Starlite Aviation Drone Training
Starlite Aviation Drone Academy recognises 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.
Our Academy is run by a team of highly qualified ground school and flight instructors, all operating within the aviation industry.
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.
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.
Besides training we handle all the RPL paperwork including your application which is processed through the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA).
We ensure that our student training is continuously updated and based on real life operational experience.
What are the minimum requirements to obtain a Drone Licence / RPL?
- You must be at least 18 years of age.
- Be in the possession of a Class 3 Medical Certificate, which must be obtained prior to the commencement of your training course.
- Be in possession of a certificate in Radio Telephony.
- Have a certificate in English Language Proficiency (If required)
- All theoretical examinations must be successfully completed with a pass mark of above 75% for each subject.
- Successful completion of the practical flight training syllabus.
- Successful completion of a skills test conducted by the Designated Remote Examiner (DRE)
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.
How much does a drone licence / RPL cost?
You can access our latest pricing for a drone licence or RPL by completing our enquiry form. On completion of the form we will send you an email containing a download link for the pricing.