Guidelines for registration transactions of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA)
In accordance with Part 101.02.4(1) of the Civil Aviation Regulations, 2011, No remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) shall be operated within the Republic of South Africa, unless such RPA has been issued with a certificate of registration by the Director.
How to register RPA
Applicant should fill the following form, depending on the intent:
These forms may be obtained from the Airworthiness Forms page of the website.
original application must be submitted to the SA Civil Aviation Authority, Aircraft Registry, Ikhaya Lokundiza, Building 16, Treur Close, Waterfall Park, Bekker Street, Midrand, OR mailed by registered mail to Private Bag X73, Halfway House 1685.
New Registration of RPA on SACAR: The new owner must complete and sign the Form CA-47R1. The new owner/applicant should then submit the original application to the SACAA, accompanied by the applicable supporting documents set out on page 4 of form, as well as the prescribed fee.
Change of ownership: The SELLER (or present registered owner) of a South African registered aircraft will notify the SACAA of the transfer of ownership by completing and signing the Form CA-47R2. The seller should return the complete Form CA-47R2 within 30 days after the sale of aircraft.
The BUYER/ NEW OWNER applies for registration of aircraft in his name by completing the Form on the Form CA-47R1. The NEW OWNER should then submit the complete original application to the SACAA, accompanied by the applicable supporting documents set out on page 4 of Form CA-47R1, as well as the prescribed fee within 30 days after the sale of the aircraft.
Both forms CA47-R1 Seller AND CA47-2 Buyer/new owner) should be submitted simulteneously within 30 days after the sale of the aircraft.
Deletion of aircraft after an accident RPA: The presently registered owner of the said aircraft must kindly complete and sign Form CA-47R3 and forward it to the SACAA, accompanied by the original last Certificate of Registration and a RLA Letter of Approval.
Deletion for export: The registered owner has to complete and sign form
CA-47R3 accompanied by the supporting documents as set on the bottom of the form, together with the prescribed fee.
(Please note that the original Certificate of Registration and the original RLA Letter of Approval) must also be submitted to the SACAA.
Amendment of Certificate of Registration: The present registered owner of the RPA has to complete and sign Form CA-47R4 accompanied by the supporting documents as set out on the bottom of the form, together with the amendment fee.
Duplicate of Certificate of Registration RPA: as a result of being lost, damaged or destroyed, the present registered owner must complete and sign the Form CA-47R5. Submit the original Form to the SACAA accompanied by the duplicate fee.
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)