28 July 2015
A Cebu Pacific ATR plane (5J892) was hit by lightning while gaining altitude on its way to Manila from Kalibo after it left the airport around 6:50AM today.
No one was reported injured on the incident.
|A GulfStream G-IV (N277GM) jet carrying a famous pop star was denied clearance to leave Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) yesterday after its passenger was held in Manila for Estafa charges.|
Its famous passenger, American pop singer Mr. Christopher Maurice Brown a.k.a. Chris Brown and his promoter John Michael Pio Roda were barred from leaving the country as they were placed under the immigration lookout bulletin, following the former’s solo concert at the SM Mall of Asia Arena on Tuesday night.
A lookout bulletin was issued against Brown in relation to a criminal complaint filed by Maligaya Development Corp. (MDC) over his failure to fulfill earlier commitment to perform at the Philippine Arena for the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC's) New Year countdown celebration on Dec. 31, 2014 after having fully paid for their services.
Brown’s plane was set to leave at 1 p.m. yesterday from a private hangar near Terminal 4 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) for a concert in Hong Kong.
The chartered jet is owned by Whirlpool Corporation of the United States.
|The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has issued the first unmanned aerial vehicle license and certificate of authorization to operate a "drone" for commercial purposes.|
Lt. Gen. William Hotchkiss, director general of CAAP, issued the license to Joel Cruz, the owner of SRDP Engineering and Consulting to operate two of their unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or more popularly known as "drones."
Hotchkiss said the historical issuance of license and certification to operate the drone is a mandatory requirement for all owners of large UAV units that they use for commercial business.
Hotchkiss added that they also encourage all UAV operators that use their drone for personal purposes to also register their unit for safety and security reasons.
"Let us all be good citizens and keep our sky safe for the aircraft and it's passengers," Hotchkiss said.
Cruz, meanwhile, said that as a professional company engaged in engineering and aerial typography, they are honored to be the first commercial UAV operator to register their drone.
The two UAVs are now officially registered as RP U001A and RP U002A. SRDP or the registered license operator, Cruz, will now be required to file the necessary flight plan whenever he plans to use the drone.
Capt. Efren Rocamora of CAAP safety standards, however, reminded Cruz that the 10-kilometer radius for no-fly zone on all airports in the Philippines still applies even if he is a registered UAV operator.
Rocamora is also urging all UAV owners for sports or hobby purposes to register their drones with CAAP.
|The Philippines has send 135-strong UN Peacekeepers of the 19th Philippine Contingent to Haiti (19th PCH) which are all-Philippine Air Force members at Villamor Air Base around 2:30 pm, yesterday July 7, 2015 for a one-year UN peacekeeping mission. |
The contingent will replace the Philippine Navy contingent 18th PCH scheduled to return to the country next week, July 14. Filipino peacekeepers to Haiti are participating in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti.
The Filipino peacekeepers were flown to Port Au Prince on board a UN Chartered Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 767-300ER (ET-AMG) plane via Honolulu and Los Angeles for technical stop overs.
|Brand new Bell 412EP helicopters for the Philippine Air Force (PAF). Ptoto courtesy Allan Firmeza.|