CAA clamps down on “drones.”

“Johannesburg – The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) is set to clamp down on the illegal flying of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), or drones, in civil airspace.” – News24 (See full article here)

Anyone caught operating a UAS could face fines of up to R50 000, a prison sentence of up to 10 years or both.

Recently the explosion of UAV’s without any proper regulations have resulted in increased number untrained pilots taking to the skies. Many of these cheaper units do not have the capabilities to operate safely in an environment where safety is critical!

Many of these “drones” (UAV’s) are manned by cowboy’s trying to scrape the stratosphere and flying into civil aviation airspace without lodged flight-plan’s, permissions or equipment to alert passenger planes to their presence. Giving our industry a bad name and bringing our industry into disrepute.

Most people are not aware of the many dangers involved in aerial video and photography and it is not up to the client to avoid these dangers, but the pilot and owners of these businesses.

At the announcement of this news by the CAA, PixAir is delighted that proper regulations are being tabled to make our profession exactly that…professional.

We will keep you posted.

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