foreign drone license validation

Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone and also referred to as an unpiloted aerial vehicle and a remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), is an aircraft without a human pilot aboard.

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foreign drone license validation

Unread post by Jayson v Schalkwyk » Tue Jun 09, 2020 1:51 am

Hello,

lets say I have an FAA flying license and then do FAA approved drone training and get issued a FAA RPL. How does that impact on flying RPA legally here in SA?

Does the CAA recognize foreign RPL's?
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Re: foreign drone license validation

Unread post by _juju_ » Tue Jun 09, 2020 8:55 pm

Not to my knowledge no. You'll have to fly under hobbyist rules, which then excludes any form of gain, payment, furthering of business interests - you know the story.
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Re: foreign drone license validation

Unread post by apollo11 » Wed Jun 10, 2020 1:22 pm

_juju_ wrote:
Tue Jun 09, 2020 8:55 pm
Not to my knowledge no. You'll have to fly under hobbyist rules, which then excludes any form of gain, payment, furthering of business interests - you know the story.
That is a good question, I have an FAA part 107 UAV certificate and when I completed my UAV stuff in the US I asked that question and some discussion went on to operations on FAA registred drones, it appeared that if you had an FAA registered drone you could fly it legally in other countries such as an N registered aircraft holding an FAA pilot certificate, but when it comes to part 101 RPAS and CAA I'm not at all sure what the ruling would be.

I'm rather curious.
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Re: foreign drone license validation

Unread post by eagle92 » Wed Jun 10, 2020 5:55 pm

I recently completed my license in Hong Kong, the license they issue is recognised in the UK, US and Canada. As far as they explained you can fly in all other countries provided you get a permit from the local authority.

Haven’t put this to the test though, so would also like to hear from someone that has done this?
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Re: foreign drone license validation

Unread post by Trevor Duane » Wed Jun 10, 2020 9:22 pm

Jayson v Schalkwyk wrote:
Tue Jun 09, 2020 1:51 am
Hello,

lets say I have an FAA flying license and then do FAA approved drone training and get issued a FAA RPL. How does that impact on flying RPA legally here in SA?

Does the CAA recognize foreign RPL's?
Hi Jayson, there are provisions within part 101 for accreditation of certain other member state's UAV licenses. It requires an airlaw examination to be done along with the application. There have been a few foreign license validations which I am aware of but non of them being FAA issued. Best would be to make contact with someone from part61
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