To help drone pilots fly legally and obtain LAANC approval where needed, Wing, the drone delivery startup of Google’s parent company Alphabet, has launched the free OpenSky app for iOS and Android users.
Google’s Wing launches free OpenSky app
Wing’s OpenSky app was already available in Australia since 2019. Now, commercial and recreational drone pilots in the US can also start using this free app that is available to both iOS and Android users.
In a blog post, Wing, a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved UAS Service Supplier of the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC), announced the availability of the app for drone pilots in the US.
Wing says that the “OpenSky app makes it easy for drone flyers to abide by FAA airspace rules and regulations and request authorization to fly in controlled airspace in near real-time.”
The OpenSky app is based on Google Maps and is very easy to understand. Green areas are good to go. In yellow areas, drone pilots should be extra careful and in red areas, you shouldn’t fly at all.
One of the most useful features of the app is the built-in option to request near-real-time LAANC approval to fly your drone in controlled airspace.
Besides checking where you can legally and safely fly your drone and submit LAANC authorizations, the app also allows you to log and plan your drone flights.
You may wonder why Wing, a drone delivery company is developing an app such as OpenSky? Well, in their blog post, Wing explains that “Because with nearly two million registered drones in the U.S. already, regulatory compliance of all drones will allow them to share the sky safely. Moreover, compliance will ultimately expand the uses and benefits of drones–among them emergency response, commercial inspections and contactless delivery–to more people.”
You can learn more about OpenSky in their FAQ section.
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