The drone industry in South Africa now has its own representative body following the launch of the South African Federation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Safu).
The nonprofit body, launched last week in Kyalami, aims to promote and support the development of the industry and to educate operators in the correct use of UAVs.
Chairperson Sam Twala said: “Safu is a nonprofit organisation. We currently have a strategic plan, but it is for a short time, only for this financial year.
“We [also] have a plan to have interest groups. That is, under the aegis of Safu, various member companies will be able to set up groups to focus on concerns and issues of particular concern to them but not to all of the federation’s members.”
Amongst Safu’s goals is an attempt to “translate” South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) regulations into simple and clear language, accessible on the federation’s website, in addition to helping boost public knowledge about the industry.
The body will also focus on data collection and analysis regarding UAV use in the country in order to effectively ensure aviation safety, request changes in regulations and to supply the government with necessary information.
The federation’s membership comprises private drone companies, and was founded by NTSU Aviation Solutions and associate members Rocketmine, UAV and Drone Solutions, and Compact Aerial Services.