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Go to top of page18 June 2019
‘Can I fly there?’ drone safety app retirement and a new way to take your drone to the next level
We’re changing the way we provide you with information about where you can legally operate your drone in Australia. This will see the retirement of our ‘Can I fly there?’ drone safety app in the coming weeks.
We understand that drone flyers need clear and consistent information about where they can operate their drone, and to allow app developers to innovate to keep pace with technological change. So, we’re replacing the ‘Can I fly there?’ app with a new digital platform. App developers can apply to connect to the platform which helps facilitate access to standardised safety information.
CASA used a competitive procurement process to contract a supplier to build the digital platform and help CASA design the approval process. CASA is pleased to announce that is has contracted Wing Aviation LLC to build the platform for CASA, with the first stages nearing completion.
To connect to the platform, app developers will need to go through a robust approval and onboarding process that enables CASA to ensure the proposed app delivers accurate information and meets minimum technical requirements. We will regularly update the list of the apps approved to use our platform on our website at www.casa.gov.au/droneapp. The digital platform is being built now, and will be available to app developers in the coming months.
Requirements for apps that connect to the platform include showing airspace and emergency data as well as information on powerlines and national parks. It will also help developers integrate with CASA’s future proposed drone registration system, allow licenced operators to submit flight authorisation requests, automate approvals to operate within 3 NM of a controlled aerodrome (where safe to do so), and will provide the building blocks for a future RPA traffic management system.
The development of the platform is another first step in helping us to integrate drones into Australian airspace safely and efficiently.
You can continue to use the Can I fly there? app in the interim. It will then be removed from the app store after a transition period.