UNTV News & Rescue achieved another milestone in the history of Philippine broadcast industry after receiving an Operator Certificate of Registration license from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) on June 5, 2018.
The public service channel is the first media outfit in the country that has complied with all the requirements of the said agency.
“We would like to congratulate UNTV for being the first ever TV station to comply with the civil aviation regulation that now gives them operator certificate. We hope all the news agencies will follow on your steps to acquire certificate because it’s for the safety of our flying public airspace,” said CAAP regulations officer Xavier Lasang.
The Operator Certificate of Registration is given by the CAAP to an entity who uses drone for commercial purposes. This registration is needed to ensure that all drone units are safe to be operated or “airworthy” with third-party liability (TPL) insurance if any accident occurs.
At present, UNTV has three licenses.
1. Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPAS) Controller Certificate of Registration (license for drone pilots)
2. Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPAS) Certificate of Registration (license for drone units)
3. Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPAS) Operator Certificate of Registration (company license)
UNTV’s team of drone pilots is composed of news cameramen deployed in different areas using CAAP-approved drone units with respective registration marking of the agency. Also, the team has an organized structure that implements standard operating procedure and has a system in deploying drone units.
Capturing aerial footages to deliver news in a higher perspective
Since 2013, public service channel UNTV News & Rescue heightens its news coverage by pioneering the use of drone technology. It enables the station to provide a better view of situations that are important to the country.
UNTV Drones had already covered a wide variety of scenarios such as national events, government activities and social issues to mention a few. This high altitude coverage also captures real-time footages during rush hour road checks and catastrophes such as huge fire accidents and volcano eruption.
Take a look at some of the photos taken by UNTV drones.
In an interview, BMPI President and CEO, Kuya Daniel Razon mentioned that UNTV concentrates the use of drone technology for news gathering and rescue operations, all for public service.
The team is now looking forward to utilizing this kind of technology in emergency situations such as transporting medical kits and life-saving tools.
“We will continue to enhance the use of our drones for news and rescue teams that we are now focusing on. We want to learn more on how to maximize the use of other technologies with the use drones,” Razon added.
UNTV Drone Academy opens its doors
The first batch of UNTV staff holding their Drone 101 certificate from UNTV Drone Academy.
With the increasing demand for skilled drone aviators, the Drone Academy will be opening its doors to the public after concluding its training session with UNTV’s news and productions crew.
The academy promotes proper and safe drone operation. In the future, it will be a learning facility for other aspiring pilots to help them comply with CAAP’s requirements to be an official drone controller. The training covers aviation regulations and legalities in drone operation.
Kuya Daniel Razon added that drone technology is not only limited to broadcasting and filmming but can be very useful to the government in monitoring security, solving societal problems and surveying areas. He is hoping that more people will soon realize the advantage of this technology in public service.
To watch UNTV Drone videos, click here.