LEGAL AND INSURED FLIGHTS
When operating within the legal framework of commercial drone operations, you can have the confidence that should anything go wrong during a flight you as the end customer will have the law on your side and your flight will be insured.
It is critical to obtain third party insurance for commercial drone operations to cover flights, pilots and the operating company.
When operating within the legal framework of commercial drone operations,you can have the confidence that should anything go wrong during a flight, you as the end customer will have the law on your side and your flight will be insured. The South African drone legislation is encapsulated by the South African Civil Aviation Authority Regulations and the Department of Transport’s Air Service Licence legislation. The formulation and implementation of this has taken more than 18 months and UAV Industries has been and will remain actively involved.
In all of UAV Industries’ official documentation and small print, legal and illegal drone operations are addressed. Should we become aware of any illegal activity, we will report it to the relevant authority. The only way to ensure that the drone industry is regulated and that manned and unmanned aviation can share the airspace successfully is through legal and insured commercial drone operations.
Operating drones legally within the South African framework is governed by three intertwining sets of legal frameworks; these being:
- South African Civil Aviation Authority Regulations Part 101 and 141
- The Department of Transport Air Service Licence
- The Flexible Use of Airspace (FUA) as managed my Air Traffic Navigation Services (ATNS) and Central Airspace Management Unit (CAMU)
These frameworks create the safe operating space for drones and offer end customers reassurance that they are operating a legal flight that can be insured.
UAV Industries has worked closely with the South African and International insurance industry to ensure that all UAV industries’ flights are insured. Most important is that all flights have third party insurance to make sure that should a third party be negatively impacted by an accident they will be covered. The only manner to ensure that commercial drone flights taking place in South Africa can be insured is that the relevant drone, pilot and company licences are in place.
Bringing legal and insured together
There are a lot of drone operators out there, so to ensure that you are operating safely and within the law, make sure you can answer ‘yes’ to these simple questions:
- Are you legal? Do you have your Remote Pilot Licence? Does your company have a ROC? Is your drone licenced?
- Does the drone reflect the relevant licence numbering?
- Are you carrying the relevant paperwork and required equipment such as fire extinguisher and medical aid kit?
- Can you show me your insurance offering?