Japan’s Cabinet has introduced a bill to revise aviation law as part of wider aviation legislation encouraging industry recovery following the pandemic. One of the amendments establishes a system to realize Level 4 BVLOS flights of UAVs in manned airspace. The government’s goal is to achieve beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flights, called Level 4 flights, by 2022. Further utilization of UAVs such as package transportation over urban areas is also planned.
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism has established a system to certify the safety of the vehicle (aircraft certification system) and the skills of the operator (skill certification system) to enable a person with a skill certificate to operate a UAV that has been certified, at Level 4 with the permission and approval of the government. This streamlines procedures for flights that previously required national permits and approvals.
The legislation also requires mandatory reporting of safety occurrences to the Japan Transport Safety Board.
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