Watch the video above to learn how to approach BVLOS waivers in general, different types of approved BVLOS operations, and what to expect with the BVLOS-focused next phase of the IPP.

First, thank you to everyone who joined me last week for the “Enabling Advanced Operations with BVLOS Waivers” webinar. If you were unable to attend the webinar, you can watch the entire presentation and Q&A session in the video above. As I explained in the webinar, BVLOS operations are much more complex than your average Part 107 flight and require a more thoughtful, planned, and holistic approach. 

Even though BVLOS operations and waivers are becoming more commonplace, they are still not easily attainable for smaller organizations. Innovations like the new BEYOND program should make BVLOS operations easier to do, potentially by making it easier to fly BVLOS without a waiver, but if you’re considering BVLOS operations in the near term,  these are some helpful tips.

Key Takeaways for Approaching BVLOS Operations and Waivers


1. What problem are you solving for?

As the sUAS industry matures, exciting use cases have been identified for BVLOS operations. With ever-more sophisticated operators and aircraft, BVLOS operations have become more attainable. Unlike other waivers, BVLOS operations are more specific, often meant for a specific use case and location. 

Before starting down the process of pursuing a BVLOS waiver, you should have a very clear idea of what you’re trying to accomplish with BVLOS operations. Your answer will inform decisions like what type of equipment and aircraft to use and the best location to operate.

2. Operating Environment

Your operating location and environment are a more important consideration for BVLOS operations than other advanced operations like night operations and operations over people. 

One key difference between a BVLOS waiver and other advanced waivers like a 107.29 waiver to operate at night is that BVLOS operations are much more location-specific. 

For example, many people who submit a 107.29 waiver ask for and receive permission to operate at night in any Class G airspace around the country. A BVLOS waiver is generally going to need to describe a specific location, and you should be prepared to explain exactly how that location is and can be made safe for your operation.

3. Recognize that BVLOS operations are more complex

Risk mitigation is foundational to aviation safety. The FAA has made it very clear that risk mitigation is a required element of any successful Part 107 waiver. BVLOS operations tend to have more participants, increased use of technology, and more precise operational requirements than other Part 107 operations. 

Because of this complexity, it is important to think deeply about how to mitigate risks to your operation. This includes asking yourself questions like “How can we follow Part 107.31 to make sure we can observe the airspace and avoid other aircraft?” and “What training do we need to implement to make sure that we do these operations safely and properly?”


Resources to Learn More About BVLOS operations:

Below you will find links to a few resources I recommend to aid you in the process of learning more about BVLOS operations and waivers.

If you have any further questions about BVLOS operations or waivers, feel free to contact me at andrew@kittyhawk.io.

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