Thumbs up! Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines opens its doors to Philippine UAV operators.

Was glad to be part of this meeting. And here's the write-up about the recent event from one of the attendees.


(Pasay City, Philippines) - The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) recently opened its doors to a “UAV Industry Stakeholder” Conference with various Philippine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) operators, as well as the Philippine Remote Control Congress (PRCC) and recreational RC flying fields on February 27, 2015 at the CAAP Director General’s Conference Room.

CAAP officials and department heads that were present at the Conference. Capt. Beda Badiola – Assistant Director General and Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of the Flight Standards Inspectorate Service; Capt. Efren Rocamora - OIC of the Regulatory Standards Department; Capt. Manuel Foronda – OIC of the Licensing Department; Capt. Nes Del Castillo – OIC of the Flight Operations Department and Engr. Alimben Nara of the Airworthiness Department.

A number of UAV Operators attended the forum which encompasses a wide berth of industries and backgrounds that utilize multirotor / fixed wing UAV’s.

  • The hobbyist/recreational flyer who simply want to fly and enjoy the new capabilities of UAV aircraft. To aspiring aeromodelers who plan to transition into some sort of UAV-related business in the future.
  • New freelancers who want to know more about the regulatory process and professional freelancers trying to quickly comply in order to formalize their current projects.
  • Companies utilizing UAV’s for aerial photography, remote sensing and survey purposes. Primarily for urban planning, real estate and engineering applications.
  • Movie equipment rental industry and live event companies with UAV services.
  • Industrial applications to improve safety, increase efficiency and cut cost for various industries ranging from farm lands, oil and gas, mining, construction inspection and including search and rescue considerations.
  • Local developers, integrators and manufacturers of UAV’s.
  • Educational, academic, research, training institutions and related works.
  • Distributors of UAV products.

The Conference was chaired by the two founding members of Philippine Remote Control Congress ( and both are UAV Developers and Integrators of the technology. Obi Mapua, CEO of Mapua Institute of Technology from 1994 to 2000, one of the leading engineering universities in the Philippines; and Erwin Dematera who has commercial pilot's license and the first to obtain a CAAP UAV Controllers license (UAV Pilot) Certification.

The main topic of discussion is the CAAP’s Memorandum Circular MC 35-14 which is the recent amendment of the Philippine Civil Aviation Regulations (PCAR) Part 4 and Part 11 in the registration UAV’s, its controllers and operators. The recently concluded Conference gave a chance for the UAV operators to seek consultation and guidance with regards to the new UAV regulations.

After half a day of invigorating discussions between the CAAP, UAV industry stakeholders and recreational aeromodelers. The UAV Industry Stakeholders Conference came to a successful conclusion. The Conference achieved several important outcomes with a very positive impact in the Philippine UAV industry, as well as the recreational UAV and RC aeromodelers.

All thumbs up for the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, and the Philippine UAV Industry!

Reference: GMA News : “CAAP: Drones for commercial use must be registered”. 1/29/2015.

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