Private operation - means the use of an RPA for an individual's personal and private purposes where there is no commercial outcome, interest or gain;
Restricted visual line-of-sight* - means an operation within 500 m of the remote pilot and below the height of the highest obstacle within 300 m of the RPA, which the remote pilot maintains direct unaided visual contact with the RPA to manage its flight and meet separation and collision avoidance responsibilities;
Limitations and restrictionsPlease adhere to the following for the safe operation of RPAS:
1. Private operations of RPAS shall be conducted:
a. only in R-VLOS b. with a Class 1A or 1B RPA (mass < 7 kg, Impact energy* < 15 kJ)
a. Near manned aircraft b. 10 km or closer to an aerodrome (airport, helipad or airfield) c. In controlled, restricted or prohibited
a. Any person or group of persons (like sport fields, road races, stadiums, schools, social events, etc.) b. Public road c. Any property without permission from property owner
Technical Guidance Material (TGM) for RPAS Part 101 for more information.
NOTE: The Director of Civil Aviation has designated an external organisation to oversee the operations of recreational aviation.
For more information on the operation of model aircraft, please contact the South African Model Aircraft Association (SAMAA),
View the latest SACAA promtional brochure and flyer regarding the operation of RPAS here.
Information for owners & operators
Registration of RPAS
Letter of approval for the RPA
RPAS pilot licensing
RPAS operators certificate
Sale and resale of RPAS
RPAS Operators (ROC/RTO)