Keep your drones away from Armed Forces Day in Durban


Keep your drones away from Armed Forces Day in Durban

Yasantha Naidoo | 2017-02-20 13:49:31.0

President Jacob Zuma will be present at the 6th segment of Armed Forces Day celebrations.

Image by: Facebook/Tlele Tryphina Mabena

Drone operators have been cautioned not to fly around the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Tuesday ahead of the Armed Forces day or face the consequences.

In a statement issued on Monday‚ the SA National Defence Force’s Brigadier-General Mafi Mgobozi said that operators of drones and remotely piloted aircraft should take note that as per a Notice to Airmen (Notam)‚ the airspace covering ten nautical miles around Moses Mabhida Stadium and along the coast from ground level up to 27‚000ft has been declared as a restricted zone.

This means that any unauthorised entrance into the mentioned restricted airspace by drones‚ remotely piloted aircraft and other unauthorised aircrafts is prohibited and any violation could lead to the drone being confiscated and owner prosecuted in terms of the Civil Aviation Act‚ Act 13 of 2009.

He said in addition‚ in accordance with Part 101 of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) regulations‚ a CAA approved and valid remote pilot licence as well as a letter of approval to operate the drone were needed. Drones also cannot be flown more than 400ft or 120m above the ground‚ nor within 10km of an aerodrome or within restricted airspace or flown within 50m above or close to a person or crowd of people‚ structure or building – without prior CAA approval.

TMG Digital/TimesLIVE

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