The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has issued a couple of notices to airmen (NOTAM) that no drone of Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle (UAV) will be allowed to operate 40 nautical miles radius centered on Luneta Park and Clark DVOR from November 9 to 17.
Drone operators including hobbyists were reminded that a “no-fly zone” will strictly be implemented in line with the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings which will be held in Manila and Clark.
CAAP said that under the Memorandum Circular No. 21 series of 2014 (dated June, 2014) and its amendments in Memorandum Circular No. 35 (dated November 2014), it 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 rewards 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 PHP300,000 to PHP500,000 depending on the gravity of violations.
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