• Drones banned during Asean meetings

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    The country’s aviation regulator imposed a no-drone flying policy within a10- kilometer radius from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) starting Friday, August 4 until Tuesday, August 8 during the 50th ministerial meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) being held in Manila.

    The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has coordinated with the Manila International Airport Authority on the strict monitoring of drones owned by residents living near the NAIA.

    CAAP spokesman Eric Apolonio said drone owners are warned not to operate their machines or aerial unidentified vehicle (AUV) until the ministerial meetings end.

    Apolonio said the CAAP has released an advisory prohibiting the use of drones to avoid any confiscation or penalties to be imposed on all owners or operators who are caught violating the policy.

    Violators will be fined from P300,000 (US$6,803.57) to P500,000 (US$11,339.39) and possible confiscation of their drone or AUV, the CAAP said.

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