Is this YOUR drone?
We have received a few reports of a drone being flown in MX40 from time to time.
What you may NOT know, is that this is an invasion of our residents’ privacy!
One of our local residents has stepped in with a reminder about what constitutes “illegal” flying of drones – a really helpful guide for both parents and children!
Do feel free to share it on social media if you feel it would be helpful to others!
ARE YOU FLYING YOUR DRONE ILLEGALLY?
Flying a drone for fun can be a dangerous exercise. Recently, a visitor to the Kruger National Park incurred a lifetime ban by illegally flying his drone over a troop of baboons.
In South Africa, drone pilots can face a fine of up to R50,000 and/or ten years imprisonment for flying a drone illegally. As stipulated by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA), the four most important South African laws for drone flying are:
- You can only fly a drone over property you own – even the air space above a property belongs to the property owner and, if you don’t own it, you can’t fly it.
- You can only fly during daylight hours – bad luck for any local vampires who own drones, because from dusk to dawn flying drones is illegal!
- You must observe all statutory requirements relating to another person’s constitutional right to privacy and any other laws enforceable by any other authorities – flying your drone over your neighbour’s pool, or over the private dam at Little Fillan complex in Prunus Avenue, is an illegal invasion of privacy.
- Drone flying is prohibited within 10 kms of any airport or helipad area – both the Sandton Mediclinic helipad and the Sandton Central helipad in Inanda are within 10 kms of Morningside Ext 40 (8,6km and 7,2km respectively).
The drone laws may be comforting for people whose private property is repeatedly buzzed by those noisy mechanical mosquitos. In reality, though, drone laws are difficult to enforce because of the current difficulty in establishing exactly who owns the misbehaving machine.
A quiet suburb like Morningside 40 has to rely on the integrity and consideration of drone pilots.
When planning your next drone flight, consider the basic drone laws, respect your fellow residents’ right to privacy and be a responsible drone pilot.