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CAAP Regulates Drone Use

Aerial drone used in photography.
Aerial drone used in photography.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) reminded users of unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAVs) or drones such as amateur photographers, hobbyists, researchers, geodetic survey firms, and media entities regarding existing rules and procedures that applies to the usage of such device.

Under the provisions to the Philippine Civil Aviation Regulations (PCAR) part ll, any operators found violating rules will be fined between P300,000 to P500,000 per unauthorized flight depending on the gravity of violations.

As the numbers of drone users in the Philippines are fast increasing where prices went down due to high demand and better technology, CAAP on its memorandum circular no:20-14 series of 2014 dated June 26,2014 requires UAV owners or operators to register their equipment to CAAP and be issued license to operate.

Any violation of the said memorandum will be dealt with accordingly as the aviation body imposes stiff penalty to regulate the operations of UAV especially on restricted areas like airports, crowded areas, and “no fly zones” according to CAAP Assistant Director General and concurrent head of Flight Standard Inspectorate Service (FSIS) Capt. Beda Badiola, whose office oversees and regulates all flight operations of aircraft manned and unmanned in Philippine airspace.

On its memo, CAAP defines controller of UAV as a person who performs a function that would be if the UAV were a manned aircraft, a function of its flight crew.

Large UAV means an unmanned airship with an envelope capacity greater than 100 cubic meters while Micro UAV means a UAV with a gross weight of 100 grams or less and Small UAV means UAV that is not a large UAV or a micro UAV.

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