EASA publishes template for operations manual for UAS operating in the specific category

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has published a template for an operations manual for UAS operating in the specific category. The document can be of assistance where information is not provided by a National Aviation Authority.

The template serves as a basis for an Operations Manual that can be used for UAS operations that are being conducted in the specific category.

The example Operations Manual is developed for UAS operations in the specific category under SAIL II. It is mandatory for UAS operators to submit such a document when applying for an authorisation, as described in Article 12 of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/947 ‘on the rules and procedures for the operation of unmanned aircraft’.

A drone can be operated in the ‘specific’ category when it is operated outside of the operational limitations laid out under the ‘open’ drone category. If the risk of the operation is even higher, the drone must be operated in the ‘certified’ category.

Examples of UAS operations in the ‘specific’ category are:
-BVLOS – Beyond Visual Line Of Sight
-When using a drone with MTOM (maximum take of mass) > 25 kg
-flying higher than 120m above ground level
-when dropping material
-when operating drone in an urban environment with a MTOM> 4 kg or —without a class identification label

In summary, there are four different ways to operate in the specific category:
-Submit a declaration based on a Standard scenario (STS);
-Obtain an operational authorisation following a PDRA;
-Obtain an operational authorisation without a PDRA;
-Have a LUC.

The document can be downloaded by UAS operators here

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