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Drone use is allowed in the Philippines, but there are several drone laws that need to be followed when flying in the country. Operators must ensure that they follow the following drone laws when flying in Philippines,
A drone permit is not required for recreational drone use. Please adhere to the above General Philippine Drone Laws however when flying your drone. (What Is Recreational Drone Use?)
A permit is required for commercial drone use in the Philippines.
An operator shall not engage in aerial work operations unless in possession of a valid certificate of authorization issued by the Authority.
Each applicant shall make the application for an initial issue of a certificate of authorization at least 90 days before the date of intended operation.
The Authority may issue a certificate of authorization if, after investigation, the Authority finds that the applicant:
(1) Is a citizen of the Republic of the Philippines,
(2) Has its principal place of business and its registered office, if any, located in
Republic of the Philippines;
(3) Meets the applicable regulations and standards for the holder of a certificate of authorization;
(4) Is properly and adequately equipped for safe operations in aerial work and maintenance of the aircraft; and
(b) The Authority may deny an application for a certificate of authorization if the Authority
(1) The applicant is not properly or adequately equipped or is not able to conduct safe aerial work operations;
(2) The applicant previously held a certificate of authorization which was revoked; or
(3) An individual that contributed to the circumstances causing the revocation process of a certificate of authorization obtains substantial ownership or is employed in a position required by this country regulation.
For a detailed guide to bringing your drone on airplanes click here. All drones should be brought on carry on luggage if possible. This is because according to the Montreal Convention, airlines are only liable for losses up to ~$1,000 USD. When traveling internationally, theft and lost luggage can be common issues, particularly if your flight has many connections. If your drone is worth more than $1,000 USD and you cannot bring it onto the plane you should consider shipping it with DHL, Fedex, or UPS instead and fully insure the shipment.
You should NOT place drone batteries in your checked baggage. All drone batteries should be placed in a Medium Size Lipo Battery Bag like the one shown here in the link and brought onto the plane in your carry on bag. Lithium-ion batteries are considered “dangerous goods” by airlines and rules surrounding these batteries on planes are EXTREMELY strict due to multiple incidents of these batteries catching fire. Failure to properly pack lithium-ion batteries in a bag such as the one shown in the link above can result in the airline seizing them, you getting fined, or being denied boarding.
Here is some video footage shot by Aren Goodman when flying a drone in the Philippines.
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