RCV-0-011 - CAAP Update by RC Victory World
Fellow RC Enthusiasts,
On July 31, 2014 Erwin Dematera and a host of other RC Enthusiasts had a meeting in order to be updated and obtain insights into what has been happening with CAAP (Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines) in relation to the new circular affecting all RC and UAV Enthusiasts.
Erwin Dematera, he has been in meetings with CAAP since last Friday, July 25, 2014, where he jumped out of bed to immediately proceed to CAAP in order to find out what had happened. He then further followed it up on Monday July 28, 2014 as well as Wednesday July 30, 2014 and has the following things to say in order to keep us informed of the progress.
First, the Good News:
In essence, RC enthusiasts can basically carry on with their activities as long as they confine themselves within the designated flying fields. Therefore, as long as flying activities are done within the compounds designated flying fields, it is acceptable. However, safety must be upheld as the foremost priority.
The question if flying in one's own property came up, so the simple answer is: Flying within the compound of one's own property is obviously possible provided the flight is confined within the property. If someone happens to have a small property not much larger than a hole in the wall, which is usually a condo nowadays with no more than two or three parking slot size, then that is basically your flying field. So the next best thing to affiliate oneself with a flying field. Now, I would like to make sure that this statement is well understood. If the property you own is small, and flying it out the window is a tempting thing to do, please don't. Outside your window is no longer considered your own property.
Others may own their own plot of land which may stretch up to hectars in size. For some who don't then it is of course good to know someone who does. However, when flying within one's own land large enough, please ensure the following.
- Keep the flying within the jurisdiction of one's own property. Do not trespass over to your neighbour's lot.
- Be mindful if your current property happens to be a flight path for airplanes or heli.
- Keep below 400 feet as height limit.
It is basically difficult to be under scrutiny but it is important to show good behavior while under scrutiny. The whole idea is simply to prove to the governing authority that we are a responsible group of people and that we can be trusted. This is currently the challenge we all face.
Some Intersting News:
Many flyers are confused over the new licensing rules implemented by CAAP, in relation to commercial use of UAV. However, at this moment, no resolution or any decisions have yet been made regarding this matter by CAAP. This unfortunately is something that is going to take time and effort in adjusting, fine tuning and resolving the commercial issues for now. We urge all flyers to be patient in regards to this matter especially UAV operators who are currently operating a business out of this. It is important for all of us to be patient with the matter at hand and work our way through this coming out the other side victorious rather than denied.
Personal Point of View:
I would like to share with you the progress of what Erwin Dematera has achieved within a short period of time given. To put things into prospective, Erwin's visit to CAAP and gaining back the "Status Quo" for hobbyist is a great milestone for everyone within this hobby. Within the three visits, he was able to clarify with CAAP the distinctive differentiation between hobbyist vs. commercial use. This is a very important milestone and success for us all since most of us are hobbyist and this allows us in the near future the opportunity to fine tune the regulations with CAAP provided that we as hobbyist can show a trustworthy level of complience for future cooperation. The amended circular from CAAP can be considered stringent and unflexible, but it is a new ruling and it is here to stay. The only thing we can do now, is first to comply and then later work towards fine tuning the rule later for the benefit of all.
Right now, we the RC Enthusiasts overnight have been put under a microscope and are now under close watch. For this reason, we must be on our best behavior for the sake of our hobby. We are under scutiny not because we have done something wrong, but rather, we are being watched because there is a possibility and potential that we can do something wrong against our fellow people."
Yes, it is a rather uncomfortable position to be in, but somehow, due to the irresponsibilities of the few and possibliy not even within our own shores, we have by default been placed under CAAP's watch. Therefore it is important to keep ourselves safe and clean in order to not escalate the situation. Weather we like it or not, this is currently the reality we face. Yes, the irresponsible acts of the FEW, have caused great tragedies to the MANY. I am sure we here in the Philippines are all to familiar with this scenario.
Well, yes, it happens to many places around the Philippines, but let us not let this happen to our beloved hobby. Let us all work together and ensure that we all look good in the eyes of our authority and not become rogue and "LET A FEW RUIN IT FOR THE MANY AGAIN."
It is important to remember that CAAP is watching closely over us, therefore, keeping within our best behavior is a good rule to follow. It is important to remember that we hobbyist and of course hobbyist turned UAV operators must all stand together and provide a single voice within our industry showing strong unity and synergy amongst us all.
Erwin Dematera has strongly stated that he is already working hard to help us all in comminicating with CAAP more effectively in hopes of gaining further headway over this newly enacted regulation which also includes possible softening of the commercial regulations. Therefore, we want to inform you that gate crashers to CAAP will only irritate them and might either prolong or derail our desired outcome due to unofficial and or confilicting statements that leads to confusion rather than clarity. So, let us all unite and work together for the common good of our beloved hobby and potential business.
Remember CAAP is watching closely over us, therefore, keeping within our best behavior is a good rule to follow.
We will continue our updates with you as the events progress. Therefore please share this with others so that we can fully spread the word.
RC Victory World