No drones, planes: CAAP enforces no fly zone at Batasan, Plaridel for SONA


Posted at Jul 20 2019 11:19 AM | Updated as of Jul 20 2019 02:53 PM

MANILA (UPDATE) — The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) will be implementing limited and no-fly zones at the Batasang Pambansa Complex "and its immediate vicinity" in Quezon City as well as in Plaridel, Bulacan starting Saturday, July 20 until July 23.

In an advisory, CAAP said this is to ensure security and safety during the opening of the 18th Congress and the 4th State of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo Duterte at the House of Representatives on Monday, July 22.

CAAP said the no fly zone will be enforced from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. within a 4-nautical mile (about 7.4 kilometers) radius from the surface to 10,000 feet of the House of Representatives on Monday.

But from 10:47 a.m. of July 20 until 11 a.m. of July 21, drones and aircraft will be limited from flying at a vertical limit of 8,000 feet AGL (above ground level) within a 10-kilometer radius of Batasang Pambansa.

The 10-km radius surrounding Plaridel, Bulacan, where several flying schools are located, will also be a no-fly zone on July 22 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to CAAP. 

CAAP also suspended training flights of Luzon flying schools from 12 a.m. of July 22, Monday, to 12 a.m. of July 23, Tuesday.