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What You Need to Know About Your New Drone

So you've just opened your brand new drone – congratulations! Flying it is an amazing experience, but you should be mindful of the guidelines governing the flight of your drone and the obstacles it may encounter. Private drone operation* does not require any of the licenses, but the regulations do still apply. Do not endanger the safety of another aircraft, person and/or property. Read more on the legal guidelines for piloting your drone safely below.

*Private operations refer to the use of an RPA (Remotely Piloted Aircraft) for the individual’s personal and private purposes where there is NO commercial interest, outcome or gain.

Things to Consider When Flying Your Drone

Aerodromes

Do not operate your drone within 10 kilometres of an airport, helipad or airstrip


Weather Conditions

Operate your drone in daylight and clear weather conditions


Intoxication

Do not operate your drone whilst under the influence of alcohol or any other narcotics or illicit substances


Drone Vicinity

Do not operate your drone within a 50 metre radius of any of the three Ps: Person, Property or Public road


Airspace

Do not operate your drone within a controlled airspace, restricted airspace or prohibited airspace


Rules of Flight

Restricted Visual Line-of-Sight (R-VLOS): the remote pilot – you – needs to maintain direct unaided visual contact with your drone to manage its flight and meet separation and collision avoidance responsibilities. In order to adhere to this rule, note that your drone may not, at any time, be flown higher than 121 metres, nor may it be further than 500 metres from the pilot.


Remember: do not fly any drone weighing more than 7 kilograms for recreational use (up to 20 kilograms for commercial use). Relax, though, because the hobby drone you purchased from weFix is perfectly legal to use for hobby objectives.

Now go and have some safe fun.


DJI and weFix do not take any responsibility for any damage or loss directly and indirectly resulting from the drone or use thereof.


These guidelines were formulated by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA). Feel free to reach out to them for any further information.