Posts tagged as drones

New US export policy for military and commercial UAVs

  The United States has established a new policy designed specifically for US-origin military and commercial commercial unmanned aerial systems (UAS) which governs the international sale, transfer and subsequent use of US-origin military UAS, supplements and builds upon the US Conventional Arms Transfer Policy and is consistent with the requirements of the Arms Export Control […]

South African RPAS Regulations – One giant leap for (un)manned kind

  This article provides an overview of the proposed remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) regulations which were published for public comment towards the end of 2014. The comments received by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) are currently being considered, and it is anticipated that the regulations will be promulgated towards the end of […]

Draft RPAS (drone) regulations published for comment

  The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has published for comment the proposed amendments to the Civil Aviation Regulations and Technical Standard, 2011 which relate to the regulatory requirements for the operation of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or “drones” as they are more commonly known. Some important concessions affecting […]

Draft “drone” regulations under discussion at CARCom

  The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) tabled the draft regulations on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) before the Civil Aviation Regulations Committee (CARCom) on 3 September 2014, and further discussions will take place during September. At a UAS regulations making workshop held on 14 and 15 August 2014, the SACAA’s General Manager for Aircraft […]

Geospatial industry needs to involve itself in “drone” regulatory process

  The South African geospatial industry needs to participate in the unmanned aerial systems (UAS) regulatory process driven by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA). This process seeks to govern the use of UAS in South Africa with the initial establishment of interim regulations in 2015. By participating in this process, the geospatial industry […]

Unmanned aerial operator body discusses way forward

  The Commercial Unmanned Aircraft Association of Southern Africa (CUAASA) held a well-attended member meeting at the offices of the Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (CAASA) on 17 July 2014. CUAASA is a recently established voluntary organisation which aims to serve, promote, advance and protect the interests of the commercial unmanned aircraft industry. It […]

The waiting continues: UAS interim regulations expected in 2015

  The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has undertaken to have its unmanned aerial systems (UAS) interim guidance document ready before the end of March 2015. The interim guidance document is intended to be a provisional solution enabling restricted operational approval of UAS on a case-by-case basis, until maturity is attained by both the […]

Drone interim regulations ready before March 2015

  The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has announced that it will have its unmanned aerial systems (UAS) interim guidance document ready before the end of March 2015. The interim guidance document is intended to be a provisional solution enabling restricted operational approval of UAS on a case-by-case basis, until maturity is attained by […]