SORA is a Risk Assessment Tool For Drone Pilots
AirHub launches Specific Operations Risk Analysis (SORA) risk assessment tool — the world’s first smart SORA tool — for drone pilots. This online SORA tool makes it possible for drone operators to easily perform their risk assessment for operations in the Specific Category and apply for a permit or waiver at their Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
Although applying the Specific Operations Risk Analysis (SORA) can be difficult, AirHub’s smart online SORA Tool enables drone operators to rapidly determine the Ground Risk Class (GRC) and Air Risk Class (ARC) for their mission. This assists them in defining the applicable Specific Assurance and Integrity Level (SAIL). The algorithm provides operators with the accurate information at the right time, which enables them to proactively navigate through every step in the SORA.
The Specific Operations Risk Assessment (SORA) was developed by JARUS to provide drone operators with a standardised methodology for the risk assessment that is required in order to apply for an authorization to operate an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) within the Specific Category.
The SORA tool makes it possible for pilots flying in a specific category to apply for a permit or waiver with the country’s civil aviation authority as it quickly is able to determine the ground risk class and the air risk class of any proposed flight and provides them with a specific assurance and integrity level.
This tool is available and gives pilots an overview of each drone operation that is added to the platform. As a dashboard-style interface, SORA is easy to use and will enable pilots from around the world to improve efficiency — even as safety is not compromised.
The Online SORA Tool lets drone operators rapidly go through all steps of the SORA process:
- “Description of the Concept of Operations (ConOps)
- Determination of the UAS intrinsic Ground Risk Class (GRC)
- Final Ground Risk Class determination (M1 to M3 mitigations)
- Determination of the initial Air Risk Class (ARC)
- Application of Strategic Mitigations to determine the intermediate ARC
- Application of Tactical Mitigations to determine the final ARC
- Determination of Adjacent Area / Airspace considerations
- Comprehensive Safety Portfolio considerations (privacy, security, insurance, etc.)
- Determination of Specific Assurance and Integrity Levels (SAIL)
- Identification of Operational Safety Objectives (OSO) and other requirements”*
AirHub develops software and mobile apps for drones and provides consultation for organizations that work with drones. In addition, AirHub also provides training and support to incentivize companies that are relatively new in working with drones to get help in finding in-house pilots that are trained and prepared to fly.
The SORA Tool provides drone operators a custom report that contains all Operational Safety Objectives and additional requirements that are applicable to their drone operation. It also supports operators in seeking to fulfill the requirements for their crew, operations manual, drone, services and equipment.
Operators are now able to attach supporting documentation and references and thereby easily apply for an operational authorization or waiver at their Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
AirHub’s launch of the SORA risk assessment tool — the world’s first smart SORA tool — for drone pilots, makes it possible for drone operators to more easily perform their risk assessment for operations in the Specific Category and apply for a permit or waiver at their Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
The SORA tool simplifies a difficult process because it provides drone operators with a standardized methodology for the risk assessment that is required in order to apply for an authorization to operate an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS).