2 Hour Rule In Effect

31 August 2016

The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) has issued an order requiring all domestic and international carriers to “immediately start deplaning procedures of passengers once tarmac delay hits two hours.”

In a Resolution issued today, CAB limited the waiting times on the tarmac to address “passenger convenience” and “safety concerns”.

The CAB’s two-hour limit is tighter than the current international standard to begin deplaning after three hours of delay.

The CAB resolution also mandates that carriers “should provide adequate food and potable water not later than two hours after delay.” Passengers should also be provided with a status update from the aircraft’s “pilot in charge” every 30 minutes starting from the first half hour of delay.

“Air carriers should assign a point person or person of authority to monitor effects of delay, address passenger queries and provide passenger guidance on updates on status of delayed or cancelled flights,” the resolution adds.

“Air carriers should assign a point person or person of authority to monitor effects of delay, address passenger queries and provide passenger guidance on updates on status of delayed or cancelled flights,” the resolution said.

Rescuer's Rescue Crashed, Retrieved Dead

Bad Weather Likely Cause

29 August 2016

The pilots of Airbus Helicopter (RP-C2688) AS350B2 type operated by Macroasia Air Taxi Services that went on rescue mission Monday and never arrived at its destination was retrieved yesterday by the Philippine Air Force (PAF) with bodies of two pilots still strapped on the French-built helicopter.

The ill-fated chopper was supposed to pick up and rescue stranded construction and engineering personnel working at the Sumag diversion tunnel in Quezon but it went missing along the way to the mine site last Monday, August 22, and its location unknown. Bad weather with heavydownpour and strong turbulence was reported in the area on the date of the crash.

CAAP Operations and Rescue Coordinating Center (ORCC) identified the fatalities as Capt. Miguel C. Logronio and his Aircraft Mechanic Eng. Jay Gregorio.

Bad weather foiled search and rescue efforts to retrieve bodies of the helicopter pilot and his assistant after being found by SAR Sokol (922) helicopter of the 505th search and rescue group Tuesday afternoon. Rescue teams were prevented by zero visibility, strong winds and heavy rains from reaching the crash site until Saturday morning when a helicopter from the same company piloted by Capt. Jojo Consunji was able to penetrate the crash site and dropped two rescuers to the ground over the mountains of Gen. Nakar town in Quezon Province. Retrieval and recovery operations by the 505th search and rescue group at Villamor Airbase were concluded Sunday morning.

Civilian volunteers Pureforce Rescue group, Conrad Tomeldan, Jude Estrada, Capt. Boy Garucho, Alex Limjuoco, Cavdeal, MWSS, Transcare and the local Dumagats in the area also helped search for the missing chopper.

Philippine Airports With Night Landing Capability

11 August 2016

Philippine National Airports
with Night Landing Capabilities and ILS Facilities
As of July 2016



RWY Lights

1Clark International Airportxx
2Francisco Bangoy International Airportxx
3Kalibo International Airportxx
4Laoag International Airportxx
5Mactan-Cebu International Airportxx
6Ninoy Aquino International Airportxx
7Puerto Princesa International Airportxx
8Subic Bay International Airportxx
9Tambler International Airportxx
10Zamboanga International Airportxx
11Bacolod-Silay Airportxx
12Butuan Airportxx
13Iloilo Airportxx
14Laguindingan Airportxx
15Tacloban Airportxx
16Legaspi Airportxx
17Dumaguete Airportx2016
ILS Under Construction
1Dipolog Airportx2016
2Ozamiz Airport20162017
3Tugegarao Airport20162017
4Roxas Airport20172018
5Cotabato Airport20172018
Planned ILS Installations
1Naga Airport20182019
2Pagadian Airport20182019
Source: Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines                                                x- installed facility

Manila Airport Closes Again

10 August 2016

The main runway of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) 6/24 closes again Wednesday night after a Philippine Air Force (PAF) Fokker F27 aircraft with registry number 10-620 got disabled at runway 06/24 upon landing due to two busted tires at the wings. The resulting incident prevented KLM (PH-BVC) which was already on the active to hold take-off at runway 24. The Boeing triple seven plane was expected to fly to Taipei before it heads to Amsterdam when the PAF plane was stuck at the runway unable to moved further.

The airport's secondary runway 13-31 remains unaffected and continues to accommodate narrow body flights.

All arriving wide body flights were ordered to land in Clark Airport due to closure of Manila's main runway. Affected flights were Cebu Pacific flight 5J19 (RP-C3346)from Kuwait, Philippine Airlines flight PR307(RP-C8785) from Hong Kong, and a Boeing 787 Dreamliner of ANA NH819(JA815A) from Tokyo Narita.

