Group Manager, Maintainability & Reliability Group, AM Vehicle Development Dep.

Graduated from Kyoto University with a degree of Engineering in 1993. After graduation, he started his career as an aircraft mechanic in airlines industry and advanced to engineering in powerplant and mechanical systems. He enjoyed his work together with many OEMs like Boeing, Airbus, Embraer, GE Aerospace and Pratt & Whitney.

He joined SkyDrive in April 2022 after 29 years of aircraft maintenance & engineering experience in Japan Air System and Japan Airlines.


Updated on 15th January 2024

Soaring to New Heights: H.S. Joins SkyDrive to Revolutionize the Future of Mobility


Meet H.S., a seasoned engineer with over 29 years of experience in the airline industry, who’s joined SkyDrive as an Aircraft System Engineer. He tells us of his fascinating journey and why he’s excited to be a part of the SkyDrive team.

His love affair with engineering started early, earning his Bachelor of Engineering in Control Theory from Kyoto University. Straight out of university, he joined Japan Air System (JAS) at Haneda Airport in Tokyo, working his way up the ranks from Aircraft Mechanic to Powerplant Engineer, and later, Manager of Engineering Group for Landing Gear Overhaul Shop at Japan Airlines (JAL). His impressive resume includes being part of the joint venture WTT (Working Together Team) which included ANA, United Airlines, Qantas, and more stakeholders, and working on the development of the Boeing 787 in Everett WA. Now, he brings his vast expertise to SkyDrive, where he’s evaluating the maintainability and reliability of the game-changing electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) SD-05.


Role at SkyDrive:
As an Aircraft System Engineer at SkyDrive, his primary responsibility is to evaluate the maintainability and reliability of the electric take-off and landing (eVTOL) SD-05 the company is building. With feedback from engineering on the design of the company’s SD-05 eVTOL, his team analyzes, validates, and develops maintenance programs, procedures, and mechanic training programs. He also writes the maintenance manuals for the aircraft, ensuring seamless operations and safety. He praises his team at SkyDrive, consisting of specialists in their respective fields, for their dedication to creating the best product possible. Despite occasional disagreements, their shared vision of excellence keeps them unified moving forward.

Goals and Future Plans:
For him, success is seeing the SD-05 fly at the 2025 Osaka World Exposition. With certification as the next milestone, he’s focused on developing maintenance programs. His team’s hard work and attention to detail will ensure the eVTOL exceeds expectations and sets a new standard for safe, secure, and user-friendly mobility.

Personal Life:
When he’s not busy engineering cutting-edge technology, he enjoys jogging in town and in the countryside. He has participated in full marathons with an impressive personal best of 3 hours and 18 minutes. He’s also a big fan of rugby, relishing the excitement of watching games in the stadium. Among his favorite places in Japan is Kyoto, where he spent his student years. The city’s rich history and culture hold a special place in his heart.


Message to future colleagues:
To potential colleagues considering joining SkyDrive, he extends an invitation to join the team and develop the best product together. At SkyDrive, you’ll collaborate with talented professionals, push boundaries, and contribute to shaping the future of mobility. Embrace the adventure and apply your skills to create something extraordinary.