EASA approves simplified BVLOS waiver process for eBee X drone operators

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Obtaining approval for beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) drone operations will become easier for drone operators who use the eBee X drone.

Such operations become easier because the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has just issued a Design Verification Report (DVR) establishing that the eBee X meets Ground Risk Class (GRC) M2 mitigation qualifications based on the Specific Operation Risk Assessment (SORA) methodology.

The eBee X fixed-wing drone can fly up to 90 minutes and can be used for surveying and mapping operations. Hence, the new regulation will benefit the European mapping and surveying sector significantly.

“We have a project involving capturing data related to quarry excavation volume measurements which will require multiple drone flights throughout the year. However, for this operation to take place, we will require SORA authorization to fly BVLOS and near a populated area. Now that the eBee X has received the EASA DVR affirming its safety profile, we can move forward with seeking regulatory clearances for this important project.” – said Adrian Marina, a land surveyor with SysCAD Solutions in Europe.

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