JARUS publishes SORA 2.5 for specific category UAS risk assessment

The Joint Authorities for Rulemaking on Unmanned Systems (JARUS) published the SORA 2.5, agreed at the Plenary in Kazakhstan on May 13, 2024 and can be downloaded on the JARUS webpage.

According to JARUS:

“The Specific Operations Risk Assessment (SORA) process is intended to provide a risk-proportionate method to determine the required evidence and assurances needed for an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) to be acceptably safe within the “Specific” category of UAS Operations (defined as Category B in the JARUS document “UAS Operational Categorization”).

“The SORA provides structure and guidance to both the competent authority and the applicant to support an application to operate a UAS in a given operational environment. The benefit of this process is that both the applicant and competent authority can allocate their available resources and time proportional to the risk of the operation. The SORA uses a holistic safety risk management process to evaluate the risks related to a given operation and then provide proportionate requirements that an operation should meet to ensure a Target Level of Safety (TLOS) is met. This TLOS is defined for people and aircraft uninvolved in the operation and is commensurate with existing manned aviation levels of safety to these same stakeholders.”

The SORA proposes “a methodology of risk assessment to support an application for authorization to operate a UAS within the specific1 category. (b) Due to the operational differences and expected increase in level of risk of the operating environment, the “specific” category cannot automatically take credit for the safety and performance data demonstrated with the large number of UAS operating in the “open” category. Therefore, the SORA provides a consistent approach to assess the additional risks associated with the expanded operations not covered by the “open” category.   (c) This methodology is proposed as an acceptable means to evaluate the safety risks and determine the acceptability of a proposed UAS operation within the “specific” category.”For more information


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