New regulations for drone industry

The CAA’s Poppy Khoza says no drone will be allowed to take off without a permit.

FILE: The new regulations will come into effect in July. Picture: Facebook.com

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) says it's now putting final touches to new regulations that will regulate remotely piloted aircraft which could have massive implications on the drone industry.

The regulations include that no drones be operated above 400 feet or flown over any person within a 50 meter distance.

The CAA's Poppy Khoza says no drone will be allowed to take off without a permit, licenses and the operator being cleared.

"An applicant for a remote pilot license shall not be less than 18 years of age, hold a restricted certificate of proficiency in radio telephony and provide proof of their ability to speak the English language.

"The new regulations further prohibit drones flying directly over any person or group of people within the unilateral distance of 15 metres."

Operators will have to apply for a 12 month permit or a license.

Khoza says the regulations don't apply to toy aircraft.

Regulations will also ban drones from being flown above crime scenes, national key points and courts.

The new regulations will come into effect in July.