THE Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has teamed up with specialist company, Drone Complier, to develop a smartphone, tablet and web-based app to help drone flyers fly safely and responsibly.
The app, called ‘Can I fly there?’ will allow those flying drones for fun, or under the new sub-2kg commercial category to enter a location where they are proposing to fly.
It will then flag nearby ‘no-drone zones’ such as airports, helicopter landing areas and other restricted areas.
It will also flag ‘no-drone zones’ areas where emergency services such as firefighters are operating.
CASA’s Group Manager, Aviation, Graeme Crawford, said that the app would also educate Australia’s drone community on what rules to follow.
‘The app will encourage these drone flyers to operate responsibly and to follow our standard operating conditions each and every time they fly,’ Mr Crawford said.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester welcomed the launch of the new safety App.
Mr Chester said aviation safety was the Government’s highest priority, not only for the travelling public but also for those on the ground.