Remote Pilots License

Remote Pilots License

There are specific rules and regulations that need to be followed when flying drones commercially.


Banzoflash is proud to be one of the very few drone service companies in the Western Cape that are fully licensed and experienced to fly and operate drones commercially.


You will have to apply for a Remote Pilot License (RPL) if you aim to fly:


Drones are beneficial for the following industries:

  • Firefighting
  • Search and rescue
  • Agriculture industries
  • Real estate industries
  • Mining industries
  • Events industries
  • Tourist industries
  • Construction industries
  • Telecommunications and many more

Prior to making any application with SACAA, you will be required to obtain aviation training at an Approved Training Organization (ATO).


The compulsory requirements to obtain a drone license are:

  • You must be 18 years of age
  • Applicants must hold  current medical assessments
  • An ATO for training must be identified
  • Foreign theoretical training will be approved and validated (ASK)
  • Only successful completion will be accepted
  • Applicants must pass the RPL practical assessment
  • Applicants must also pass Radiotelephony Examination
  • Achieved English Language Proficiency (ELP) level 4 or higher
  • All applications must be submitted to the SACAA


Note: see part 101 Civil Aviation Regulations (CARs) and Civil Aviation Technical Standards (CATS) for a complete list of requirements.


Theory courses that need to be  done:

  • Air law
  • Human Performance
  • Meteorology
  • Navigation
  • Principles of flight
  • Operational procedures
  • Flight performance, planning and loading
  • Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) general knowledge
  • RPAS regulations and technical standards
  • A theoretical and practical assessment


License validity

  • A Licence is valid for 24 months.
  • Application for renewal process should be done two months prior to the expiry date.
  • The revalidation certificate lasts 36 months thereafter.
  • The license is only applicable in South Africa.


For more information, visit Drone Laws and Hypertext


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