Drone Regulations in South Africa
The South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has put in place, regulations that will regulate remotely piloted aircraft which affects the drone industry.
The regulations include that no drones be operated above 400 feet or flown over any person within a 50-meter distance.
The CAA’s Poppy Khoza says no drone will be allowed to take off without a permit, licenses and the operator being cleared.
“An applicant for a remote pilot license shall not be less than 18 years of age, hold a restricted certificate of proficiency in radio telephony and provide proof of their ability to speak the English language.
“The new regulations further prohibit drones flying directly over any person or group of people within the unilateral distance of 15 meters.”
Operators will have to apply for a 12-month permit or a license.
Khoza says the regulations don’t apply to toy aircraft.
Regulations will also ban drones from being flown above crime scenes, national key points and courts.
South Africa Regional Governing Body
Recreation Aviation Administration South Africa (model aircraft)
http://www.icao.int/publications/Documents/7300_cons.pdf (See article 8)
Applying for an Operators’ Certificate:
UAV Operator Qualification Requirements
“an RPA must be registered and may only be operated in terms of Part 101 of the South African Civil Aviation Regulations.”
- Commercial Unmanned Aircraft Association of Southern Africa
- SA Drones
- South Africa UAV Association for Small Aircraft
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