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Japan : Drone School for Training Drone Pilots to Open in April, Recruitment of Students Starts Now.

ORIX Rentec Corporation, a subsidiary of ORIX Corporation ("ORIX"), announced today the opening of a Drone Training School on April 10, 2018, for the training of drone pilots. Ahead of the school's opening, ORIX Rentec will start recruiting students from today.

The Drone Training School is a drone flying school aimed at corporations. It will be operated by ORIX Rentec as a school certified by the Japan UAS Industrial Development Association (JUIDA) with the purpose of training drone pilots possessing high technical competence and knowledge of safe flying.

A JUIDA-certified Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Flying Skills Course taught by experienced instructors will provide an environment where even beginners can acquire drone-flying skills safely and securely. Students will learn correct knowledge about how to use drones and how to fly them over a four-day course, which includes one day of classroom learning and three days of practical training indoors and outdoors, designed according to guidelines established by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT).

When flying a drone over a densely inhabited district, around an airport, at night, and in certain other situations, an application for flight permission must be submitted to the MLIT and other authorities in accordance with the Civil Aeronautics Act. However, it can take a long time until permission is granted, as there is a complicated procedure to comprehensively evaluate factors including flight location, time, drone model performance, and flight experience. Persons who have completed this course can receive a JUIDA Accredited Pilot Certificate, which enables partial exemption from the submission of documents needed in applications for flight permission from the MLIT, thereby simplifying the procedure.

Additionally, the school will also offer a JUIDA-certified Safe Flight Administrator Course for persons who have obtained the Accredited Pilot Certificate and who have actual flight service experience. Classroom learning and practical training will be conducted in Tokyo, and in Saitama prefecture, respectively.

The utilization of drones is expected in a wide range of areas including security, agriculture, and distribution in addition to the surveying of construction sites, inspection of infrastructure such as bridges and pylons, and checking of situations at disaster sites. The size of the drone market is anticipated to grow dramatically in the future, as various companies are considering the introduction of drones in an environment marked by a shrinking workforce. On the other hand, when drones are put into practical use in different industrial fields, there are many challenges, including procurement of the latest models, investigation of the manner of utilization, maintenance, development of safety management guidelines, and the training of pilots.

In light of this environment, ORIX Rentec began selling drones in March 2017 and started a rental service in April. Now, with stronger demand to ensure the reliability and safety of drone flying, the company will support safe drone operations through a training school that gives pilots solid technical competence.

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