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Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS)

Fly further than ever and unlock the true utility of drones with our Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) training.

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Course Overview

Toll Uncrewed Systems delivers BVLOS training that prepares drone pilots to sit the CASA BVLOS rating exam. The ability to operate Beyond Visual Line of Sight is a revolution in the drone industry.

BVLOS missions greatly expand the capabilities of RPAS, allowing operators to collect more data with fewer deployments.
This course provides everything you need to prepare for the CASA BVLOS exam. Our instructors provide theoretical instruction and practical exercises to expand your knowledge and experience.

We cover BVLOS exam topics in detail and provide practice exams to help you test your readiness for the formal rating examination.

Note: To enrol in this course, you must already hold an RePL.

Upcoming Course Dates

Contact us directly for upcoming course dates in Brisbane and Sydney.

Course Content Includes

● General BVLOS knowledge
● Aeronautical knowledge
● Human factors in BVLOS missions
● Meteorology training
● Airspace considerations
● Navigation systems
● Communications training
● Exam practice

FAQs

What is BVLOS Training?

BVLOS stands for Beyond Visual Line of Sight. In Australia, you are required to hold a BVLOS rating to operate a drone beyond your direct line of sight. This includes operating drones at great distances, great altitudes, or when flying in dense areas (such as forests and cities) where you cannot maintain line of sight on the drone.

Flying beyond visual line of sight carries additional risks for bystanders, operators and structures in the area. For that reason, CASA requires pilots to complete a BVLOS exam. BVLOS training prepares you for examination and provides the knowledge you need to obtain a BVLOS rating.

What Do I Need to Fly a BVLOS Mission?

To fly a drone beyond visual line of sight you are requireTo fly a drone beyond visual line of sight you are required to:

  • Operate under a ReOC that has developed BVLOS operational procedures

  • Hold an RePL

  • Hold a BVLOS rating

  • Obtain BVLOS flight authorisation from CASA

You are required to pay an assessment fee when applying to CASA for flight authorisation.d to:

  • Operate under a ReOC that has developed BVLOS operational procedures

  • Hold an RePL

  • Hold a BVLOS rating

  • Obtain BVLOS flight authorisation from CASA

You are required to pay an assessment fee when applying to CASA for flight authorisation.

What is the Difference Between EVLOS vs BVLOS?

Extended Visual Line of Sight (EVLOS) and Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) are two different types of drone missions. Both allow the pilot to fly a drone outside of their visual line of sight with certain restrictions.

With EVLOS missions, operators can pilot drones outside your direct line of sight, but the drone must always remain within 1,500 metres of a trained operator. While there are fewer training requirements to operate EVLOS missions, the need for observers creates significant challenges when operating over large areas and long distances. 

During a BVLOS mission you can operate a drone outside your direct line of sight without the need for observers. BVLOS missions require more operator training, but they provide greater flexibility than EVLOS missions in many circumstances.

How Far Can a Drone Fly?

Some commercial drones can operate up to 200+ kilometres away from the pilot. The maximum flight distance of a drone depends on the model, battery life, operating conditions and more.

You are required to hold a BVLOS rating if you intend to fly a drone beyond your direct line of sight, noting that in some cases this may even be as little as 300 metres away. 

How Far Can I Fly a Drone During BVLOS Missions?

Some commercial drones can operate up to 200+ kilometres away from the pilot. The maximum flight distance of a drone depends on the model, battery life, operating conditions and more.

You are required to hold a BVLOS rating if you intend to fly a drone beyond your direct line of sight, noting that in some cases this may even be as little as 300 metres away. 

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