Japanese aviation regulations for UAS certifications, operator certifications and operational rules

February 28, 2023

Many organisations looking to kick off their flight-based operations in Japan are at a loss for where to start. This includes which UAS and operator certifications someone needs as well as which operational rules are in place. 

Thankfully, Yves Morier, a retired principal advisor at EASA and DGAC and Aurora Brien, Manager of International Relations and Development at JUIDA, the Japan UAS Industrial Development Association, have collaborated on a report to explain which UAS and operator certifications are needed and how to get them, along with which operational rules are in place. 

Each section documents the specific certifications or rules and also provides frequently asked questions at the end with helpful links. These links will show you where to find more information, or they’ll point you to the direct resource you’re looking for. 

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Eszter Kovács

Eszter is the CEO & co-founder of DroneTalks Group and Aerial Cities

Eszter is an expert writer in multiple drone-focused online magazines such as Commercial UAV news and Commercial Drone Professional. She is also an advisor for various start-ups such as Globhe and drone-related initiatives such as AUVSI Xponential and Commercial UAV shows. She is a board member of the Swiss Drone Industry Association.

As an expert in technical innovation in the drone sector, Eszter has contributed to several companies' growth, leading complex implementations and mentoring and advising leaders on strategic planning and operational transformation. In 2020 Eszter successfully led the Global UTM association with 40 + UTM ecosystem leaders through its restructuring for six months.
From 2016 - to 2019, Eszter successfully led the GSMA Drone Interest Group, growing it from 10 mobile operator members to nearly 40 finding solutions to leverage cellular connectivity in the aviation environment.
Eszter is passionate about boosting diversity; in 2020, she launched an event series, "Women Behind the Drone Revolution", which is still running successfully intending to highlight female leaders' activities related to drones.
Eszter holds a BA in Military & Safety Engineering from the Hungarian National University of Public Services and is currently attending Boston University's digital leadership studies. She was born in Hungary and resides in Bern, Switzerland.

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