JUIDA Issues Safe-use Guidelines

Industry group issues safe-use guidelines to fly drones

The Japan Times reports that an industry group has  issued safe-use guidelines to fly drones. (August 5, 2015)

 The Japan UAS Industrial Development Association, a group of companies and research institutions in Japan announced guidelines for the safe use of drones at a symposium held in Tokyo on Tuesday.

The first-ever safety guidelines for the unmanned aerial systems in the country, compiled by the Japan UAS Industrial Development Association, stipulate where and how to fly the aircraft. They also call on users to obtain the operator’s license to be introduced voluntarily by the association, get damage insurance coverage, and file reports with authorities if accidents happen.

Yasuhiro Senda, head of the association, told reporters that the group hopes to launch the voluntary license system by the end of the year, noting license applicants must pass both paper and skill tests.

The guidelines assume the enactment of the bills currently going through the Diet and the introduction of the state operator’s license and registration systems for companies to make, sell and operate drones.

In May, the association opened an airport exclusively for drone flight training and tests in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture.