eBee becomes first authorized commercial drone in Philippines

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has issued the country’s first UAV license and certificate of authorisation, allowing SRDP Engineering and Consulting to use a senseFly eBee drone for commercial purposes.

The issuing of a license and authorisation certificate is mandatory before companies in the Philippines can employ a drone for commercial work.

SRDP’s owner, Joel Cruz, is the company’s registered license operator. While now permitted to fly his senseFly eBee for commercial projects, such as topographic mapping and terrain modeling, Cruz is still required to file a flight plan with the CAAP prior to each project. He is also barred from flying within a 10-kilometer radius of any airport.

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