Drone fever attacks South Africans

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Drone fever attacks South Africans By Lauren Kate Rawlins.¬† IT Web Digital and Innovative Editor. Remotely-piloted aircraft systems, or¬†drones, have steadily increased in popularity in South Africa since regulation was passed in 2015. While once considered an expensive hobbyist pursuit, the industrial applications for these flying machines are now being firmly established, with government also spotting the advantages of putting drones to work. Drone fever attacks South Africans Drones are categorised as aircraft worldwide and are therefore integrated into the existing manned aviation sector and civil airspace. Until July 2015, there were no laws in place in SA, which meant the flying of any unmanned aircraft was illegal. New, stringent regulations were set up in response to the growing demand to regulate the sector so SA could take full advantage of the emerging technology. These rules covered where the drones can fly and how far away they are allowed to be from the operator. All drone users need to follow these rules, yet only pilots using the drones for commercial use need to apply for a licence. There are hefty fines for failure to abide by the rules, including a 10-year prison sentence or a fine of R50 000, or (more…)