Simplified BVLOS waiver process for eBee X drone pilots in Europe

The process of obtaining clearances to fly over people and beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) in 27 European Member States, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland has become easier for pilots using the senseFly eBee X fixed-wing mapping and surveying drone.

Indeed, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has just released a Design Verification Report (DVR) establishing that the eBee X meets Ground Hazard Class Mitigation Qualifications. (GRC) M2 based on Specific Operation Risk Assessment (SORA) methodology.

AgEagle, which acquired senseFly from Parrot last year, says achieving “high” or “medium” robustness levels of M2 attenuation would not require further verification by EASA.

Barrett Mooney, Chairman and CEO of AgEagle, explains:

Regulatory constraints related to the limits of BVLOS and operations on people (OOP) have continued to be a factor triggering the widespread adoption of commercial drone technologies across a wide range of industrial sectors around the world. Being the first company to receive this DVR from EASA for M2 mitigation is a historic milestone for AgEagle and our industry in the European Union and will be a key factor in fueling our customer growth.

Adrian Marina, surveyor at SysCAD Solutions in Europe, is one of the clients mentioned by Mooney. Marina says:

We have a project involving data capture related to quarry excavation volume measurements that will require multiple drone flights throughout the year. However, for this operation to take place, we will need SORA clearance to fly BVLOS and near a populated area. Now that the eBee X has received the DVR from EASA confirming its safety profile, we can move forward with seeking regulatory clearances for this important project.

Armed with a flight time of up to 90 minutes, the eBee X can effectively map up to 500 ha (1,235 ac) while flying at 120 meters (400 ft). The available RTK/PPK allows operators to collect data with an accuracy of up to 1.5 cm (0.6 in) without GCP.

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