PHILIPPINE CIVIL AVIATION REGULATIONS
REMOTELY PILOTED AIRCRAFT SYSTEM PROVISIONS
PCAR Part 2
2.13 RPA CONTROLLER CERTIFICATE
- This Subsection applies to all persons conducting Remotely Piloted Aircraft System for commercial operations.
- This likewise applies to all persons conducting Remotely Piloted Aircraft System for non-commercial operations using Large RPAs or operating within the controlled or prohibited airspace in relation to PCAR Part 11.11.3 (c).
2.13.2 APPLICATION FOR RPA CONTROLLER CERTIFICATE
- The application for RPA Controller’s Certificate shall be made in writing, signed and sworn to by the applicant. The application shall also state the following:
- The date and place of filing;
- The name of applicant;
- The address of the applicant;
- The intended RPA to be controlled;
- Details of any flight crew license, air traffic control license or operations officer license that the applicant holds (include details of ratings, endorsements and qualifications);
- Details of applicant’s experience in operating RPAs.
- Evidence of the completion of any training course in RPA operation that the applicant has undertaken.
- The Authority may refuse to consider, or cease considering, the application until the applicant gives the information or a copy of it.
2.13.3 ELIGIBILITY FOR RPA CONTROLLER CERTIFICATE
- No person is eligible for the issuance of an RPA Controller Certificate unless he or she:
- Has completed an RPAs training course as conducted by the RPA manufacturer in the operation of the type of RPA that he or she proposes to operate; and
- Has at least five (5) hours experience in operating RPAs outside controlled airspace.
- Has Passed RPAS Exam.
- Has passed the demonstration flight conducted by the authorized personnel of the Authority.
2.13.4 CONDITIONS AS RPA CONTROLLER CERTIFICATE
- The Authority may impose a condition on the authorization of a person as a RPA controller in the interest of air navigation safety.
- Without limiting the generality of paragraph (a), the following conditions may be imposed:
- Allow the person to control RPAs of only specified kinds; or
- Limit the areas where he or she may control RPAs; or
- Allow him or her to control RPAs only in VMC.
2.13.5 RPA CONTROLLER CERTIFICATE: CONTENTS
- The RPA Controller Certificate shall contain the following information:
- Name of the person;
- RPA Controller PEL Number;
- Conditions and Limitations;
- Type rating; and
- Period of validity.
2.13.6 VALIDITY OF RPA CONTROLLER CERTIFICATE
- An RPA Controller Certificate issued by the Authority is effective for a period of five (5) years from date of issuance and remains valid until:
- The Authority amends, suspends, revokes or otherwise terminates the certificate;
- The RPA Controller surrenders it to the Authority.
2.13.7 SHOW CAUSE NOTICE TO RPA CONTROLLER CERTIFICATE HOLDER
- The Authority may give a show cause notice to an RPA Controller Certificate Holder if there are reasonable grounds for believing that there are facts or circumstances that would justify the cancellation of the certification under PCAR Part 2 Subpart 2.13.8
- A show cause notice shall include the following:
- tell the controller of the facts and circumstances that, in Authority’s opinion, would justify the cancellation of the RPA Controller Certificate under PCAR Part 2 Subpart 2.13.8; and
- invite the controller to show in writing, within a reasonable time stated in the notice, why the RPA Controller Certificate should not be cancelled.
- A show cause notice may state that the RPA Controller Certificate is suspended if the Authority reasonably considers that there may be a serious risk to air navigation safety if the certification were not to be suspended.
- If a show cause notice states that the RPA Controller Certificate is suspended, the certification is suspended from when the notice is given to the holder.
- The Authority may at any time revoke the suspension.
- If the approval is suspended and the Authority has not dealt with it under PCAR Part 2 Subpart 2.13.8 within 90 days after the day it is suspended, the suspension lapses at the end of that period.
2.13.8 CANCELLATION OF RPA CONTROLLER CERTIFICATE
- The Authority may cancel an RPA Controller certificate by written notice to the controller, if:
- The Authority has given to the controller a show cause notice under PCAR Part 2 Subpart 2.13.7 in relation to it;
- The Authority has taken into account any representation made, within the period stated in the notice, by or on behalf of the controller; and
- there are reasonable grounds for believing that the controller:
- has operated an RPA in contravention of these Subpart or of a condition of the certification; or
- has operated the RPA negligently or carelessly; or
- in operating the RPA, has recklessly endangered human life or property.
- If the Authority has given a show cause notice under PCAR Part 2 Subpart 2.13.7 to an RPA Controller Certificate Holder, and it decides not to cancel the approval, the Authority shall:
- Inform the controller in writing of the decision; and/or
- Revoke the suspension if the controller’s authorization is suspended under that regulation.
2.13.9 CANCELLATION AT REQUEST OF HOLDER
- The Authority may cancel a RPA Controller Certificate if asked to do so in writing by the controller.
- The cancellation takes effect upon the issuance by the Authority of such order cancelling the RPA Controller Certificate.
2.13.10 VALIDATION OF FOREIGN RPA CONTROLLER CERTIFICATE, LICENSE OR AUTHORIZATION
- A person who holds a current and valid RPA Controller Certificate, License or Authorization issued by another Contracting State may apply for a validation of such license or authorization for use on Remotely Piloted Aircraft registered with the Authority.
- The Authority shall verify with the authenticity of the license/authorization and ratings with the issuing state.
- A validation certificate will be issued, provided:
- that the applicant shall present to the Authority the foreign issued license/authorization.
- that the foreign issued license/authorization is current and valid.
- A validation certificate, based upon the relevant foreign issued license/authorization, will be issued provided the following requirements are met:
- The applicant for the validation certificate shall present to the Authority the foreign license/authorization and evidence of the experience required by PCAR Part 2; 2.13.3.
- The validation certificate will be valid for one (1) year, provided that the foreign license/authorization are still current and valid.
- The applicant for the validation certificate shall:
- have completed RPA training course conducted by the RPA manufacturer in the operation of the type of RPA that he or she proposes to operate;
- have at least five (5) hours experience in operating RPAs.
- pass the demonstration flight conducted by the authorized personnel of the Authority.