night flying the RPA (drone) must be approved for night flights, including strobe lights and navigation lights.
- Must have a transponder and special approval from SACAA to fly in controlled airspace.
- Must have handheld Fire Extinguisher and a First Aid Kit.
Listed approvals in the Ops Spec (Operational Specifications): The commercial operator may have special approval to operate drones closer than 50m from people, buildings and roads, or within 10km from airports, within controlled airspace, etc.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO FLY DRONE AS A HOBBY ?
Private operations means the use of and RPA for the individuals personal and private purposes where there is no commercial interested, outcome or gain.
Private drone operation does not require any of the licenses, but the regulations do still apply.
- Do not need an RPL (Remote Pilots Licence).
- Do not need to register their RPAS aircraft.
- Do not need Ops Manual, ROC, RLA, etc.
- No not need Air Service Licence.
- Can fly RPAS up to 7kg weight.
- Can fly at night in R-VLOS only (previous not allowed for any RC aircraft).
- Can fly up to the height of the highest object in 300m of the drone (or up to a max of 400 feet, whichever is the lower of the 2).
- Can fly up to 500m away from the pilot, while maintaining direct line of sight (RVLOS).
- Need to keep more than 50m from people.
- Need to keep more than 50m from roads.
- Need to keep more than 50m from buildings.
- Need to keep more than 10km from a registered aerodrome (registered ones have letters such as FAOR ).
- May not fly in controlled airspace at all (not even with permission from ATC).
- May not fly in No Fly Zones.
- Do not need handheld Fire Extinguisher.
- Do not need a First Aid Kit.
WHERE CAN I GET ALL THE REGUGALIONS CONCERNING DRONE FLIGHTS IN SOUTH AFRICA ?