These regulations as stipulated by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA)
South African Drone Laws 2018: 7 Most Important Rules
- For personal use only – no commercial outcome.
- Only fly over property you own, or have permission to fly over.
- Keep line of sight with the drone 121 m or 400 feet height above ground level unless you hold an ROC and it is approved by SACAA.
- Do not fly in any manner to cause obstruction or danger to any nearby persons or objects.
- Do not fly within 50m of any buildings, schools hospitals or public spaces.
- Do not fly within 10km radius of any nearby airports.
- Only fly during daylight hours, with clear visibility.
That was keeping the most important rules for flying your RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft System) simple.
These regulations as stipulated by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA):
For private use
(a) the RPAS may only be used for an individual’s personal and private purposes where there is no commercial outcome, interest or gain;
(b) the RPA may only be operated over property for which the operator has ownership or permission;
(c) the RPAS can only be used in Restricted Visual Line of Sight which means within 500m of the pilot, and never to exceed the height of the highest obstacle within 300m of the pilot, during which the pilot can maintain direct unaided visual contact with the device to manage its flight and collision avoidance; and
(d) the pilot must observe all statutory requirements relating to liability, privacy and any other laws enforceable by any other authorities.
For all other use
(a) the RPA must first be approved by the South African Civil Aviation Authority for use by way of an RPA Letter of Authority (RLA);
(b) all RPAs must be registered by the South African Civil Aviation Authority prior to use;
(c) an RPA may only be operated in terms of Part 101 of the South African Civil Aviation Regulations which includes specific requirements that the operator shall hold an RPA Pilot License; and”
Private operation – means the use of an RPA for an individual’s personal and private purposes where there is no commercial outcome, interest or gain;
Restricted visual line-of-sight* – means an operation within 500 m of the remote pilot and below the height of the highest obstacle within 300 m of the RPA, which the remote pilot maintains direct unaided visual contact with the RPA to manage its flight and meet separation and collision avoidance responsibilities;
1. It is the full responsibility of the remote pilot of the RPAS to fly his/her aircraft safely and not endanger safety of another aircraft, any person or property.
2. The remote pilot must observe all statutory requirements relating to liability, privacy and any other laws enforceable by any other authorities.
Limitations and restrictions
Please adhere to the following for the safe operation of RPAS:
1. Private operations of RPAS shall be conducted:
a. only in R-VLOS
b. with a Class 1A or 1B RPA (mass < 7 kg, Impact energy* < 15 kJ)
2. Do not fly RPA:
a. Near manned aircraft
b. 10 km or closer to an aerodrome (airport, helipad or airfield)
c. In controlled, restricted or prohibited
3. Do not fly RPA 50m or closer from:
a. Any person or group of persons (like sport fields, road races, stadiums, schools, social events, etc.)
b. Public road
c. Any property without permission from property owner
4. Only fly RPA in daylight and clear weather conditions
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