With the way drone technology has developed over the past year, there is obviously never enough time to discuss all the emerging developments in the drone industry. So to keep in touch with all the goings on, we have organised the second edition of the Drone and Unmanned Aviation Conference for 2022; which we have scheduled for the 24th and 25th of November 2022 at the Birchwood Hotel & Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

The past year has ushered in significant change, especially in re-imagining the way drones work in communities. The obvious example has been how medical drones changed the way think of medical deliveries, especially in rural parts of Africa that were previously hard to reach. There has been some positive movement too, on the policy front, as a few more hopeful operators received their ROCs from the South African aviation regulator.

Having said that though; there are still teething issues – flights beyond the visual line of sight are still a rare thing locally, a reality which has spelt doom for delivery drones in South; since almost all cargo drone operations will have to go beyond the pilot’s sight at some point. It is something of a shame that, having led the technology on delivery drones, South Africa now lags behind countries like Botswana, Malawi and Mozambique who have established thriving delivery operations in their respective communities.