The controversial charge of $1,874 to certify commercial use of drones has been suspended for a period of six months while the Attorney General decides on its legality.
The suspension of the charge applies to all commercial users of drones for a period of six months.At the same time, the government has announced a differentiated regime for micro enterprises registered as such with the MEIC, meaning that they are exempted from the payment of $1,874 for certification.
Aero Expo Panama Pacific will be held at the Panama Pacific Airport on April 20 and 21 2017, and will bring together companies linked to the Latin American aeronautical industry.
The website states that"...Aero Expo 2017 Panama Pacific is the most important event for general and private aviation in Latin America.It will explore the latest trends in the business aviation and helicopters sector in Latin America, the Caribbean and Panama.
With a school of aeronautical firefighters, a center for aircraft maintenance and better programs of aviation mechanics, the country aims to become a regional aviation cluster.
Although the promised expansion of the international airport Ronulfo Monsignor is still going at a slow pace, the area of aviation training and commercial aircraft maintenance is prepared to improve its services and turn the country into a hub for the aircraft industry at the regional level. Mario Martinez, director of the Central Institute of Aeronautics Training (ICCAE), told Elsalvador.com that "... it is right time for the country to take advantage of all the elements that it can intergrate in order to be eligible to be a cluster in the coming years. 'The location we have is key. We can create a first class logistics platform. '"
In 40 thousand square meters of the Enrique Jimenez airport, a repair station for commercial wide-body aircraft will be set up, with an investment of $35 million.
The Board of Directors of Tocumen SA has endorsed the proposal originally presented in July by an enterprise founded on foreign capital, now associated and represented by local investors, to develop a maintenance workshop at the airport in Colon to provide aircraft servicing.
The government of Panama has filed a lawsuit to annul the contract for the purchase of 19 radars from the Italian company Finmeccanica and a temporary suspension while the claim is being settled.
A year after stopping the execution of the project to install radars provided by the company Selex, the Varela administration is now asking for the cancelation of this contract, arguing, among other things, that "... there is 'misuse of power' in contracting with the conglomerate Finmeccanica, which owns Selex. The government requested in the application presented to the Third Chamber of the Supreme Court the provisional suspension of the contract.
Increased demand has been reported of the commercial use of drones in the country, where 15 formal enterprises are engaged in importing and marketing of these products.
In addition to the 15 formal companies that sell drones, it is estimated that there are approximately 25 informal companies. Demand for these devices have evolved and they are now used for photography, TV commercials, property appraisals and recording social events.
The Civil Aviation Authority will be presenting in April standards to regulate the commercial uses of drones, forcing operators to possess technical records, operating manuals and a policy against damage to third parties.
The rules which the Civil Aviation Authority intends to put forward in April to the Civil Aviation Technical Council exclude their use for recreational or sporting purposes, including them within the practice of aeromodelling and focusing on use for purposes which are "... commercial, scientific, humanitarian, emergency care and others. "
The 2015 regulation that is being prepared by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation establishes the regulation of commercial and recreational use and provision for tuition and certifications.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is seeking to regulate the commercial and recreational use of drones using regulation that will have as its basis what was established by the International Civil Aviation Organization. It is expected that the official regulation will be ready by June 2015. Meanwhile, it is projected that in the coming days an operational directive will be published which will include some of the regulations for private and commercial activities.
As part of a plan to invest $100 million purchase of two aircraft for use in rescues, weather radar and the building of a network of heliports is being contemplated.
Although the five-year plan is still under development, the director of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Alfredo Fonseca Mora said he also sees "... the possibility of building an airstrip in Tonosí, Los Santos, and Santa Catalina, in Veraguas there is potential for tourism because of its beaches where international surfing competitions are held. "
The Ministry of Finance has announced that the aircraft maintenance firm Aeroman will be expanding its operations in the country, including investment in expansion of its installations.
According to comments made by Minister Tharsis Salomon Lopez in a meeting with journalists, they are in the final phase of negotiations with the firm Aeromanaircraft maintenance, which will be expanding its operations in El Salvador, where it has operated for more than five years.
The government is negotiating technical and financial arrangements with Brazil's Embraer for the recovery of the current fleet and eventual acquisition of new aircraft.
After the United States rejected the request to service the fleet of fighter jets, the Honduran government has announced that "...This week, President Juan Orlando Hernandez is scheduled to meet with representatives from the company Embraer to manage the upgrading of the fleet of the Honduran Air Force (HAF). "
Companies in the sector will meet in Costa Rica from January 27th-29th to explore business opportunities.
The aim of the meeting is to attract business partnerships and identify business opportunities between companies in the sector in the region.
The program will offer all participants the opportunity to enroll, identify and apply for one to one meetings with other participants before the event begins. Meeting times, based on these decisions will be pre-arranged.
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