EASA invites comments on proposed rule amendment to support BVLOS operations

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has issued a Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) to clarify the conditions under which unmanned aircraft system (UAS) beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations over a populated area or an assembly of people can be authorised in the ‘specific’ category. Issued on 16 April, EASA has requested comments by 15 May 2020.

This NPA proposes to amend the Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC) and Guidance Material (GM) to Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/947. The AMC and GM to Article 11 ‘Rules for conducting an operational risk assessment’ of said Regulation are proposed to be amended to define the intrinsic UAS ground risk classes (GRCs) for the following operational scenarios:

  • BVLOS operations over a populated area; and
  • BVLOS operations over an assembly of people.

The proposed amendments are expected to increase safety, improve harmonisation among EASA Member States, and facilitate societal acceptance of UAS BVLOS operations in the ‘specific’ category.

To comment on the NPR, please visit: https://hub.easa.europa.eu/crt/

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