Drone Laws

Drone Laws

We are operated by Drone Media a division of DC Geomtics (PTY) LTD

SACAA – South African Civil Aviation Authority
ASL – Air Service Licence
ROC – RPAS Operators Certificate
RLA – RPAS Letter of Approval
RPL – Remote Pilot Licence
CofR – Certificate of Registration
RMT – RPAS Maintenance Technician

To operate a RPAS (Drone) in south africa you are required to have a letter of approval from the SACAA

The information contained in this website is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as legal advice on any matter.


To operate a drone commercially in South Africa the civil aviation  governing body (sacaa) require the company to have a remote operator certificate (ROC) and for the pilots to have a remote pilots license (RPL). When looking for a drone operator make sure they have a ROC.

All drones need to be registered with the SACAA and display their registration numbers.
Operations need to have a medical aid kit and fire extinguisher on hand.

A FOM , field operations manual is completed for each flight that is undertaken.The format for this has been approved by the SACAA. The FOM includes the information for the safe operation of a RPAS and contains the specific location information including contact numbers for emergency personnel , aviation maps , VHF frequencies and potential hazards for the given location.

All our aircraft have been registered with the SACAA.This can be identified by the yellow registration marks that have to be visible on the drone. Regular maintenance is carried out by a certified RMT remote maintenance technician to ensure our aircraft adhere to the highest safety and maintenance standards enabling us to always be moving forward as a leader in RPAS operations in South Africa.

All our pilots undergo regular training to ensure our safety standards are maintained. We are always pushing our pilots to advance their knowledge and certifications.

We are authorised by the SACAA to operate in:
controlled Airspace
closer than 50m to people
closer than 50m to buildings
restricted airspace
over roads.
National parks
Our pilots undergo training to make sure they can operate a drone safely in the above areas.

There is a lot of opposition to the drone laws in South Africa at the moment but the laws are there to ensure true safe operation of drones in South Africa.

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