New South African Regulations a Win for Hobby Drone Pilots:
New drone regulations that will be effective from 1 July 2015 are actually a big win for hobby drone users!
The new drone regulations actually allow hobby RPAS a lot more freedom than hobby model aircraft!
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 an aviation medical.
- 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 (up to a max of 400 feet).
- 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.
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.
Regulations for Model Aircraft:
Model aircraft stay defined as model aircraft, as defined under part 94, which is not effected by this new part of the regulations (Part 101).
- Can fly below 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.
- Do not fly at night.