Vincent Villatte / August 31, 2023

New feature: Population density data enhances drone missions in France

Vincent Villatte By Vincent Villatte

Introducing a new ScaleFlyt feature for France: Enhancing drone missions using population density data to mitigate ground risk and align with EASA's SORA methodology for improved operational precision and safety.

We would like to highlight the profound significance and substantial advantages of the newly integrated feature within ScaleFlyt available for drone operations in France. The concept of population density holds a pivotal role in the world of drone operations, exerting a direct influence on ground risk. Ground risk pertains to the potential hazards that drones pose to individuals, properties, and critical infrastructures.


Numerous factors converge to shape ground risk, including population density, the nature of the operation whether Visual Line of Sight (VLOS) or Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS), drone dimensions, and the implementation of risk mitigation strategies. Notably, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has meticulously developed a methodology known as Specific Operations Risk Assessment (SORA) to assess the risk associated with drone operations.

The SORA process, encompassing ten comprehensive steps, begins with outlining the operation and assessing both ground and air risks. In this context, population density takes on particular significance. By factoring in elements such as population density, SORA enables operators to identify operational limitations, set training objectives for key personnel (such as remote pilots, observers, maintainers, etc.), define drone-specific technical requirements, and establish operationally suitable procedures for inclusion in the operator manual.

This innovative capability is the result of extensive research and insights, supported by sources like the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). By embracing this functionality within ScaleFlyt, you empower yourselves with a critical tool for preparing drone operations with a significant advantage: improved precision, safety, efficiency.

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