Global UAS experts meet, open documents for comment

July 3rd, 2018, Published in Articles: EE Publishers, Articles: PositionIT

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) hosted the bi-annual plenary meeting of the Joint Authorities for Rulemaking on Unmanned Systems (JARUS) during April, with the next meeting scheduled for 15 to 19 October in San Diego, US.

JARUS includes experts from 54 National Aviation Authorities and regional aviation safety organisations working together to recommend a single set of technical, safety and operational requirements for the certification and safe integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

The meeting also marked the tenth anniversary of the joint authorities. UAS/RPAS experts from South Africa were among more than 115 participants representing 35 countries have gathered in Cologne to contribute to the meeting.

Industry participated as part of the stakeholder consultative body, with representatives from manufacturers, operators, pilots, and standards organisations.

Discussions focused on the ongoing work of JARUS, including the Category A and B Operation Requirements, Specific Operations Risk Assessment (SORA), as well as the organisation’s future work plan. In addition, members of the seven working groups met to progress work products. In the coming months a dedicated focus group will look into the integration of UAS in the airspace.

The organisation also announced that the external consultation SORA V2.0 is now open for comment, which close by 22 August 2018. Stakeholders will find these documents greatly improved thanks to the number and quality of the comments received during the internal consultation phase. The objective of this new consultation phase is to refine the methodology even further and release the V.2.0 of the SORA.

Comments are invited on the following documents:

  • JARUS guidelines on Specific Operations Risk Assessment (SORA) – main body
  • SORA Annex B “Integrity and assurance levels for the mitigations used to reduce the intrinsic ground risk class”
  • SORA Annex C “Strategic mitigation – Collision risk assessment”
  • SORA Annex D “Tactical mitigation – Collision risk assessment”
  • SORA Annex E “Integrity and assurance levels for the operation safety objectives (OSO)”
  • Standard scenario for daytime aerial work operations

Interested parties can access the documents and submit their comments by registering on One Sky Team online (

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