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BECOME A COMMERCIAL DRONE PILOT with Saphire Blue – Drone Training and Operations

South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) Certified Training Organization (SACAA/1510/ATO)

Start your journey becoming a professional drone pilot today!

Did you know?


If you want to fly your drone, UAV, or UAS (Formerly know as RPAS), in South Africa for private use (meaning that there is no commercial gain), you can only fly in RVLOS or Restricted Visual Line of Sight.

Essentially, that means you have to fly within 500m of the remote pilot and below the height of the highest obstacle within 300m of the Remotely Piloted Aircraft.

Do you want to fly your drone commercially?

Then you are at the right place to get your South African UAS (Formerly know as RPAS) pilot license…


At Saphire Blue, you will learn from experts in both manned and unmanned aviation. Our CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) accredited drone training course will guide you through all the theory and practice required to obtain your South African Remote Pilot License.


Our drone training courses are your first step in qualifying to commercially operate a multi-rotor UAS (Formerly know as RPAS – Remotely Piloted Aircraft System) under the auspices of a company that holds a ROC, UAS – Operators’ Certificate) in South Africa.


We offer all-in training that is unique to the Lowveld. We go above and beyond to make sure that you walk away with more than a drone pilot license.

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