Knowing where it’s legal to fly your drone can be complex. OpenSky is the simplest and fastest way to view drone rules and regulations in the U.S. and Australia. Powered by Google Maps, pilots can find out where to fly their drone, plan a flight with a few quick clicks, check airspace rules and get automated access to controlled airspace (LAANC).
Features of OpenSky include:
Guide for drone flying - Find out where and when you can and cannot fly.
Compliance maps from Aviation Authorities - OpenSky makes it easy to visualize airspace rules tailored to your operation and aircraft; for both commercial & recreational drone operators.
Identify Risks - OpenSky will help identify possible flight hazards in your area like Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs).
Airspace authorizations - Drone operators can automatically request authorization to fly in controlled airspace, often the busy airspace near major cities. In the United States this is called LAANC.
Track your missions - OpenSky will track and manage your past and upcoming flights, notify you of changes to any planned flights.
You can find out more about OpenSky at: www.wing.com/opensky.
Bug fixes and performance improvements.
Ratings and Reviews
Good App, but could be GREAT
I’m impress with the app, and am happy that CASA has commissioned (?) the development. (It’s much better than the older app from CASA).
I have one suggestion, and that is when clicking on the pin, whether it’s a cross or exclamation mark, that you are then able to click again on the dot points for additional information about the comment. Currently the “Learn More” button takes you to a generic website. If CASA was wanting users to understand the rules better, a link to a relevant web site would be better than a comment like “Operating near a known helipad”. Does this mean that I can fly, but under a restriction, or that I can’t fly at all. If I can fly, what are the restrictions?!
I know that CASA is attempting to go down the educational path for drone pilots, so I hope that these small changes could be made to improve the finer details of the education.
Needs live ADS-B Data Notifications
OpenSky is surprisingly good and I honestly don’t know why everyone is complaining about it... I find the application easy to use, it doesn’t look too bad and seems to provide useful information to UAV (“drone”) operators.
I do have two issues with this application though - it uses Google Maps data rather than OpenStreetMap data, and it does not show live data from ADS-B systems.
Now the first issue is a philosophical issue and unlikely to change, given this application is actually made by Google... But the lack of support for ADS-B systems is unacceptable.
Whilst it is (usually) pretty easy to identify helicopters in the air, planes / jets move awfully fast and I have on occasion landed my UAV (“drone”), only to have a plane / jet fly overhead seconds later!
If this application were able to send a notification to users which says something to the affect of “Aircraft is approaching your position!”, it would avoid this situation completely, whilst enhancing safety in the process.
Hopefully Google will soon see fit to implement such functionality using their vast resources and if they can’t be bothered, there are websites like “FlightAware” and Flightradar24” which provide this information via an API... Making the implementation of such functionality even easier.
Anyway, this application is handy and I highly recommend it, even for experienced UAV (“drone”) operators.
No fly areas
Hi are the no fly areas correct? Ie Archerfield airport in Brisbane has extended no fly zone past the usual area (you can see it in the forest lake area) When going to the old app (can I fly there) the “red” no fly zone is more circular and doesn’t include the extended flight path restriction. Just need to clarify which is actually the correct restriction.
Developer Response ,
If you could please contact us at email@example.com, we'd be happy to investigate this further for you. Thanks!
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