NAIA's 6-24 runway lights were fixed an hour later around 9:37 pm.

7 aircraft diverted to Clark Airport due to bad weather

9 August 2016

Seven commercial aircraft of Cebu Pacific Air and AirPhil Express were diverted Tuesday to Clark International Airport due to bad weather and poor visibility at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila.

In a report, Clark Airport’s command center said that Cebu Pacific flights from Tagbilaran, Ozamis, Zamboanga and Mactan, and Airphil Express flights from Butuan and Catarman, as well as an ATR private plane from Palawan were all diverted to Clark Airport.

All the aircraft that landed safely at Clark has returned to Manila.

According to the report, the diverted aircraft were set to return to NAIA as of press time. PNA

Presidential No Fly Zone Rule Removed

29 July 2016

By Azer Parrocha


The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has issued directive suspending the special operations rule on the use of all Philippine airports by the Chief Executive upon directive of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Newly appointed CAAP Director General Capt. Antonio Buendia Jr. signed the Memorandum Order yesterday and addressed to all chiefs of facilities/facility in charge and airport managers telling them the procedure would no longer be implemented effective immediately.

The quasi-emergency procedure apply during take-offs and landings of Presidential flights.

PAL Takes Hajj Flight Again

28 July 2016

After almost ten years of hiatus service, flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) has agreed to ferry special flights to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to serve the travel needs of Muslims taking part in the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca on August 15 – 24, 2016 with mono-class Airbus A330-300 aircraft.

PAL President and COO Jaime J. Bautista said, “We are heeding the clamor of our Muslim brothers and sisters for a convenient link to a destination in the Middle East which will serve as their gateway to Mecca. PAL looks forward to be their official carrier as they fulfill this annual religious tradition.”

Special PAL flight to the KSA shall depart from Manila non-stop to Medina, from where pilgrims will travel to Mecca (KSA) , Islam’s holiest city. Return services will fly from Jeddah via Dubai to Manila.

NAIA Closed For Heavy Traffic

18 July 2016

Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) was closed for Heavy traffic Monday morning causing 28 flight diversions to Clark, most of them international and domestic flights.

Mandatory closure was made after Eva Air's B747-400's was hit by asphalt debris during landing from the asphalt overlay disintegration in the western portion of Runway 06/24 causing fractures to its flaps.

The runway Foreign Object Debris (FOD) caused damaged to the flap of the aircraft which prompted the Civil Aviation Authority (CAAP) to close runway 06/24 to avoid similar accidents and to schedule emergency repairs at the affected runway. Similar conditions prompted the closure of Tacloban airport a year ago. Runway debris has caused the crash of Air France's Concorde.

MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal said the CAAP issued the order to temporary close runway 06/24 for safety reasons and has accordingly issued NOTAMS to airlines. Others airlines that have not taken off yet were put on hold at airport of origin until further notice.

Runway 13/31 remains open for turboprops and A320/A321 departures and landing, but NAIA says that passenger should expect delays because the existing runway cannot accommodate all existing aircraft scheduled to depart and arrive on that time. Some of domestic turboprop and jet flights were likewise diverted to Clark on account of fuel starvation due to long holding patterns.

Initial investigations revealed poor asphalt mix by the contractor which resulted to less bearing capacity and bonding disintegration aggravated by water seepage brought by heavier load of tyres of heavy aircraft such as the Airbus A330 and A340's, and Boeing B777 and B747s landing at the airports main runway. The disintegrated asphalt becomes FOD that was blown away by thrust of big jet engines before hitting a Boeing 747 of Eva Air. The dis-integrated asphalt caused a huge five-inch deep hole with an area one meter wide, and nine meters long, according to Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) sources.

The airport authority said the runway was closed to traffic at 8:30 a.m. pending emergency repairs and construction work that should measure about 4 meters by 19 meters.

Repair works is scheduled to be completed at 10:00 p.m. but runway is expected to be open after curing period about an hour later or between 11-12 midnight at the latest, depending on the progress of the repairs. Runway was opened at 10:45 p.m. with first departure by PAL A321 destined for Davao made at 11:07 p.m. Eva Air flaps was repaired overnight by Lufthansa Teknik (LTP) and has since left Manila this morning.

Irate passengers of diverted flights make their way from Clark International Airport to Manila as airlines opted to disembark passengers. All diverted flights have returned to Manila early Tuesday morning. Diverted flights include those from PAL Express, Philippine Airlines, AirAsia Zest, Cebu Pacific, Air Juan, Asian Aerospace, Emirates, Saudia Airlines, Etihad, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airline and Oman Air.