Restricting drones – SWACAA
uring cross-examination, SWACAA Flight Engineer Simon Kutibiwa stated that as far as he is concerned, there are regulations guarding on the usage of drones as per the Aviation Act.
The engineer who was the crown’s fifth witnesses, told the court that drones are classified under the pilotless aircraft and that they too need a permit to fly within the Kingdom’s airspace.
Kutibiwa stated that as much as it has been argued that Shongwe’s drone cannot fly above 30m, he stated that the regulations state
Dthat the 30m might be at a spot where there person flying the drone is at a higher altitude such as a mountainous place hence they are strict in preventing any possible dangers within the airspace. “In fact SWACAA has the responsibility to authorize anyone seeking to operate a pilotless aircraft and that is why in 2012 the accused person was arrested,” he submitted. This was after Jele for Shongwe had asked if there is any law in Swaziland that penalises anyone who operates a pilotless aircraft.