The Specific Operations Risk Assessment (SORA) methodology developed by the Joint Authorities for Rulemaking on Unmanned Systems (JARUS) is the standard in Canada and the USA for evaluating the safety of an RPAS operation in BVLOS. To successfully apply for a waiver from your CAA you will need the elements included in the SORA as they are a guide to assessing the risks, mitigations required and accurate conclusions on the expected risk having applied a matrix of mitigation measures.
Transport Canada continues to approve SFOC applications for routine, low-risk BVLOS operations that are accompanied by high-quality SORA documentation. Our BVLOS SORA training focuses on providing knowledge and strategies combined with industry best practices for procedures, processes and current regulatory information required to conduct safe and compliant BVLOS operations across Canada.
In the US a waiver is a special permission granted by aviation authorities (CAA) that permits BVLOS operations specified in the application. Although the process is similar to the Canadian SORA, there are differences in documentation and delivery.