Starlite Aviation Drone Training
Starlite Aviation Drone Academy has designed an all-inclusive RPL training course that will provide students with the skill and knowledge required to safely operate unmanned aircraft in a commercial capacity. We will manage the submission of your RPL applications to the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA.)
We accommodate both full time and flexible training, to cater for students who work full-time or are not able to complete the course during the set course dates. This allows flexibility to out of town students.
Our Academy is run by a team of highly qualified ground school and flight instructors, all operating within the aviation industry.
We recognise that RPAS is the fastest growing sector within the aviation industry. Our course allows you, the aspiring drone pilot, to obtain a Remote Pilot Licence (RPL) at one of our certified facilities in Durban or Mossel Bay, South Africa.
Why should I choose Starlite?
We are committed to ensuring that our students receive the finest RPL training and technology transfer, through our streamlined course material and practical training.
Our goal is to equip you with the highest level of skills and knowledge, in order to operate unmanned aircraft in a commercial capacity safely. You will complete your course with the assurance that you have received the finest training. In addition, your association with Starlite will make you extremely marketable.
We ensure that our student training is continuously updated and based on real life operational experience.
Why do I need an RPL?
You will need to apply for an RPL if you aim to fly:
- a drone for commercial use or if you earn money or gain any remuneration indirectly from flying a drone (SACAA CARs Part 101).
- outside the drone safety rules for Model Aircraft (SACAA CARs Part 94).
- on a remotely piloted aircraft operator’s certificate (ROC) and are holders of an ROC.
My RPL has expired, what next?
We facilitate RPL renewals for qualified drone pilots who hold a valid licence that is overdue. RPL certified pilots are required to renew their licence every 24 months.
RPAS / Drone Regulations
Drone regulations in South Africa are closely modelled on existing aviation law, however, RPAS is divided into two areas of operation, commercial and hobby. To avoid prosecution, these regulations must be adhered to, without exception.