SACAA Bans The Use of Flying Drones in South Africa

[ 0 ] June 17, 2014 |
Bye bye drone

Bye bye drone

Listen up – The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has banned with immediate effect in South Africa, the use of flying drones with mounted cameras.

It is officially illegal for any production from news to TV series, feature films, short films, music videos, and documentary productions to make use of drones as part of the gear.

The SACAA says the ban of all so-called “unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s)” with cameras in South Africa is due to a lack of regulations guiding its use and that more time is necessary to understand its use, as well as to come up with an outline of how these camera drones could be incorporated into the civil aviation sector.

Cape Town Film Commission has pleaded with the SACAA to adopt the policy for model aircraft and apply it to camera drones.

If approved, the restrictions will be as follows:

  • Flying only under 120m
  • No flying within 4.2 nautical miles of an airport
  • Flying only in line of sight of the operator (500m)
  • No auto pilot flying or night flying
  • No flying over public property and roads without permission.

If you want to hire drones for private non-commercial use you can get them here:

http://www.dronecrew.co.za/

http://dronesafrica.co.za/index.php

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