Drones spotted near King Shaka Airport, operators urged to 'educate themselves' on regulations

2018-12-31 14:32 - Gabi Zietsman
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An aircraft flies over a no-drone zone area

(Photo: No drone zone, iStock)

It would seem some drone operators need a lesson in air laws around airports.

In the wake of the shutdown at London's Gatwick Airport before Christmas, King Shaka International Airport in Durban is now also dealing with drone sightings near its borders.

SEE: Don't zone out with your drone out: SA's no-drone zones

In a statement, the airport says on Monday that they have received reports of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) near its precinct, stating that this could turn into a serious incident.

"In ensuring safety measures are adhered to, King Shaka International Airport calls on drone operators to abide by the applicable laws that govern the flying or operating of drones or remotely piloted aircraft."

"We encourage community members to be vigilant with the use of RPAS and to report any unauthorised activities. Drone operators should also educate themselves on the regulations and guidance of the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA)."

Flights remain unaffected for now.

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