High Risk Commercial SPO

High risk activities are those which pose a high risk in particular to third parties on the ground. Each activity will need to be assessed by the operator. If they believe the activity will pose a high risk they must apply to the Malta CAD or their EASA member state Competent Authority for a High Risk Authorisation.

Each activity has to be assessed against the specific nature of the activity, the environment in which it is conducted and whether the activity poses a high risk in particular to third parties on the ground.

Note: Only COMMERCIAL SPO-operators require a High Risk Authorisation (HRA). The CAD has published a list of high risk commercial specialised operations for which an authorisation is required in OAN 01/17.

 Applying for High Risk Authorisation

A High Risk Authorisation can only be granted to declared SPO operators. The HRA application will need to be received a minimum of 60 days prior to the activity and must include the following:

i. A description of the Operator’s Management System, including the organisational structure
ii. A risk assessment for the planned operation
iii. Standard Operating Procedures

 Completion of Application Form 0318 is mandatory.
Application Authorisation of high risk commercial specialised operations CAD 337

Note: SPO.OP.230 and its AMCs and GM give detailed information on how to establish SOPs and risk assessments.