SA company first to receive commercial drone licence

A company specialising in aerial data solutions on Tuesday claimed to be first to be approved as a commercial remote piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) operator by the SA Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA).

Rocketmine Aerial UAV Service provider said it received its RPAS commercial operating licence on Friday.

“In May 2015‚ South Africa took the lead in the aviation industry when SACAA director Poppy Khoza announced that the commercial use of RPAS would be regulated from July 1‚ 2015‚” the company said in a statement.

“The need for regulation was prompted by a huge demand for the commercial use of drones in South Africa and subsequent safety concerns; the strict SACAA application process ensures that drone operators meet all standards for safety‚ security and privacy.”

“There is no doubt that drones are set to revolutionise the way in which many key industries in South Africa conduct their business” said RocketMine’s Chris Clark.

“Using drones to conduct operational duties has produced high-quality data in a fraction of the time and at a percentage of the costs. In the mining industry in particular‚ most high risk tasks conducted by our drones have eliminated the safety risk for mining staff.”

The SACAA’s Albert Msithini said the company “is among the first organisations that regularly engaged the SACAA with regards to development and promulgation of the RPAS regulations”.

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