Originally published on iafrica.com on 5 September 2017.
These days a wedding video isn’t complete without an aerial shot of the venue, but drone flying isn’t reserved for commercial purposes. The average joe can roam the skies with toy drones like the DJI Spark, but what are the rules?
If you’re only interested in flying your hobby drone for private use (no commercial interest, outcome or gain), you won’t need to register the drone or obtain any licences, but the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) (Part 101) Regulations still apply.
The information provided in this article is based on our understanding of the SACAA RPAS regulations and its purpose is to provide helpful information on the subject discussed. The article is not meant to be used without first familiarising yourself with the SACAA Regulations for non-commercial RPA use. The publisher and the author are not responsible for any loss, damage or any legal action taken against the drone operator as a result of the misinterpretation of the regulations by either the drone operator or Outdoorphoto. References are provided for information purposes only.
If you can clarify or expand on any of these rules, we welcome you to do so in the comment section, and where applicable, we shall update the article with reference to changes made.
And no matter how good it looks, remember that you cannot fly your drone in a swarm like Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl drone show. Any hobby drone pilot who fails to adhere to these regulations may receive a 10-year prison sentence or a fine of up to R50 000, or both.