Hobby Drone Pilots score big!

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!

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 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.


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