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More Information on South African Regulations on flying Drones here:

http://www.safedrone.co.za/legal-requirements

Retailers of Drones!

Retailers of drones need to comply with the new regulations,by informing clients that there are regulations for operating drones, in South Africa.

On the sale or re-sale of any RPA, the seller must display and provide a notice, to notify the purchaser of the following information:

Note: The operation of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) 2017/10/17

The operation of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) is regulated in terms of the South African Civil Aviation Regulations. Operations as a hobbyist are subject to the terms of Part 94,
whereas private use is restricted in terms of regulation 101.01.2 of the Civil Aviation Regulations.

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; ”

Read More Here on Private use:
http://www.caa.co.za/Pages/RPAS/Private%20Operations.aspx


Under the new Regulations Hobby Drone Pilots:

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 services licence.
Can fly RPAS up to 7kg weight.
Can fly at night (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 an aerodrome (airport or airstrip).
May not fly in No Fly Zones.
Do not need a handheld Fire Extinguisher.
Do not need a First Aid Kit.

This page applies to hobby drone pilots.
If you plan to fly drones commercially, there is a lot more to do to comply with the new regulations for commercial drone operations.
Read the here: http://www.safedrone.co.za/new-regulations-simplified

http://www.caa.co.za/Pages/RPAS/Private%20Operations.aspx


Regulations for Model Aircraft:

Model aircraft stay defined as model aircraft, as defined under part 94, which is not effected (not changed) by this new part of the regulations (Part 101).

Do not fly above 150 feet above the ground. (except at a SAMAA registered field, where up to 400 feet is allowed).
Do not fly over a road.
Do not take off or land on a road.
Park fliers up to 1kg max (see details for heli and airplane).
Do not fly within 5 nautical miles (9.3km) of an airport.
Do not fly at night.
It is not possible to fly model aircraft for commercial purposes.

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