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Mandela Uni Airborne Operations

Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) are rapidly gaining prominence in the globe beyond the military circuit.  In recent times, the civilian community has started developing and making use of drones to carry out tasks such as surveying of farm lands (plantation), for delivery of parcels, to monitor and count wildlife and livestock, for geographical mapping, for search and rescue operations, for monitoring pipelines, for road patrol and for general commercial photography and motion picture film making.

There are numerous opportunities for drone operations at the Nelson Mandela University, both operationally and for research, however the operation of RPAS requires careful consideration and control. ​The Minister of Transport signed the Eighth amendment of the Civil Aviation Regulations, 2011.  The amendment which contains Part 101:  Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems has been in effect since the 1st of July 2015.  Technical Standards and Regulations of RPAS is legislated on the homepage of the South African Civil Aviation Authorities’ (SACAA) home page:

The Mandela Uni Airborne Operations (MAO) Group was established by Karl du Preez, Prof Russell Phillips and Damian Mooney.















fltr:  Founding members: Karl du Preez, Prof Russell Phillips and Damian Mooney 




Contact information
Mr Karl du Preez
Principal Lecturer
Tel: 27 41 504 3644

Dr Russell Phillips
Senior Lecturer
Tel: 27 41 504 3609