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SAFETY PRACTICES

SKYWALKER is dedicated to implementing thorough safety measures including preliminary checks to ensure safe accident-free video services.

4-POINT SAFE PRACTICES PLAN

SKYWALKER’s proprietary flight check to ensure safe video services

To ensure safe video services, SKYWALKER has developed and practices its own flight check system. In addition to the drone itself, the check also includes weather analysis using dedicated equipment, and radio wave condition analysis for identifying obstacles and radio waves that may cause interference.
Moreover, SKYWALKER also verifies various arrangements including civil codes (with land owners), road traffic laws (regarding public roads), and laws unique to the subject (including laws regarding rivers, coasts, harbors, parks, and important cultural properties) in addition to air-related laws. To ensure video services are provided without problems and safely on the designated day, SKYWALKER makes sure the preparations and checks are completed in advance.

Pre-Flight Check

Drone Check
SKYWALKER checks various aspects of the drone itself, including the frame for distortion or breakage, the propellers for cracking or signs of deterioration, the motor, and the battery.

Weather Condition Check
SKYWALKER uses dedicated equipment to check precipitation probability, wind speed, and temperature.

Site Check
SKYWALKER entrusts at least two individuals—the operator and an assistant—to check for obstacles such as electrical wires and trees along the flight route.The site check also looks for sources of potential interfering radio waves such as areas where a large amount of metal is grouped together (for example, steel towers and iron bridges) and areas near the mobile base station that may emit strong radio waves.

Pre-Takeoff Check and Operation Test
In addition to calibrating the compass in a location free of magnetic interference, SKYWALKER also checks for abnormalities in the software (such as the battery level, GPS reception intensity, and transmitter signal) using display monitors. As a final check, SKYWALKER also verifies the operation of the drone, including up/down, forward/backward/right/left, and left/right turning movements.

Skilled pilots with proper qualifications and extensive flight experience

Aerial video services are performed by a skilled pilot with not only the knowledge and qualification necessary for flying the drone but also abundant flight experience.

Kazuki Murakami
Qualified Aeronautical Radio Operator and Unmanned Aeronautical Specialist, On-The-Ground III-Category Special Radio Operator
Takuya Kawamura
Qualified On-The-Ground III-Category Special Radio Operator
Takayoshi Maruki
Qualified On-The-Ground III-Category Special Radio Operator

Comprehensive permission granted from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism;
JUTM member with corporate radio station license issued by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications

SKYWALKER has acquired nation-wide approval from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism for flying drones in areas with concentrated populations anywhere in Japan. This eliminates the need to resubmit approval applications for each request. This approval also allows SKYWALKER to respond quickly to urgent requests thanks to no lost time during the application process.
SKYWALKER also maintains the qualifications necessary for effectively conducting drone business—including a corporate radio station license from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Kinki Bureau of Telecommunications, required for using the commercial frequency band—and is a also member of relevant organizations—including JUTM (Japan Unmanned System Traffic & Radio Management Consortium), which develops technology, formulates rules, and institutes designs to ensure both drone-related business and drone users can continue operations with confidence.

West Japan Civil Aviation Bureau
Authorization/approval for flight of
unmanned aerial vehicles

For video services

For industrial services
Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications,
Kinki Bureau of Telecommunications
Radio station license

License (Mobile) No. 10206580

License (Mobile) No. 10206581
Foundation for the Promotion of
Engineering Research
Japan Unmanned System Traffic &
Radio Management Consortium
Certificate of Membership

Industrial liability insurance coverage in case of an emergency

When it comes to operating drones, SKYWALKER strives to ensure the work is performed satisfactorily. However, even for pilots with extensive flight experience, it is not possible to completely eliminate the possibilities of a failed flight due to unexpected situations or accidents such as influences from wind due to sudden weather changes, radio conditions, or other factors. For this reason, SKYWALKER has obtained industrial liability insurance as a backup measure. As a policy, SKYWALKER avoids accepting requests for flights over populated areas or for images with a high possibility of damaging third parties.