Re­strict­ing drones – SWACAA

Observer on Saturday - - News -

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.

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