Wing’s OpenSky Drone Pilot App Launches New Features After Adoption by Tens of Thousands of Users

Wing’s OpenSky Drone Pilot App Launches New Features After Adoption by Tens of Thousands of Users

OpenSky drone pilot appby DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian Crosby

This June, the United States noticed the launch of Wing’s free drone pilot app, OpenSky, serving to drone operators of every kind safely share the sky. Since then, the app has already seen tens of hundreds of customers, starting from the likes {of professional} photographers to surveyors to pastime flyers, all utilizing the app to be taught the place they will safely fly their drones and to request authorization to fly in managed airspace.

Today, Wing introduced two new updates to the app, made doable by a brand new model of the FAA’s Low Altitude Authorization and Notification (LAANC) program. This new model of LAANC consists of a lot of enhancements and refinements that make drone flyer apps like OpenSky extra useful for customers.

The first of the 2 updates will open up new airspace that was beforehand unavailable to flyers. This can be accomplished by refining the airspace grids used within the app. With smaller and extra exact quarter-mile grid proportions, restrictions might be focused extra particularly to the place they’re wanted. Because altitude and authorization limits are outlined for a complete grid, these smaller grids will permit for extra flexibility in how restrictions are outlined. Prior to this new replace, a restrict in a single a part of an roughly one-square mile grid would forestall flyers from working inside the entirety of the grid.

The second replace is available in response to customers requesting a better technique of acquiring night time time approvals in LAANC. In partnership with the FAA, this new replace will allow Part 107 flyers to request close to real-time authorization to fly at night time, immediately by the OpenSky app.

DRONELIFE beforehand reported on OpenSky’s preliminary U.S. launch, detailing the mission assertion behind the app and the choice to make the app broadly out there to the general public at no cost. DRONELIFE’s earlier article might be discovered here

Ian attended Dominican University of California, the place he acquired a BA in English in 2019. With a lifelong ardour for writing and storytelling and a eager curiosity in expertise, he’s now contributing to DroneLife as a workers author.