RPAS categories updated in line with risk-based approach at JARUS meeting

Members of the Joint Authorities for Rulemaking on Unmanned Systems (JARUS) updated the categories which apply to Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) at the recent bi-annual meeting in Chengdu (China). This new JARUS deliverable supersedes the “JARUS OPS Cat A” published in 2018 and the “JARUS OPS Cat B” released earlier this year. JARUS members approved the publication of the consolidated deliverable “JARUS Recommendations for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Category A & Category B Operations”. JARUS OPS A contains recommended rules for UAS operations in (low risk) Category A. In this category no administrative procedures involving the competent aviation authority are envisaged, beyond registration, identification and safety data collection and analysis. JARUS OPS B contains recommended requirements to perform UAS Operations in Category B (medium risk), which requires an operational risk assessment before conducting the operation.

Following a risk-based approach, the UAS operator must declare compliance with a standard scenario, request and receive authorization from the competent authority for one or a series of operations, or hold a UAS Operator Certificate (UOC). In addition, JARUS OPS B proposes technical requirements and administrative procedures for the implementation of the relevant concepts of registration, electronic identification and geo-awareness.

Following the JARUS Internal and External consultation process, Working Group 2 (Operations) experts from several JARUS Member States have consolidated the content of the “JARUS Recommendations for UAS Categories A and B Operations” and the present structure allows its integration into national legislation.

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