ASTM F3196 - 18

    Standard Practice for Seeking Approval for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) Operations

    Active Standard ASTM F3196 | Developed by Subcommittee: F38.02

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.11


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    Significance and Use

    4.1 This practice is written for all sUAS seeking permission to operate BVLOS (E) or BVLOS, or both, in airspace authorized by a CAA.

    4.2 It is assumed that the maximum weight, altitude, and airspeed of an sUAS will be specified by a CAA. However, unless otherwise specified by a nation’s CAA, this practice applies to sUA that:

    4.2.1 Have a maximum takeoff gross weight of less than 55 lb (25 kg), including everything that is on board or otherwise attached to the aircraft, and

    4.2.2 Are remotely piloted (that is, flown without the possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the aircraft).

    1. Scope

    1.1 Compliance with this practice is recommended as one means of seeking approval from a civil aviation authority (CAA) to operate a small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS). Any regulatory application of this practice to sUAS and other unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) is at the discretion of the appropriate CAA.

    1.2 Units—The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.

    1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

    1.4 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    F2908 Specification for Unmanned Aircraft Flight Manual (UFM) for an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)

    F2909 Practice for Maintenance and Continued Airworthiness of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS)

    F2910 Specification for Design and Construction of a Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS)

    F2911 Practice for Production Acceptance of Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS)

    F3002 Specification for Design of the Command and Control System for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS)

    F3003 Specification for Quality Assurance of a Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS)

    F3005 Specification for Batteries for Use in Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS)

    F3178 Practice for Operational Risk Assessment of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS)

    F3201 Practice for Ensuring Dependability of Software Used in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

    F3266 Guide for Training for Remote Pilot in Command of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Endorsement

    F3269 Practice for Methods to Safely Bound Flight Behavior of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Containing Complex Functions

    F3298 Specification for Design, Construction, and Verification of Fixed-Wing Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 49.020 (Aircraft and space vehicles in general)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 25131700(Military fixed wing aircraft)


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    DOI: 10.1520/F3196-18

    Citation Format

    ASTM F3196-18, Standard Practice for Seeking Approval for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) Operations, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2018, www.astm.org

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