The Bicol government is reiterating its ban on flying of kites, hot air balloons and other remote-controlled devices over the Bicol International Airport. It also bans laser beams or high intensity lights being pointed at the airport and on flight paths as it could jeopardize flight safety.
Unauthorized flying in the air space of the Bicol International Airport (BIA) is now considered a crime.
This after Albay Governor Al Francis C. Bichara approved Provincial Ordinance 0059-2021 on November 4, 2021 that prohibits the entry of unauthorized kites, hot air balloons, and any remote-controlled flying devices that could obstruct aircraft operations within the Bicol airport's immediate environs.
The Bicol provincial government has reiterated its ordinance as a preventive approach.
The ordinance issued by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, Albay Province has declared BIA's 16 kilometer radius as a protected area.
It also prohibits the pointing of laser lights to aircraft as well as the entry of persons, vehicles or animals in runway without the permission and approval of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), BIA's operator.
The CAAP stressed that
"it is not only dangerous but also illegal to use laser beams or high intensity lights pointed at the airport and on flight paths as it could jeopardize aircraft safety."
Violation of the ordinance carries a fine of not exceeding P5,000 and/or imprisonment of not less than 15 days to six months, subject to the discretion of courts.
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