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New drone rules slammed

The drone industry said new regulations will harm the film business and open the door to corruption.

A screengrab from the CNN video on the future of private drones. Picture: CNN

JOHANNESBURG - The drone industry has criticised the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for "rushing" into setting up regulations to control the usage of remotely piloted aircrafts.

It said this will harm the film business and open the door to corruption.

The CAA has announced that drones may not be operated above 400 feet or flown over any person within a 50 metre distance to the ground.

The Commercial Unmanned Aircraft Association of South Africa (CUAASA's) Hennie Kieser said although their members want to be regulated, the CAA is making it almost impossible to go the legal route.

"The CAA has got nothing in place to handle the volume of licences that will be be presented to them."

FC Hamman, who owns his own film company, said the CAA "rushed" into this without properly consulting stakeholders.

"The CAA should embrace this technology. They should legislate it properly and be cutting edge with the rest of the world."

The drone industry said there is long road ahead before the CAA will be able to fully control the business.