[talk-ph] Drones

Mark Cupitt markcupitt at gmail.com
Sun Jul 27 17:19:35 UTC 2014

Drone memo bugs plane hobbyists*By Eric B. Apolonio* | Jul. 28, 2014 at


Hundreds of hobbyists “piloting” radio-controlled airplanes will have to
comply with the memorandum of the Civil Aviation and Authority of the
Philippines on unmanned aircraft vehicle or pay a fine of up to P500,000
per flight.

Capt. Beda Badiola, CAAP-Assistant Director General and head of Flight
Standard Inspectorate Service, said the regulation also covered amateur
videographers or photographers, researchers, geodetic survey firms and
broadcast media.

Even before drone became a byword especially in the military,
remote-controlled planes have been a popular “sport” among closely-knit
circles of enthusiasts who have built and modified kits on scale aircraft
from  World War II-era T-28 Trojan “Tora Tora” and B-25 Mitchell to the
turbine-powered F-15 Eagle and F-22 Raptor fighter jet models.

In December last year, modellers held the first Philippine R/C Aircraft
Congress at the Angeles City Flying Club in Magalang, Pampanga, where
flight manuevers included aerobatics in a mini-version of an international
air show.

Under Memorandum Circular 21 series of 2014 dated June 26, 2014, drone
owners or operators are  required to register and secure a certification to
operate from the agency.

To be certified as UAV controller, an applicant must qualify for a radio
operator’s certificate of proficiency; have been awarded a passed rating in
an aviation license theory examination; have been awarded a passed rating
in an instrument theory examination;completed a training course on the
operation of the type of UAV that he/she posses to operate; have at least
five hours experience operating UAVs outside controlled airspace.

The applicant must also obtain at least one of three certifications: Flight
crew license with a command instrument training; Military qualification
equivalent to a license; or Air traffic control license.

The directive likewise requires a detailed description of the UAV and
purpose for its use.

Under Philippine Civil Aviation Regulations, “any operators found violating
rules will be fined between P300,000 to P500,000 per unauthorized flight
depending on the grave of violations”.

The circular also banned flying UAVs over populated places, restricted
corridors such as Malacañan Palace, airports and no-fly zones of military

The CAAP defines a Large UAV as unmanned airship with an envelope capacity
greater than 100 cubic meters; a Micro UAV as UAV with a gross weight of
100 grams or less; and Small UAV as  neither a large UAV nor a micro UAV


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