The Joint Authorities for Rulemaking of Unmanned Systems (JARUS), a group of experts from 60+ national aviation authorities and regional aviation safety organizations, including the CAA, has recently published an update to its Specific Operations Risk Assessment (SORA) for external consultation, with the final version to be published in Q3 2023.
Both the CAA and EASA have announced plans to adopt SORA 2.5 in order to ‘authorise more complex UAS operations at scale’. Therefore, understanding what kinds of UAS operations it supports, and what’s required for each, is essential for planning future operations. In this article, we discuss some of the major changes introduced in the main body of SORA 2.5.
We conclude that SORA 2.5 represents a major step forward in terms of the evaluation ground risk, nuanced by what we view as an increase of 1-2 points in the ground risk category (and consequently an increase in SAIL) for equivalent operations when compared to SORA 2.0.
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