[talk-ph] Drones

Nick Brown nick at nickbrown.ca
Sun Jul 27 23:41:22 UTC 2014

Thanks Mark. I found the full memorandum at

Sadly there are some glaring omissions in this legislation that will likely
cause headaches for UAV operators and the CAAP. Of particular concern to
me, there is no mention of humanitarian uses of UAVs in post-disaster
situations.or for recognizing foreign certifications/licenses. It will make
using UAVs in future disaster responses even more challenging. I worry that
if an individual ignores these rules in the urgency of a humanitarian
response and releases the imagery publicly, CAAP would find out via news
and chase down the operator to fine them.

On Mon, Jul 28, 2014 at 1:19 AM, Mark Cupitt <markcupitt at gmail.com> wrote:

> Drone memo bugs plane hobbyists*By Eric B. Apolonio* | Jul. 28, 2014 at
> 12:01am
> <http://manilastandardtoday.com/2014/07/28/drone-memo-bugs-plane-hobbyists#>
> 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
> camps.
> 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
> Regards
> Mark Cupitt
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