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New App Developed to Keep Drones Safe

The Civil Aviation Authority of Australia (CASA) have partnered with specialist drone software company Drone Complier to develop a smartphone app to make flying drones safer.

For the first time, an official app has been developed in Australia to help drone flyers stay safe and abide by the safety regulations. The app is called “Can I fly there?” and displays helpful information about drone safety regulations, making it an essential tool for everyone flying a drone for fun or commercial purposes.

The app clearly shows crucial drone no-fly zones and drone ‘fly with caution’ zones. Valuable information about airports is also displayed on the app, including satellite photos of runway layouts and whether airports have air traffic control services. Information is also shown for uncontrolled aerodromes and aircraft landing areas, with written advice about what to do when flying a drone in those locations.

Using a drone flyers location the app displays no-fly zones around major airports, the flight paths of smaller airports and helicopter landing areas. Users will also see restricted and military airspace where drones must not be flown. (The drone no-fly zones are shaded in red on the map. Orange shading is used to show fly with caution zones around areas where aircraft are known to operate at low altitudes.)

The App is available on Android, iOS and web-based HTML5 versions. The information shown in the app is based on the standard operating conditions for very small commercial drones, known as the excluded category. This information can be used as a guide by recreational and certified drone flyers.



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Samantha McLean

Samantha McLean is the Co-Founder and Managing Editor of Elite Agent and Host of the Elevate Podcast.