120m max height
50m away from people
500m max range
Only line of sight
All Drone Laws in South Africa For 2020 (Ultimate Guide)
The South Africa National Aviation Authority, SACAA developed a list of regulations for all drone users countrywide. The rules apply to both commercial and recreational drone users. The country is also considered one of the very first to introduce rules on RPAS.
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Are drones legal in South Africa?
Yes, drones are legal to fly in South Africa as long as you follow the basic rules.
Who to contact?
To get in touch with the Civil Aviation Authority, limit your reach out during official work hours.
What are the drone rules in South Africa?
Other restricted spaces are the national parks as the drones can irritate the animals with their noise. Special conservation drones are used in the parks and these require the user to have a remote pilot license and special permission to operate. Further clarification can be found on the SANPARKS website
You must have permission to fly over someone’s property.
Can I bring a drone to South Africa?
Yes, provided you personally own the drone.
Where to fly my drone while in South Africa
A look at the app will point out the areas that need attention and those that do not. Avoid going near any military infrastructure or any property of national significance.
Rules on commercial drone use in South Africa
Going by law, South Africa requires any use of drones that results in a transactional exchange be classified as a commercial drone use.
If you fall under this category you need a drone license for yourself and registration for the drone. In the event you are a foreigner with a drone pilot license, you should have it validated and approved by contacting email@example.com
The eligibility test for commercial drone use is:
- Over 18 years of age
- Good health medical assessment report
- English language proficiency
Should I get a drone license in South Africa?
Contact a registered training academy in the country. You can find them here. The license is normally in two parts:
- The theory and practical exam
- Special form
How long does my license in South Africa remain valid?
The license remains valid for two years from the date it was certified. Upon certification, fill out this form.
How to register a drone in South Africa
- Fill out this form (Form CA-47R1)
How old must one be to register for a drone in South Africa?
To be eligible for drone registration, you should be 16 years old.
Can I be penalized for illegally flying a drone in South Africa?
As with everywhere else, the severity of your punishments depends on the charge levied against you. If you are lucky, you will part with a hefty fine of 3,500 Rand. If unlucky, you are looking at 10 years worth of jail time.
What are my top drones to fly safely in Finland?
My following two recommendations are 2 great compact drones that are quite silent and also small enough to travel with and not stand out as annoying.
1.Dji Mavic Mini - The best international travel drone (under 250g)
2.Dji Mavic Air 2 - My favorite drone overall
DJI lowered it's price since it was first released.