CASA and Drone Complier develop app for safe drone flights

'Can I fly there?' app (supplied)

'Can I fly there?' app (supplied)

Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has partnered with Drone Complier to develop an app that helps drone flyers operate safely.

The ‘Can I fly there?’ smartphone, tablet and web-based app is suitable for those flying drones for recreation or CASA’s new sub-2kg commercial category.

It will enable drones to enter the proposed location and will flag nearby ‘no-drone zones’ such as airports and emergency service areas.

CASA’s group manager, aviation, Graeme Crawford, said it will 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,” Crawford said.

“We know people want to have fun with their drones. We want to help them do this safely by reducing the potential for them to fly their drone inadvertently in a way that might cause a threat to aircraft or other people.”

Crawford said that they will also provide necessary information and services they may need when flying.