Frequently Asked Questions About Drone Training
Does everyone who owns a drone have to have Licence?
Drone regulations in South Africa are closely modelled on existing aviation law where drone flight is separated into two sectors; commercial and hobby operations. The laws around the legal operation of remote controlled aircraft – also known as drones, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or for Remote Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS), introduced a framework outlining where and how drones can be flown, and who is allowed to fly them.
A drone or model aircraft that is used as a hobby, does not require a licence but the general basic operation rules and regulations as laid down by the SACAA, must be adhered to, to avoid prosecution. Failure to abide by the rules and regulations could result in being fined, charged and even face prosecution, under the Drone Laws for any number of violations.
How can I use my drone to make money?
One of the most common questions asked is, “How can I use my drone to make money?” or “What drone careers are available?” The possibilities are endless. Drones can be used in commercial environments to supplement existing data imaging tools to capture images of the land and structures during:
- the construction of new buildings
- new road designs
- assessments of landfills
- coastal erosion projects
- new golf course designs
Unmanned aircraft are increasingly being used in other commercial operations, simply owing to their efficiency and reduced operating expenses. They offer many options for drone careers and opportunities for businesses and governments to generate revenue.
If you want to fly a drone professionally, whether for indirect or direct payment, you require a Remote Pilot Licence (RPL). Once you have your licence you can be employed in many fields in this growing industry or work towards starting your own business.