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Operating license process

How Do We Achieve the Right Operating License for Your Business?

We start by discussing your needs and requirements regarding the use of drones in your organization. Questions you can expect include: what tasks do you want to use drones for, when do you want to use them, and how often will you use them? Based on this initial conversation, we get a complete picture of your organization, tasks, and expectations, and begin writing an operational manual tailored specifically to your business.

Writing an operational manual is just the beginning. We then assist you in choosing and drafting an operating license that fits your business operations. Below is an explanation of the different operating licenses in the Specific category:

  1. Standard Scenarios (STS)

Standard scenarios (STS) have predefined safety risks and mitigating measures. This means you cannot deviate from the described procedures within the standard scenarios. Currently, there are two published standard scenarios: BVLOS flights (Beyond Visual Line of Sight) and VLOS operations (Visual Line of Sight) over populated areas.

  1. Pre-Defined Risk Assessment (PDRA).

If a standard scenario does not meet your needs because you require more options, you will need to create a PDRA specific to your operation. This involves describing the safety risks for people on the ground (GRC) and other airspace users (ARC). A PDRA must be submitted to the Inspectorate of Living Environment & Transport (ILT) for approval before you can start flying.

  1. Specific Operations Risk Assessment (SORA).

The SORA method offers the most freedom for the operator but requires the most writing. In a SORA, you describe the Concept of Operations (ConOps), Ground Risk Class (GRC), and Air Risk Class (ARC). Based on the GRC and ARC, you determine the Specific Assurance and Integrity Levels (SAIL) you will encounter. Depending on the SAIL Level, an Operational Safety Objectives (OSO) is established. Detailing all hazards and measures for the pilot, machine, and organization.

With a SORA approved by ILT in the Netherlands, you can fly in other EU countries as long as you adjust the mitigating measures for the local airspace, terrain, populated area, and climate. This review is submitted to ILT, which then forwards it for approval to the aviation authority of the respective country.

After choosing the appropriate operating license, we assist you in applying for the license with ILT and support you throughout the entire application process.

Once the license is issued, we also guide you during your first two drone flights to ensure you and your employees are comfortable with both the theory and practice. This helps ensure the successful integration of drones within your company.

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