Beyond Visual Line-of-Sight (B-VLOS) approvals

To fly beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS), you must apply for an approval from CASA.

The supervising remote pilot of a BVLOS operation must have passed either an:

  • aeronautical knowledge examination (within the meaning of CASR Part 61) for the grant of an instrument rating under CASR Part 61 (ie IREX)
  • aviation licence theory examination before 1 September 2014 that is taken to be an equivalent examination
  • examination approved by CASA.

CASA have developed a suite of standard scenarios that may be used to apply for BVLOS operations with the following characteristics:

  • near a vertical object over a controlled ground environment that only involves active participants (AU-STS 1)
  • near a vertical object over a sparsely populated ground environment (AU-STS 2)
  • in a remote area within three nautical miles of a registered or certified non-controlled aerodrome (AU-STS 4)
  • below 400 feet AGL in remote Australian airspace, that is defined by CASA as locations with very low population density and low risk of aircraft encounters (AU-STS 6)
  • above 400 feet AGL and up to 5000 feet AMSL in remote Australian airspace, that is defined by CASA as locations with very low population density and low risk of aircraft encounters (AU-STS 7).

For operations that don’t meet the characteristics of a standard scenario, a specific operations risk assessment (SORA) will be required.

SORA was developed by the Joint Authorities for Rulemaking on Unmanned Systems (JARUS) and was adopted by CASA in 2017.

Wicked Copters are able to provide consultation and assistance in preparing procedures and SORA assessments for your application.

If you would like to find out more, please use the Contact Us page to get in touch.

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