Apply for beyond visual line-of-sight approvals

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

The requirements

To apply for a BVLOS flight authorisation, you must:

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.

BVLOS standard scenarios

We 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).

Apply using a standard scenario

For applications that meet the operational characteristics of one of the scenarios you may apply using the standard scenario applicant response:

To assist you when completing your application please refer to:

BVLOS application using a specific operations risk assessment

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.

Apply using a specific operations risk assessment

Submitted applications must be based on the JARUS SORA package available at JAR doc 06 SORA (package) (jarus-rpas.org).

In particular, you should familiarise yourself with the following JARUS documents:

  • JARUS guidelines on Specific Operations Risk Assessment (SORA)
  • JARUS guidelines on SORA Annex A

If this is your first JARUS SORA application, you may wish to arrange a pre-application meeting to discuss the application process. This can be requested through the enquiry form.

Renew approvals and permissions

To renew any expiring flight authorisation you must submit a new application.

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