The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism in Japan has announced the formation of the “Next Generation Aviation Mobility Planning Office” to handle regulation and issues surrounding aviation mobility, according to a report by Drone Life in collaboration with the Japan UAS Industrial Development Association (JUIDA).
Among key activities, the ministry expects to regularise flight beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) before 2023.
The Next Generation Aviation Mobility Planning Office will be staffed by 22 full-time employees of the Minister’s Secretariat. The Office will research issues of urban air mobility and passenger drone use in order to establish safety standards and appropriate regulations and systems, such as registration systems for unmanned aerial vehicles, appropriate maintenance requirements, and operations standards. The Office will collaborate with the Civil Aviation Bureau’s Safety Department’s Aircraft Technology Examination Center (in charge of examinations for next-generation aviation mobility, located in Aichi Prefecture) and the Fukushima Robot Test Field to design systems for next-generation aviation mobility.
The establishment of the Next Generation Aviation Mobility Planning Office provides businesses and government sectors with a central resource responsible for moving next-generation aviation mobility forward in Japan.
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