KNOW YOUR RIGHTS AS A DRONE OWNER IN SOUTH AFRICA!Hermi Davis
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There are laws for flying Drones in SA? Yes, yes there is!
Before flying your drone make sure you are familiar with South Africa’s rules and regulations!
WHY HAVE LAWS, YOU MAY ASK?
There is a direct connection to privacy infringement and camera drones.
What does this mean? Due to the increase of camera drones during the past few years, there are a lot of rules and legislation concerning where Drone users are allowed to fly their drones. So always keep that in mind!
WHAT ARE THE LAWS HERE IN SA?
In South Africa the SACAA (South African Civil Aviation Authority) is the sheriff. They make and enforce all the rules!
WHAT ARE YOU ALLOWED TO DO?
- Operate/fly a Drone (toy aircraft), or a Remotely Piloted Aircraft in a safe manner, AT ALL TIMES.
- The Drone (to aircraft) or a Remotely Piloted Aircraft should remain within the visual line of sight at all times.
- Operate/fly Remotely Piloted Aircraft in daylight and clear weather conditions.
- Inspect the aircraft before each flight
WHAT ARE THE NO-NO’s?
You may not:
- Through the act or omission, endanger the safety of other individuals or aircraft therein or any property or person through negligent flying/operation of Drones (toy aircraft) or Remotely Piloted Aircraft.
- Operate/fly Drones (toy aircraft) or Remotely Piloted Aircraft 50 meters or closer from:
- Any individual or group of individuals (like sports field, road races, schools, social events, etc.)
- Any property without permission from the property owner.
GREY AREAS FOR FLYING YOUR DRONE?
Unless approved by the SACAA, DO NOT fly/operate Remotely Piloted Aircraft or Drones (toy aircraft):
- Near manned aircraft
- 10 km or closer to an aerodrome (airport, helipad, airfield)
- Weighing more than 7 kg
- In controlled airspace
- In restricted airspace
- In prohibited airspace.
Do not fly/operate Remotely Piloted Aircraft, or toy aircraft higher than 150 ft from the ground, unless approved by the Director of Civil Aviation of the SACAA.
SA SPECIFIC NO-FLY ZONES:
- A court of law;
- A crime scene;
- A prison;
- A nuclear power plant;
- A police station;
- Military zones;
- National parks and protected/conservation areas.
- National key points;
Fly your Voyager Drone responsibly and follow these above-mentioned rules then you’ll be fine!