A UAV abandoned at the NAIA perimeter and seized by the civil aviation regulators is seen in this May 2015 file photo. INTERAKSYON.COM

MANILA – The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has amended its rules and regulations on drones, simplifying the requirements for controllers and operators to fly them and enhancing provisions to ensure public safety.

Taking note of the surge in the number of drone enthusiasts, CAAP director general William K. Hotchkiss III issued on April 13 a memorandum circular 29-15 which makes changes on the existing drone operation regulations under memorandum circular 35-14 for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Memorandum circular 35-14 or amendments to the Philippine Civil Aviation Regulations (PCAR) pertaining to UAVs, was issued on November 20, 2014.

Explaining the amendment, Hotchkiss said, “The operation of drones has grown exponentially over the past years and although the authority already has safety and security regulations and operational requirements for drones, we have to make adjustments to keep up with developments in the technology to enhance and ensure the safe and secure drone operations.”

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