By Liezle Basa Inigo
LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) assured that flying schools operating in Pangasinan will be closely monitored for safety and security of Pangasinenses.
CAAP Cluster I Manager Ronald V. Estabillo gave this assurance when he represented the agency before the Pangasinan provincial board in its question hour on January 20 to update the body on the implementation of “no-fly zone” policy.
Sangguniang Panlalawigan member Jeremy Agerico B. Rosario said the provincial board earlier approved ordinance regarding the “no-fly zone” over the Capitol area in 2018.
Again, Governor Amado I. Espino III called on authorities to impose the no-fly zone policy due to the noticeably low-lying aircraft traversing the area during flag-raising ceremonies and other special events of the provincial government of Pangasinan.
“The concerned companies gave assurance of compliance and regular updates on their operations, said Rosario as he emphasized that aviation schools also pledged to reverse their landing approach to the opposite side of the runway during events of the provincial government of Pangasinan.
Estabillo identified two aviation schools operating in Lingayen Airport, namely Fastlink Aviation Academy, Inc., and Fast Aviation School. According to him, these schools have been following notice to airmen (NOTAM) released by the CAAP in May 2017 regarding the advisory on a no-fly zone in the Capitol premises during Mondays from 7:30 to 9 a.m.
Hence, the provincial board urged the Lingayen Airport and the aviation schools to consistently coordinate with the provincial government in anticipation of future activities in the province.