BVLOS – “Beyond Visual Line of Sight” is considered the frontier of the drone industry in today’s current climate. It means that drones fly beyond the visual line of sight of the operator which for most commercial drone operators is a foreign concept due to regulatory requirements and operational constraints particular the reliability of equipment. The advantages of BVLOS operations are that they enable service providers to introduce more complex operations and capabilities such as drone delivery or long-range inspections. It also allows drones to operate entirely without the need of a pilot for take-off and landing. BVLOS is already trans-formative because it is facilitating thousands of new applications for UAV technology across a number of industries, and it will pave the way for “air mobility” the transport of people and products.
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) along with the assistance from Industry has developed and released 5 Standard Australian BVLOS scenarios for the streamlined approval process and to give guidance to the industry on how to enter the Australian BVLOS market.
The 5 CASA standard scenario characteristics are:
To be able to utilise the CASA BVLOS standard scenarios the organisation must operate under a CASA Remote Operators Certificate (ReOC) and the supervising remote pilot in addition to the Remote Pilots Licence (RePL) for that category must have passed either an:
To fly beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS), you must apply for approval.
To apply for a BVLOS flight authorisation, you must:
For applications that meet the operational characteristics of one of the scenarios you may apply using the standard scenario applicant response:
CASA BVLOS Applications have been based on the JARUS-specific operations risk assessment (SORA). SORA was developed by the Joint Authorities for Rulemaking on Unmanned Systems (JARUS) and was adopted by CASA in 2017. For applications not fitting the standard scenarios, a full SORA Risk assessment must be completed based form the JARUS SORA package available at JAR doc 06 SORA (package) (jarus-rpas.org).
Hover UAV consultants provide the gold standard in risk assessment, utilising the JARUS SORA process to support your full or standard scenario application for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations.
• BLVOS Discovery workshops and training
Standard Operational Risk Assessment (SORA)
• Develop SORA documentation
Updating of Manuals & Procedures
• BVLOS Operational Plan
• Emergency Response Plan (ERP), Stakeholder Engagement & Human Machine Interface (HMI)
• CASA Assessment Preparation
• Ongoing management of CASA application
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