Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS), commonly referred to as a drone, is an unmanned aircraft that is piloted from a remote pilot station. It is a new component of the aviation system that is integrated into the Philippine airspace.

Drone technology, albeit a niche aviation operation, is on the cusp of a revolution. Since its introduction in the Philippines, there has been a considerable surge in the market for these drones for both commercial and recreational use. However, a number of these drone owners and operators have limited knowledge and understanding of the proper use of these devices, the security and safety risks it poses, and their possible interference with commercial air traffic.

In order to maintain the highest possible level of safety, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) crafted a set of rules and regulations that serves as guidance on the registration and operational requirements of drones.

It is imperative that the flying of drones does not compromise aviation and public safety. So, if you intend to fly a drone, it is mandatory that you review and comply with the regulatory requirements and perform checks on your drone to ensure its safe operation.

PCAR Part 1  General Policies, Procedures, and Definitions Sets forth the basic rules of construction and application of the regulations, provides for the definition of terms, and serves as reference for imposable sanctions and monetary penalties.  
PCAR Part 2  Personnel Licensing Contains the licensing requirements for Remotely Piloted Aircraft System Controller.   Refer to Types of Operations to see if you are required to secure a Controller Certificate.
PCAR Part 4  Aircraft Registration and Marking Provides the process and specifications for drone registrations and markings.  
PCAR Part 11  Aerial Work and Operating Limitations for Non-Type Certificated Aircraft Covers both commercial and non-commercial RPAS operations and specifies guidance and limitations for its safe operations.   Refer to Types of Operations to see if you are required to secure an Operator