New drone safety apps

Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Five new safety apps for recreational and commercial drone flyers in Australia have been released.

All five CASA-verified apps give users location-based information – with easy-to-use maps about where people can and cannot fly a drone according to the safety rules.

“It is exciting to bring on additional new apps for the growing drone community,” Sharon Marshall-Keeffe, CASA’s acting Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems branch manager said.

“There are now eight CASA-verified drone safety apps now available from our website.

“The apps help both and commercial and recreational drone flyers stay safe.

“Commercial operators will find the apps useful for planning, getting an airspace authorisation near a controlled aerodrome, and conducting and recording their operations.

“With Australians flying drones in record numbers, these apps play an essential role assisting people to fly within the rules

“They clearly define the location of restricted airspace, major obstacles, airports and danger areas.”

The five new app developers joining CASA’s expanding remotely piloted aircraft systems digital platform are Aerologix, Airassess, AVCRM, Flyanra, and Flyfreely.

The remotely piloted aircraft systems digital platform is an innovative approach by CASA that allows third-party app developers to deliver safety information to drone users in a consistent and accessible way.

Before taking flight, drone operators should check CASA-verified drone safety apps to access accurate information about where they can and can’t fly.

Fines of up to $11,100 can be imposed for breaching drone safety regulations.

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