You’ve probably all heard these terms mentioned before, but you may be slightly unsure of what they actually mean, particularly if you are new to drone flying. Below we take a look at BVLOS and EVLOS in a bit more detail and explain our stance on providing insurance cover for these types of flights.
BVLOS: Beyond Visual Line of Sight explained
BVLOS refers to a type of drone operation where the drone is flown beyond the pilot’s line of sight. This means that the pilot cannot see the drone with their naked eye, and must rely on other means such as sensors and cameras to monitor the drone’s position and progress.
The concept of BVLOS is not new, and it has been around for many years. However, the advancements in drone technology and regulations have made it more feasible and accessible in recent years. The development of reliable and affordable drones with improved battery life, better communication systems, and more sophisticated sensors has made BVLOS operations more practical.
BVLOS flights are now often used for long-range or large-scale operations, such as aerial surveys, mapping, or search and rescue missions.
BVLOS operations have considerable advantages over traditional ‘line of sight’ operations. For example, they can significantly reduce the time and cost of inspections and surveys for various industries, including agriculture, mining, and infrastructure management.
BVLOS flights are subject to more regulations and safety measures than standard drone flights due to the increased risk and complexity involved.
EVLOS: Extended Visual Line of Sight explained
EVLOS refers to drone operations where the remote pilot is unable to see the drone for part or all of the flight, but visual contact with the drone can be maintained using one or more observers. This could be because the drone has travelled a long distance from the pilot or because there is something between the drone and the pilot, such as a building or trees.
What makes the operation EVLOS rather than BVLOS is that somebody on the team is able see the drone at all times. Observers must always be able to speak to the pilot either directly or by radio in order to warn the pilot of any flight safety issues.
In summary, BVLOS refers to a drone operation where the drone is flown beyond the pilot’s line of sight and nobody can see the drone, while EVLOS refers to an operation where the drone is flown beyond the pilot’s direct line of sight but an observer still maintains visual contact with the drone.
Insurance cover for BVLOS and EVLOS flights – we’ve got you covered!
At Coverdrone, we understand that it’s becoming increasingly popular for organisations to require extended insurance coverage to carry out BVLOS flights and we’re here to help!
Our commercial drone policies can accommodate BVLOS flights, subject to approval and special underwriting terms being added to your policy. Please note that this option is available on commercial policies taken out on an annual basis only.
If EVLOS flights are carried out within the rules set by the relevant aviation authority, you will be covered without the need to seek approval first and have specific terms imposed on your policy.
In order to refer your individual circumstances to the Underwriters for BVLOS flight approval, you will need to provide us with the information outlined below.