The Dawn of Drone News Gathering (DNG) in South Africa

Drones are exploding with unique eye in the sky and Point of View (POV) shots for multiple different applications. Drones have changed the way broadcast TV does things. No longer are expensive helicopters required to get breath-taking shots. The Broadcast Drone is here.

Television news and reporting on news stories opens the new options for broadcast drone uses, with Drone News Gathering (DNG) reporting taking viewers to the action not possible to see before.

Journalists can launch their broadcast news drone from where they are at and capture breaking news like never before.

But as with all new things this opens a can of worms on privacy and other laws. In many counties drone usage has been regulated to try protect privacy and safety.

 

South Africa is no different Civil Aviation South Africa (www.caa.co.za) was the 1st in the world to bring out the drone aviation laws, Part 101 which regulates how drones are used in South Africa.

 

The drone laws breaks drone use into 2 categories,
1- Home use, happy snappy selfies,
2- Commercial use.

Happy snapper drone users still have to follow the drone laws as to where they can fly.

 

All other uses are commercial and require CAA approval before flights can be done.
This process is not quick and can take over 2-3 years at best.

 

Purple Turtle Communications and SNG, having over 20 years’ experience in Broadcast TV and News services around the world is proud to announce that we are able to offer LEGAL News Drones in South Africa via Purple Turtle Aviation UAV Drone Services, Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

 

The drones are designed for LIVE news coverage via drone and not just recorded, take your breaking news LIVE from a drone and show news events like they have never been seen before.
Our Broadcast TV and News drones offer different options from extended flight times to unlimited flight time solutions allowing unique tools for unique news coverage situations.

 

Contact Purple Turtle Aviation and UAV Drone services South Africa today at www.purpleturtle.co.za to find out more.

Drone Law in South Africa how do I hire legal drone pilots like Purple Turtle aviation uav drone services

So, a question we get often is why do I need a CAA licensed drone operator with a ROC when I can just do it myself. Good question. Lets have a deeper look into this to understand it better.

The current laws in South Africa covering RPAS Drone UAV usage limits the use of drones especially for commercial use.
So happy snapper drones can fly without licensed BUT can’t do anything for reward, they also must follow some of the basic drone laws that dictate where they can fly for safety and privacy reasons.

Civil Aviation Regulation 101 states:
(a)   The RPAS may only be used for an individual’s personal and private purposes where there is no commercial outcome, interest or gain;
(b)   The pilot must observe all statutory requirements relating to liability, privacy and any other laws enforceable by any other authorities.
For all other use  (commercial)–a RPA must be registered and may only be operated in terms of Part 101 of the South African Civil Aviation Regulations.
It goes on further to explain where a recreational or licensed operator may fly:

Unless approved by the SACAA, DO NOT fly/operate Remotely Piloted Aircraft or toy aircraft:
•    Near manned aircraft
•    10 km or closer to an aerodrome (airport, helipad, airfield, remember every hospital has a helipad.)
•    Weighing more than 7 kg
•    In controlled airspace (airport)
•    In restricted airspace (harbours, power plants, prisons, police station, courts of law, key points etc)
•    In prohibited airspace.
•    Within 50m of people or buildings

As you can see the laws are limiting, annoying BUT responsible as none of us want to wake up to a drone looking into our window.
The reality is base don the above to get legal drone footage or use you will require operating with a legal drone operator who has a value ROC and licensed with CAA.

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOUR DRONE OPERATOR IS LEGAL?
It’s quite simple to determine this. Simply ask them to show you the following documents:
1.    CAA issued ROC (remote operating Certificate)
2.    Dept Transport issued ASL (Air Services License)
3.    CAA Issued RLA (remote letter of approval) for the drone.
4.    CAA approved OP Spec
5.    Copy of Legal Operators Operations manual on site
6.    Proof of insurance of aircraft and public liability cover
7.    Registered aircraft (ZT-xxx) displayed on aircraft
8.    ICASA issued Radio station license for the aircraft being used

All of these are legal requirements to be with any legal drone operation.
An operator saying they have applied for their ROC is still an illegal operator until the day he has been approved by CAA and can supply all the above documents.
So many then say they will just take the risk and use illegals. Would you employee illegal staff, and pay for illegal services? This places you at risk.
Illegal drone operators are not insured, if they say they are they are simply lying to you to get your business as no insurance company will insure illegal operations.

Working with legal drone companies you can be assured of quality and accountability and reducing your risk an exposure many times over.

Contact Purple Turtle UAV and drone services today to find out how we can help you with legal above board accountable drone services.
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