Australia’s CASA publishes draft guidance on BVLOS drone operations

Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has published draft guidance to help remotely piloted aircraft operator’s certificate (ReOC) holders wanting to conduct remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) operations beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) and is seeking comments on the draft.

“We have developed several draft standard scenarios to provide clarity about the minimum evidence and information requirements,” says CASA. “We are seeking technical feedback on the first set of scenarios for:

  • RPAS operations near a vertical object, such as buildings or powerlines, with a controlled ground environment (AU‑STS 1), or a sparsely populated ground environment (AU-STS 2)
  • RPAS operations within 3 NM of a registered or certified non-controlled aerodrome in a remote area (AU‑STS 4)
  • RPAS operations in remote Australian airspace, defined by CASA as areas with a very low population density and negligible air activity (AU-STS 6 and AU-STS 7).

“CASA assesses BVLOS applications using the specific operations risk assessment (SORA) process. The SORA provides the minimum technical, operational and organisational requirements an operator must provide for an acceptable safety case.”

At the end of the response period for public comment (April 7, 2021) CASA will review each comment and submission received and publish a Summary of Consultation which summarises the feedback received, outline any intended changes and details plan for the guidance.

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