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Are you flying legally?

Posted by Action Gear on

Whilst it is pretty common knowledge by now that operating a drone commercially without a Remote Pilot's Licence under a valid Remote Operating Certificate is against the law, what about you, the hobbyist? 

Unfortunately, there are still rules that you need to abide by. We've created a useful infographic to help you understand these rules and hopefully make the skies a safer place.

5 rules for hobbyist pilots when flying your drone

You can download the full image here. Feel free to print it out and keep it with your drone, or to share it with your friends.

Unsure where you are and aren't allowed to fly? We've created a map over here to help.

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  • Sadly, Lion’s Head falls within the Table Mountain National Park, which is a general no-fly zone along with all other National Parks.

    Flying over crowds or groups of people is as much about their privacy as it is about their safety. Even with their permission, the 50m rule still applies for reasons of safety – if the drone should malfunction, or have some other catastrophic failure, the purpose of the rule is to minimise any possible injury.

    Regarding buildings on private property with the owner’s permission – again the purpose of the rule is to prevent harm/injury and to protect the privacy of others. In order to avoid possible collision best practice would require the 50m rule to be observed.

    Simon @ Action Gear on
  • @Blikaspy

    You can also download the app, Hover.
    That gives a nice overview of no-fly zones, restricted fly zones, etc

    There you will see that Lion’s Head is actaully in the clear. Just!

    Mavic - CPT on
  • For hobbyist, these rules about where to fly are very broad and if you want to pull this out when you are questioned, you will always be in the wrong. If you stick to these rules, you will never fly a drone anywhere. Just the 10km rule already prohibits any drone flight in Cape Town, Lions Head and virtually anywhere as there is Ysterplaat and many other registered helipads around the Cape. Can someone please produce a comprehensive set of rules and definitions.

    Blikaspy on
  • Thank you for the post, it helps to clear up doubt of what is allowed and what not.
    3 questions from my side.

    If it is a safe fly zone and there is a crowd of people, lets say 30 people, and all gives me approval that I can fly, is that okay to proceed?

    When near a building or structure on a private property and the owner gives approval to fly, for example a farm house, church building (not close to a public road) etc. okay to proceed?

    In Cape Town for example, if I hike up Lions Head, there are no buildings, no road and perhaps a few people. If the people close by give approval that I can do a flight, is this allowed, or will the fact that it’s a landmark / reserve overall all rules stated in the infographic?

    Mavic - CPT on

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