The companies listed below are certified ROC holders and can legally offer drone services within South Africa. Each ROC license allows for different types of drone services so please see which companies below offer the services which you are looking for. Please contact the respective companies directly to inquire about booking their services.
1 – DC Geomatics (PTY) Ltd
Drone Services Approved under ROC license: G3 Aerial Patrol, Observation and Survey. G4, Filming and photography. Mining surveys, industrial inspections, engineering assessments, mapping, construction sites.
2 – FC Hamman Films CC
Drone Services Approved under ROC license: We specialize in flying drones for the Film industry and can fly very close to people and structures. We may take off and land on public roads. We can fly in Controlled Airspace and do Night Flights, Aerial Patrols, Observation and Surveying … Our production office is very experienced in acquiring all relevant permits to fly where ever you may need to fly. If we cannot get permission to fly there, then probably nobody can. At our last SACAA audit, CAA expressed their satisfaction with our professional approach to safety, however our main focus is to deliver amazing visuals to the Film Industry. Passion propels everything we do! Legal to fly in South Africa and Namibia. SANPark approved permit for Commercial Drone Operation in Table Mountain National Park.
3 – Timeslice (PTY) Ltd
Drone Services Approved under ROC license: Film industry with close proximity flying, flying in controlled airspace and night flights. Aerial patrol, observation and survey. Aerial recording by photographic means using the licencee’s equipment to product pictorial end product. G16: Remotely piloted aircraft systems. Flying from a public road. Letter of procedure in Place with FACT – Timeslice has permanent permission from Cape town int and may operate there without the need for an FUA. Approvals from Sanparks to operate in all Sanparks areas including TMNP Table mountain national park. Legal to fly in Namibia, Mauritius with full approvals from CAA. Timeslice has also been approved by SANPARKS to fly within our National Parks.
4 – Public Display Technologies (t/a Rocket Mine)
Drone Services Approved under ROC license: Surveying and mapping for mining and survey sector.
5 – Skyhook
Drone Services Approved under ROC license: Advertising Operations. Aerial Patrol, observation & survey. Aerial recording by photographic or electronic means using the licensee’s equipment to product a pictorial end product. Remotely piloted aircraft systems. Night flying. Flying in controlled airspace.
6 – UAV & Drone Solutions
Drone Services Approved under ROC license: Security services, infrastructure inspection, stockpile management, surveying.
7 – UAV Industries
Drone Services Approved under ROC license: Asset and structural inspections, Agriculture, Mining, Cinematography and production films, Survey, Renewable energy, Estates, Standard aerial video and still projects.
Affiliate drone operating companies flying under UAVI’s ROC:
18mm – website: 18mm.co.za
Specialists in the film industry including TV Commercials, Feature Films & Documentaries. Approved for close proximity flying, as well as in controlled airspace, night flying & above 400ft. Our pilot has conducted over 10500 flights during his 15 year flying career. We also have extensive experience in aerial surveying, inspections & progress shoots. Our clients boast about our professionalism, efficiency and on-set communication skills.
Big Bird – website: bigbird.tv
Specialists in the film industry including TV Commercials, Feature Films & Documentaries. Approved for close proximity flying, as well as in controlled airspace & night flying. Based in Cape Town, South Africa, with over 20 years of RC flying experience, as well as 15 years of combined experience in the local film industry, we take what we do very seriously and believe that it shows in the quality of the footage we can capture with our rigs.
SKYLAB – website: skylabsa.com
SKYLAB offers flexible camera movement solutions for the motion picture and commercial film industries. Having built a reputation as a leading aerial camera team, SKYLAB is currently expanding to embrace the revolution in all aspects of camera movement. We are based in Cape Town, South Africa, but regularly travel to locations around the world.
8 – Visual Air Productions (Pty) Ltd
Drone Services Approved under ROC license: Aerial patrol, observation and survey. Aerial recording by photographic or electronic means using the licensee’s equipment to product a pictorial end product. Operations within controlled and restricted airspace. Operations above 400ft AGL, night and close proximity to people. Film industry, events, live broadcasting, inspections, surveying, agricultural & security.
9 – Compact Aerial Services (Pty) Ltd
Drone Services Approved under ROC license: G3 – Aerial patrol, observation and survey. G4 – Aerial recording by photographic or electronic means using the licensee’s equipment to produce a pictorial end product. G16 – Remotely piloted aircraft systems. Operations within 10km of an aerodrome. Operations overhead any person or group of people or within a lateral distance of 50m. Operations within a lateral distance of 50m from any structure or building.
10 – SkyBot CC
Drone Services Approved under ROC license: SkyBot is a Durban based family run business with more than 15 years experience in Aviation and Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems. As a Fully Licensed RPAS(Drone) Operator approved by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) and Dept of Transport, we obey any and all regulations set forth by such authorities. Services include aerial surveys, construction project work and inspections.
11 – Darkwing Aerials (PTY) Ltd
Drone Services Approved under ROC license: Darkwing Aerials is a licensed drone company focusing on the film and industrial industries and are able to fly in controlled and restricted airspace as well as over national key points. Our operations have been sculpted to suit the needs of the film and industrial sector being able to fly closer than 50m to structures and people and over public roads with certain permissions. We are Cape Town based but travel often for all types of drone work, depending on the location and needs of the client. We pride ourselves in being a leader in professional drone and camera operations.
12 – LS Multi Copter Projects and Services
Drone Services Approved under ROC license: Operations include G3/G4 and G16. Permissions to Fly above 400ft AGL (qualified), Night operations, Operations within restricted airspace, as well as to fly over national key points with the relevant authorities’ permission, Flight operations within 50m from any structure or persons, with all persons under the control of the operator. Service offerings include: Airborne RF Measurements and Audits (Profiling of RF spectrum utilisation at operational radio sites and measurement of radio system RF performance), Airborne Mapping and Surveying (Flight data acquisition for aerial mapping and surveying is done through the recording of high resolution geotagged images for photogrammetric modelling and analyses) and Airborne Inspections and Audits (High resolution photographs of all site elements are provided for any portion of a modeled 2D or 3D representation of an installation).
13 – Gillcor CC
Drone Services Approved under ROC license: (Awaiting confirmation)
14 – Premier Aviation CC
Drone Services Approved under ROC license: Mapping, surveys
15 – Fortune Air
Drone Services Approved under ROC license: (Awaiting confirmation)
16 – Anglo Operations (Pty) Ltd
Drone Services Approved under ROC license: Private license for their internal use only
Looking to hire a drone pilot? Looking to find a legal and qualified UAV operator in South Africa? There are many RPAS and RPL pilots but they need to be flying their drone under the ROC of one of the companies listed above in order to be flying legally. The drone laws from the SA CAA require drone pilots to have their personal RPL or RPAS but that alone doesn’t certify them to fly legally for commercial gain; ie offering their drone flying services for a fee. The RPL is an important part of being able to fly a drone as a business but your business needs to go through the process of applying for and receiving your ROC (remote operator certificate). The companies listed above as “Approved Drone Pilots” have gone through the process and have been issued all the required licenses from the CAA in order for them to be fully allowed to offer UAV aerial services with the drones which are registered to their ROC. If you want to hire a licensed drone operator or drone company then this list above is the complete list of options available to you. There are many individuals who claim to be licenced to offer you their services, and they’ll do so at a far reduced price, but if they are not listed here then it is quiet likely they they only have their RPL and not the ROC.