The process to seek approvals 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 operating the senseFly eBee X fixed-wing mapping and surveying drone.

This is because the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has just issued a Design Verification Report (DVR) establishing that the eBee X meets Ground Risk Class (GRC) M2 mitigation qualifications based on the Specific Operation Risk Assessment (SORA) methodology.

AgEagle, which acquired senseFly from Parrot last year, says that obtaining “High” or “Medium” robustness levels of the M2 mitigation would not require additional verification from EASA.

Barrett Mooney, AgEagle chairman and CEO, explains:

Regulatory constraints relating to limitations of BVLOS and Operations Over People (OOP) have continued to be a gating factor to the widespread adoption of commercial drone…