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 Posted: Fri Oct 5th, 2018 11:03 am
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Dr halibut hoffman



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http://thewritecandidate.co.za/south-africas-new-drone-regulations-take-off/

A legal take on it..I have now read the latest amendments and the FIA/ SA-CATS 24 and they have changed nothing with regards to model aircraft nor the definitions thereof. I wrote a whole reply and lost it but here goes with the latest regulations..

"
14. MODEL AIRCRAFT
14.1
General Characteristics of Model Aircraft
(1)
The general characteristics of model aircraft are set by the Federation
Aeronautique Internationale and may be found in section 4 of its document
ABR, Part 4 C.
(2)
Unless otherwise stated, model aircraft shall meet the following general
specifi
cations:
(a)
maximum flying weight with fuel
-
25kg;
(b)
maximum surface area
-
5m
2
;
(c)
maximum loading
-
5kg/m
2
;
(d)
maximum swept volume of piston motor(s)
-
250cm
3
;
(e)
electric motors power source maximum no
-
load voltage
-
42 volts;
(f)
metal
-
blade
d propellers are prohibited.
(3)
Model helicopters shall meet the following general specifications:
(a)
Maximum weight with fuel
-
5kg;
(b)
maximum swept area of the lifting rotor(s) counting only once any
superimposed areas
-
3m
2
:
Provided that in the case of co
-
axial model helicopters whose rotors
are further than one rotor diameter apart, the total area of both
rotors is counted;
(c)
piston motor swept volumemaximum
-
10cm
3
;
(d)
rubber motor
-
no restrictions.
(4)
Free
-
flying
model aircraft Free
-
flying model aircraft that are neither radio
-
or
line
-
controlled shall not have a maximum mass exceeding 5 kg.
(5)
Noise limitations:
(a)
Noise limitations shall be applied to powered model aircraft
categories, with 96 dB (A)
at 3 meters for any category, which does
not have approval for any other noise rule. Specific noise measuring
procedures are to be developed by relevant national body in which
model aircraft operators are associated.
(b)
Noise limits do not apply to
model aircraft with electric motors."

Sorry the formatting not the greatest but that are the official specifications that define a model aircraft, aside from whether it is for commercial purposes or not..

http://www.caa.co.za/Legal%20Documents/PART%20101%20GAZETTE.pdf

Read "Part 101.03.1 (3)
This part (101) does not apply to-
(c) a model aircraft; and.."

Which does not change anything as far as I can tell for an angling drone for recreation. A drone used by a guide for clients or a drone used by a person dropping baits off for other anglers for a charge would then be a RPA and not be a model aircraft. For a model aircraft there are already regulations but they are exempt from most "drone" regulations which are aimed at commercial ventures clearly. Do not fly over people, near or over aerodromes and over roads, do not fly more than 150ft high. Fly for fun/recreation.

http://www.caa.co.za/Pages/RPAS/Remotely%20Piloted%20Aircraft%20Systems.aspx

"Definitions:

"Remotely piloted aircraft" (RPAS) means an unmanned aircraft which is piloted from a remote pilot station, excluding model aircraft and toy aircraft.

"Toy aircraft" means a product falling under the definition of aircraft which is designed or intended for use in play by children.

"Model aircraft" means a non-human-carrying aircraft capable of sustained flight in the atmosphere and used exclusively for air display, recreational use, sport or competitions."

The definitions seem quite clear and correct me if you see an error in my logic and comprehension.