47 Palau

Light blue with a large yellow disk shifted slightly to the hoist side. The blue color represents the ocean, the disk represents the moon. Palauans consider the full moon to be the optimum time for human activity. It is also considered a symbol of peace, love, and tranquility.

Flag courtesy of the CIA World Factbook

Map courtesy of the CIA World Factbook

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The Peleliu War Museum is housed in a former Japanese storage bunker that was used during the Battle of Peleliu (15 September 1944 – 27 November 1944) as command post. The bunker was heavily damaged from the outside by artillery shells fired from the sea. The collection consists of many relics found on the battlefield, such as weapons, helmets, and personal belongings.

Photo courtesy of the CIA World Factbook

Palau is a member of ICAO.
Last updated on April 15, 2024


According to Britannica, the constitution of the Republic of Palau established a presidential form of government, which was installed in 1981. The executive consists of the separately elected offices of president and vice president, the Council of Chiefs to advise the president on traditional laws and customs, and the cabinet. The Olbiil Era Kelulau (National Congress) consists of the Senate and the House of Delegates. Both executive and legislative branches are elected for four-year terms. Voting is open to individuals age 18 and older. The Palau judiciary consists of the Supreme Court, with both trial and appellate divisions, the Court of Common Pleas, and the Land Court. At the local level, each of the 16 traditional settlement areas constitutes a state with an elected governor and legislature.

Civil / National Aviation Authority (CAA/NAA)

The Palau National Aviation Administration (PNAA) was created by virtue of RPPL 5-19 establishing an administration in compliance with requirements of the International Civil Aviation Administration (ICAO) to regulate and oversight civil aviation safety and security of Palau’s Aviation Industry. The PNAA as the national civil aviation regulator and oversight authority in Palau is mandated to promulgate National Aviation Rules & Regulations and to adopt and implement ICAO’s Standards and Recommended Practices to be followed by airport, air carriers serving the Republic of Palau and any other aviation activities within Palau’s navigable airspace. Today, the PNAA has develop twenty (23) Civil Aviation Rules and Regulations and adopted additional aviation programs and documents consistent with various ICAO Standards.

Bureau of Aviation


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ICAO countries publish an Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP). This document is divided into three parts: General (GEN), En Route (ENR) and Aerodromes (AD). ENR 1.4 details the types of airspace classes they chose to adopt from classes A through G.

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Drone Regulations

Currently, there is no legal framework for the use of drones.

In 2017 there were some public advisories but these are no longer on their website so there is no telling whether they are still current.

Public Advisory;Subject: UAS/Drone “KNOW BEFORE YOU FLY” Date: May 03, 2017 PA No.: 8.17.05

PNAA Public Advisory Subject: UAS/Drone “KNOW BEFORE YOU FLY”   Date: May 03, 2017 PA No.:  8.17.05

PNAA Directive Subject: Use of Palau Navigable Airspace  Date: August 01, 2018  PA No.: 01-18

There was also mention of  PART 22—SMALL UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS


Advanced Air Mobility (AAM)


Short Essay Questions

Question 1

You have been hired by a Drone Startup Company. Your boss has immediately assigned this job to you.

They need you to prepare a one-page memo detailing the legalities of using a drone in Palau.

They need you to mention any national laws and local ordinances.

They specifically want to know what airspace you will be operating in and whether or not you need an airspace authorization.

Does it matter whether or not you are a citizen of the country?

Lastly, there is a bonus for you if, as you scroll through this chapter, you find any typos or broken links!

Question 2

Do you need a certificate to fly UAS?

If so, how do you obtain one?

Are there fees associated with this?

If so, how much?

Question 3

May you operate beyond visual line of sight?

If so, what procedures must you follow?

Question 4

Does the country have UAM/AAM laws? If so, describe, citing the exact law.

Question 5

Are you aware of any new laws or policies not mentioned above? If so, describe, citing the exact law or policy.





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