Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) is developing guidance to help drone pilots conduct operations beyond visual line of sight. Currently, applications from holders of a remotely piloted aircraft operator’s certificate (ReOC) are assessed on a case-by-case basis. CASA now plans to standardise the process for common BVLOS applications, according to CASA’s aviation safety magazine.
CASA has developed several draft standard scenarios to provide clarity about the minimum evidence and information requirements, and seeks technical feedback on the first set of scenarios for remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) operations:
- near a vertical object, such as buildings or powerlines, with a controlled ground environment or a sparsely populated ground environment
- within 3 nm of a registered or certified non-controlled aerodrome in a remote area
- in remote Australian airspace, defined by CASA as areas with a very low population density and negligible air activity.
CASA assesses BVLOS applications using the specific operations risk assessment process. This provides the minimum technical, operational and organisational requirements an operator must provide for an acceptable safety case.