The Kitepower system operation is classified as SAIL II (Specific Assurance and Integrity Level), which allows it to be performed at locations all over Europe. This level expresses to what extent the system’s operational hazards, on-ground and in the air, are limited by design and further mitigated by certain measures and strategies. The SORA (Specific Operational Risk Assessment) which Kitepower has performed, is approved at a European level under auspices of EASA, the European Aviation Safety Agency. The approval is valid throughout Europe and must be respected by the Member States’ National Aviation Authorities, who will issue a permit to fly if the locally proposed operation fits the approved conditions specified in the SORA. Based on it, Kitepower already is operating under permit in The Netherlands and Ireland.
Furthermore, the classification of the Kitepower system enables it to operate:
- in VLOS/EVLOS (Visual Line Of Sight/Extended VLOS) | from 2024: in limited BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line Of Sight)
- in uncontrolled airspace | from 2024: in restricted airspace
- by notifying the respective airspace traffic control service to issue a NOTAM (NOtice To Air Missions) about the flight operation and use of the airspace at the site
- over sparsely populated ground area
- during night
- with low visibility (kite visible from the ground at all times)
- with a visual observer on site, pilot in remote control (eg office)
- with a drone pilot license (A1/A3 and A2) plus system relevant training
This approach to permitting leads to easier and faster arrangements of Kitepower pilot installations within the EU. The EASA approval is highly regarded internationally and increasingly accepted in the rest of the world. Depending on the desired area of deployment and local regulations, additional permits (building, environmental etc.) might be required.