By Ariel Fernandez
Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) reminded all Drones or Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle (UAV) operators and hobbyists that strict implementation of a “no-fly zone” will be implemented in areas where the 31st ASEAN Summit will be held from November 9 to November 17,2017 in Manila and Clark.
CAAP issued the notice (NOTAM B4588/17) that no drone operations shall be allowerd from 09-17 November 2017, 40 nautical miles radius centered on Luneta Park and NOTAM (B4593/17), 40 nautical miles radius centered on Clark DVOR.
CAAP said that Memorandum Circular No. 21 series of 2014 (dated June, 2014) and its amendments prohibits the flying of UAVs over populated areas, restricted areas such as airports and “no-fly zones” such as military training camps and Malacanang Palace.
The memorandum states that: no person may operate a UAV for hire or reward unless in possession of a UAV Certificate of Authorization from CAAP that authorizes the person to operate the UAV. Owners or operators are required to register their equipment with the CAAP, and secure a certification to operate from the agency.
Under the provisions of the Philippine Civil Aviation Regulations (PCAR), any operators found violating rules of the memorandum will be fined between P300,000 to P500,000, depending on the gravity of violations.
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