Imminent legalisation of commercial “drone” use boosts UAV airshow

May 29th, 2015, Published in Articles: EE Publishers, Articles: PositionIT



uva-357-06-2015Even more excitement is being generated by the Geomatics Indaba – UAV Airshow 2015 following the recent announcement by the director of civil aviation, Poppy Khoza, that the minister of transport has signed the South African Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) Regulations and that they will be officially published and implementable on 1 July 2015.  In addition, the South African Civil Aviation Authority has officially endorsed Geomatics Indaba 2015, and has expressed its support for the responsible manner in which the UAV airshow has been arranged.

The Geomatics Indaba 2015 – UAV Airshow 2015 is being held on 10 August 2015 at the Barnstormers Model Flying Club in Ekurhuleni. The event will showcase a diverse range of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) with manufacturers and service providers on hand to explain how the various UAVs are assembled, operated and used for accurate data collection. The airshow has been accredited by PLATO for  1/2 a CPD point.

Organised by the South African Geomatics Institute (SAGI), the Institute of Mine Surveyors of Southern Africa (IMSSA) and the Geo-Information Society of South Africa (GISSA), in partnership with EE Publishers, the airshow will take place prior to the main Geomatics Indaba 2015 programme which runs from 11 to 13 August 2015 at Emperors Palace, Johannesburg.

UAV exhibitors such as Optron, Aciel Geomatics, Afgen, Global Vision, Aerial Kopter and Pink Matter have signed up to demonstrate the capabilities of their  unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) . The RPAS Academy will also have several UAV flight simulators on display so that delegates attending the UAV Airshow will have the opportunity to try their hands at flying fixed wing and quadcopter UAVs in a simulated environment.

Various types and makes of UAVs will be exhibited at the UAV Airshow, and there will be demonstrations on the necessary safety-check procedures, practical demonstrations of take-off and landing procedures, as well as flying and data capturing capabilities. Exhibitors will explain what applications their products are best suited for and delegates are encouraged to use this opportunity to educate and inform themselves on how to professionally incorporate UAV technology offerings into their current work practices.

The Geomatics Indaba 2015 – UAV Airshow 2015  is intended to educate and inform the surveying, GIS and geospatial market on how to make best and safe use of this emerging technology. Information gleaned at the UAV airshow will be taken forward during the main Geomatics Indaba 2015 programme and exhibition with a range of presentations and demonstrations  on the RPAS licensing and application process, capturing, and processing of UAV data, and various UAV survey applications.

While the RPAS regulations will be published and implemented from  1 July  2015, it is not certain whether the RPA personnel licencing procedures will be in place. To ensure that the Geomatics Indaba UAV Airshow 2015 complies with the South African regulatory and legislative environment, it is being organised under the rules of the South African Model Aircraft Association (SAMAA). All pilots flying on the day will need to be SAMAA licensed and the pilots will need to have a SAMAA solo rating. (Arrangements have been made to assist pilots with meeting these requirements.)

Contact Clare van Zwieten, EE Publishers, Tel 011 543-7000,

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