Drone licence / RPL minimum requirements

Why do I need a Drone Licence / 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 a ROC.

Before you start your training

  • 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. We will assist with arrangements for your Class 3 Aviation Medical.
  • You must successfully complete an English Proficiency Exam, which includes an oral interview with examiner. Exemptions are available for students holding degrees or Matric with English as a first language. Read more about the English Language Proficiency rating.

During your training

The following is included in your course

  • You must obtain a Radio Telephony certificate
  • 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)

SOUTH AFRICAN CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY

For more information please visit the South African Civil Aviation Authority website.

For the Part 101 Legislation, click on this link.

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